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March 31st, 2008
Yarrington Bridge dedication

Melissa Millecam
Communications Director
City of San Marcos

The City of San Marcos, Hays County and Carma Developers dedicated the Yarrington Bridge at Blanco Vista on Saturday, March 29, 2008 in a ceremony that opened the new bridge to the public.

The Yarrington Bridge was built through a hallmark public-private partnership that enabled San Marcos to gain its second railroad overpass in as many years.

The bridge spans the Union Pacific railroad tracks and Post Road and extends Yarrington Road to the new 575-acre Blanco Vista residential community being built in the northern San Marcos city limits.

Carma Developers coordinated the construction of the bridge and has contributed $1 million toward the cost. The City of San Marcos and Hays County established a Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone, and will use property tax revenues generated by the Blanco Vista development to reimburse the public portion of the estimated $8.1 million project. Now that construction is completed, final project costs will be taken to the TIRZ board for approval.

Speakers at the event included Mayor Susan Narvaiz, Hays County Judge Liz Sumter, County Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe, Hays CISD Superintendent Dr. Kirk London, and Shaun Cranston, General Manager of Carma Developers. The 11 a.m. dedication included presentation of a plaque for the bridge, a ribbon cutting, and the first ceremonial crossing by San Marcos Fire Rescue, San Marcos Police and EMS vehicles.

“The Yarrington Overpass represents an outstanding partnership by the public and private sectors creating direct access to a beautiful new residential community that has become an important part of San Marcos,” said Mayor Susan Narvaiz.

“The fact that we were able to build a second overpass so quickly—when it took us decades to get our first overpass built—offers great testimony to the importance of government and business working together, “she added.

“This project will be paid for by the property taxes generated by a beautiful new master-planned community,” said Mayor Narvaiz. “We are thrilled to have Blanco Vista in San Marcos offering a whole new concept of neighborhood amenities in our city.”

The partnership also includes Hays County, a participant in the TIRZ.

“This is another example of what a great and successful partnership can accomplish,” said Precinct 1 County Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe. “Not only do we have our second bridge over the railroad tracks in San Marcos, but we have a very needed piece of infrastructure providing better mobility, an economic tool and more importantly a much needed safety measure for our residents that does not currently exist in this area.

“I would like to extend a special thank you to Shaun Cranston of Carma Developers for his investment and selection of Hays County for such wonderful projects in the Yarrington Overpass and the Blanco Vista Development and to Mayor Narvaiz for her foresight and continued efforts in partnering with Hays County,” Ingalsbe said.

The Blanco Vista residential community is the first major subdivision to lie both within the San Marcos city limits and the Hays CISD boundaries. The new Blanco Vista Elementary School has been constructed on land donated by Carma Developers.

“We are excited about this new addition to our school system and look forward to opening Blanco Vista Elementary School,” said Dr. Kirk London, Superintendent of Hays CISD. “We are proud of the school and community and are appreciative of the work by the City of San Marcos in providing infrastructure here. This overpass is an excellent example of that.”

“We at Carma are so proud of Blanco Vista and all it offers the City of San Marcos,” said General Manager Shaun Cranston. “From the Yarrington Bridge to Blanco Vista Elementary School — we hope these contributions demonstrate our pride in the community and all that we would like to give to San Marcos. We feel the cooperation between Carma and the city is the key to achieving wonderful success, not only for Blanco Vista but for the entire town as well.”

The Yarrington Bridge at Blanco Vista spans approximately 475 feet. Extending over Post Road and the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR), the bridge provides four lanes of two way access over the railroad tracks.

The Yarrington Bridge is the only grade-separated roadway expanding over the UPRR between FM 1626 and Wonder World Drive. The bridge is 70 feet wide and constructed of 40 pre-stressed concrete beams each 125 feet long, 54 inches deep.

During construction of the new bridge 1,100 cubic yards of concrete; 4,925 feet of concrete beams; 1,476 drilled shafts; 22,250 square feet of retaining wall; and 132,260 cubic yards of new embankment were used.

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4 thoughts on “Yarrington Bridge dedication

  1. It’s so nice those folks won’t have to drive the mile or so down to get around trains. What about the rest of the city?

  2. Yes, they have built this bridge where there is already had a RR underpass only about a mile away?? I find it odd that a bridge was not first built around Aquarina Springs Road where many more people live and actually don’t have a nearby underpass.

  3. I believe the short answer is that the city requires infrastructure tied to the thoroughfare plan to be completed when the land abutting it is developed.

    The developer is responsible for building to the level required to service the people that will be in their development and the city has the option of building more, to handle future growth, if it makes sense to do so at the same time.

    Aquarena Springs is already developed, so the mechanism for getting an overpass there would be different.

  4. An Aquarena Sprigs overpass is in the long term plans, but aside from the construction logistics and funding that need to be figured out, there are some issues with the right of way, which is owned by the railroad. Railroad right of ways are worth more than gold, and supersede all local jurisdiction and RR companies are very hesitant to give them up.

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