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July 19th, 2010
A brief history of the Wonder World Drive extension


» Blue Ribbon Bond Committee recommends the Wonder World Drive Extension Project as high priority.


» San Marcos voters approve $1.5 million bond for right‐of‐way acquisition for Wonder World Drive Extension Project with 74 percent voter approval; General Obligation bonds issued in 1999.


» City of San Marcos begins environmental assessment for design and property acquisition.


» City of San Marcos issues certificates of obligation for $1.2 million for design and continued environmental studies.

» City receives state and federal environmental clearances (FONSI) and project is cleared for construction in November 2004.


» The City of San Marcos submits a pass‐through financing application to the Texas Department of Transportation for construction and right‐of‐way reimbursement.

» Congress approves a $10 million appropriation for the project for right‐of‐way acquisition, continued environmental and archaeological work, engineering, design and construction.


» Texas Transportation Commission approved pass through financing agreement.


» Kellogg Brown & Root begin design and engineering of parkway; detailed archaeological studies conducted.

August 19, 2008

» City council awards $26.2 million construction contract to Rodman, LLC with Groundbreaking Celebration held September 2, 2008.

October 21, 2008

» City council declares Rodman non-responsive to award conditions and awards the contract to J.C. Evans construction.

July 24, 2010

» Citizens will celebrate completion of the parkway with a day of festivities culminating in its opening to traffic at 6 p.m.


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