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October 13th, 2011
San Marcos awarded over $12 million in highway funds


The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Transportation Policy board of directors on Monday awarded the city of San Marcos $12.2 million in state transportation funds.

The funds will go toward two projects:

• $6 million to widen and improve Hunter Road between Wonder World Drive and Bishop Street; the project will allow for the inclusion of hike and bike amenities and intersection improvements

• $6.2 million to improve the intersections of Loop 82 (Aquarena Springs Drive) and Texas 80 (Hopkins Street) at Interstate 35

“These improvements will enhance mobility and safety at very important entrance points to our city,” said San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero. “The fact that CAMPO awarded the funds shows how important these projects are and how diligently our Capital Improvements and Transportation staff worked at developing them.”

Construction is slated to begin by August 2013.

The funds come from $3 billion in general obligation bonds for highway improvements which Texas voters approved as Proposition 12 in November 2007. The bonds are backed by the state’s general revenue, not by fuel tax revenues, and passed by a vote of 63 percent.

Proposition 12 funds are only available for roadway projects that provide a major benefit to the state highway system and have a major safety and mobility benefit. The grant doesn’t require the city to match the funds.

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