City challenges county to get involved on bypass
By Matt Ward —
The final message from outgoing acting public works director Walter Ragsdale to the Fredericksburg City Council was a simple one.
It can’t be done alone.
If an outer loop corridor — also called an alternate truck route — is to be constructed to alleviate traffic concerns on Main Street in Fredericksburg, city, county and state officials must work together with a “single voice and single plan,” he said.
Ragsdale, former Richardson director of transportation during the development and construction of the President George Bush turnpike in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, made a final presentation to the city Monday evening as new public works director Clinton Bailey takes over this week.
During discussion of the alternate truck route, Fredericksburg Mayor Jeryl Hoover recalled a conversation with State Rep. Doug Miller on the issue.
“The first words out of his mouth were, ‘Well, you’ve got to get the county on board with you.’ That’s the word that needs to go out,” Hoover said. “We’re doing a lot of deep research and looking into it again, but we’re clear that we cannot do this by ourselves and it’s not our intention.”
In order to ensure TxDOT involvement in the project, all local players must be on the same page, Ragsdale said.
“When you go to talk to TxDOT, you’ve got to go with a unified voice and get everybody behind one route,” he said. “My recommendation is that you’ve really got to get it shovel-ready.”
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