County unsure on future of alternate truck route

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By Matt Ward —

 

One week after presenting his recommendations for pursuing an alternate truck route around Fredericksburg to the Fredericksburg City Council, outgoing city acting public works director Walter Ragsdale told Gillespie County commissioners top priority should be given to protecting the right of way for a potential route.

“What you don’t want to do is allow a building in that ultimate right of way,” Ragsdale said during the court’s regular meeting Monday. “It might be that through a planning process, you could reserve that right of way for future purchase. You’ve got to get out there and look at it parcel by parcel as it comes in and preserve and protect (the right of way).”

County officials, having dealt with Texas Department of Transportation staff on the possibility of an alternate truck route several years ago, expressed concern that the project would never come to fruition.

“I don’t know exactly how we go from here,” County Judge Mark Stroeher said. “(In) the last discussions that we had with TxDOT three or four years ago, the county did take the lead in working with them for several years on that, just trying to get some kind of an alternate route. What they came up with was just a monstrosity and it would not fit well in Gillespie County.”

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