Steering the issue

Town won’t suffer from having truck route to divert traffic

By Ken Esten Cooke— We welcome members of the Gillespie County Commissioner’s Court to the conversation about an alternate truck route around town. Getting all entities on board is the first step in beginning that process.

While we understand the concerns about diverting some traffic and its potential effect on economic activity, we feel Fredericksburg has passed the point to where this should be the main point of the argument.

A loop’s detrimental effects were a legitimate concern in the 1980s and 1990s, as Fredericksburg slowly grew its Main Street attractions and wineries began dotting the landscape. Indeed, most rural towns struggle to attract visitors.

But with the addition of more downtown attractions — the National Museum for the Pacific War, a revived Marktplatz, and many sophisticated retailers — Fredericksburg has passed the one million per year visitor county and established itself as a sought-after destination. That it has made list after list of national and statewide shopping and wine destinations has only solidified its reputation.

The addition of the Texas Center for Wine and Culinary Arts and more hotels will only draw more people. Fredericksburg’s future is bright and we should continue to see rising sales tax receipts as a benefit.

To wait to begin planning for the truck loop is to play with fire.

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