County reps will enter truck route talks with 'open mind'

By Lisa Treiber-Walter

 

While the City of Fredericksburg seems ready to put the “pedal to the metal” on constructing an alternate vehicular route, its partner Gillespie County Commissioners’ Court wants to proceed with caution.

Both local governments have now passed separate resolutions relating to an alternate roadway designed to ease downtown congestion and improve traffic flow around Fredericksburg.

Fredericksburg City Councilmen have overtly shown their support for an outer loop corridor and have urged the newly-formed “Alternate Truck Route Task Force” to “aggressively pursue” construction.

Gillespie’s county officials have opted for a different approach, calling for the task force to start studying the need for a additional route with open minds and then consider a plan that would not only benefit truck traffic, but also all vehicular traffic.

“I think what is going to be important for this task force to look at is to have no pre-determination. It should be fact-finding and look at all the pros and all the cons and see where that leads us and then make recommendations on the facts that we gather,” said Commissioner Donnie Schuch, who agreed July 8 to serve alongside Commissioner Curtis Cameron as the county’s two officials on the task force.

(Citizen Cord Switzer was selected during the special session Monday, July 15, as the county’s third appointee to the task force.)

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