Relief Route summary to be presented


Online meeting will show study's process, findings of potential project after two-year study


Texas Department of Transportation will present a summary of the Fredericksburg Relief Route Study during a joint meeting  Tuesday, Sept. 8.

The presentation will be made during Fredericksburg City Council’s 6 p.m. Zoom meeting. Gillespie County Commissioners will join the city council in hearing the report.

To listen to the meeting, use the following credentials:


 Meeting ID: 895 8206 7264

Password: 786247521

By phone:

877-853-5247 (Toll free)

888-788-0099 (Toll free)

Meeting ID: 895 8206 7264


Viewers may also access this meeting and presentation through livestream on the City of Fredericksburg’s Facebook page.

Audio of this meeting will be recorded and uploaded to the city website following the conclusion of the meeting.

The final written report will be completed by the end of September and will be available for public review on the city’s website at


About the study

The City of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County, in partnership with TxDOT, conducted the Fredericksburg Relief Route Study to evaluate the feasibility of constructing a United States highway around the City of Fredericksburg. The study, which was initiated in early 2018, was overseen by the Gillespie County Relief Route Task Force.

Existing U.S. 290 is an east-to-west highway passing through downtown Fredericksburg and its Main Street tourist area. Discussions about a possible relief route have been ongoing in the Gillespie County area for many years.

As traffic volumes and congestion continue to increase, the need for a relief route has become an important safety and quality-of-life issue for the community.

This summary report documents the Fredericksburg Relief Route Study process and findings. The process included identification, development and evaluation of route options, identification of a technically preferred route option and development of a preliminary design schematic for the technically preferred route option.

Other aspects of the study, also documented in this report, included public involvement and outreach as well as the preparation of Environmental Existing Conditions reports, traffic modelling, and an historic resources survey.


Public comment

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the city is allowing written or verbal public comments.

To submit a written comment, residents must do so by 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8. Comments can be submitted by completing the Citizen Comment Form online at, or by emailing

Citizen Comment Forms can also be completed inside the public access entrance at City Hall, 126 W. Main Street, and placed in the box appropriately marked.

Copies of the submitted comments will be provided to the city council and made public on the city website under the “September 8, 2020, Special Meeting of City Council and County Commissioners” tab.

Verbal comments can be submitted to by 3 p.m. on Sept. 8. Comments must include the resident’s name, address and contact information.

Verbal commenters should log onto the meeting 15 minutes early, set their name in the ID on the Zoom meeting and wait for their name to be called. Commenters will be limited to three minutes.