TxDOT gives update on local plans
Representatives from the Texas Department of Transportation presented Gillespie County Commissioners with information about their four-year Transportation Improvement Program.
The program includes current projects as well as projects scheduled through 2022.
“This lays out current projects and describes why they are needed as well as any concerns,” said Darcy Schipole, who works with planning and development for the San Antonio District. “In our four-year plan, we lay out projects that are feasible to be completed in that time-frame and that we believe will get done.”
She stated that in rural areas, there is a capital improvement program that includes highway, transit and bicycle transportation. Preventative maintenance and rehab are the most common projects completed.
“TxDOT has a fund for District Discretionary, in which the district pairs with a county and provides a certain amount of funding each year to help share costs,” Schipole said.
TxDOT also has a project tracker which lays out specific projects underway and future projects so the public can understand the status.
Currently in the county, TxDOT is working to complete resurfacing on U.S. 87 South, and bridge repair at Marshall Creek, among others.
Upcoming projects include lane widening at U.S. 87 South for a left turn lane, the addition of rumble strips to certain roadways, improving guard rail designs on U.S. 290 West, east of the Doss Spring Creek Road, and improving guardrail, and widening the road at FM 2093 for safety purposes.
A full list of projects can be found online.
Commissioners also plan to attend the public workshop put on by TxDOT for the Fredericksburg Relief Route Study from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 31 at the Hill Country University Center.
“This is something that is in the works and we encourage the public to come and see what is going on as well as provide input,” Cathy Kratz, area engineer for the Burnet District, said. “We would like public opinion on concerns or ideas so we can see what people want as U.S. 290 continues to grow.”
Larry Burrow of the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association brought up that there have been recent issues of bringing power to the Livestock Barn at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.
Burrow said there is a need to distribute electrical service to several buildings on the property owned by the fair association, as well as to the livestock barn, which is owned by the county.
“They are looking to find a place where we could help add an easement to add electrical capacity,” County Judge Mark Stroeher said.
The cost of the project would be about $44,000.
“We ran into the same problem at the peddler barn,” he said.
“He presented commissioners with a map of the proposed project that showed a couple of different potential methods for how to bring the electricity in,” Stroeher said following the meeting. “He had a preferred route to show how they would like us to do this and how it would be distributed to all the buildings.”
Burrow stated the association had not yet received prices but wanted to inform commissioners about the project.
“Before we get the numbers on this, if the county would agree to give us this easement that would go on the west side of the peddler barn, we can move forward. Otherwise, it might not be worth digging into this,” he said.
County Commissioner Pct. 1 Charles Olfers asked how the costs would be distributed and Stroeher followed up saying that the group is hoping for the county to pay a portion of the cost, in addition to other organizations, but no final decision was made.
“I just wanted to see if this was even an option and I will come back once we have run the numbers,” Burrow said.
Since no final cost was given, commissioners took no action.
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