Transportation issues dominate commissioners’ court

Robin Blackburn


Transportation items dominated the Hays County Commissioners Court agenda recently.

In Dripping Springs, Commissioners authorized the relocation of the intersection of Ranch Road 150 and Ranch Road 12.  The work will be done by American Structurepoint Inc., and will relocate the intersection approximately 300 feet south of its current location.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant said that people familiar with the intersection will recognize the need for improvements. “This intersection has never been in a good spot,” he said.

The court also made changes on who will represent Hays County on the Capital Area Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CARTPO). Commissioners approved the nomination of Commissioners Mark Jones and Lon Shell as the county’s representatives to CARTPO. They will replace Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe and former Commissioner Will Conley. CARTPO works with the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization on regional transportation issues.

Commissioners also approved a supplement to the county’s professional service agreement with HDR Engineering, Inc. for professional engineering services on the Robert S. Light Boulevard Extension, also known as the Buda Truck Bypass. The project is part of the Hays County/Texas Department of Transportation Partnership Program. Jones said the supplement will help with the acquisition of right-of-way for the bypass.

Another transportation-item was the court’s approval of the creation of an emergency access point on Horace Howard Drive for a subdivision being built in the area. Ingalsbe said the county will be doing the work, but the developer will be reimbursing the county 100 percent. The county also will hold the easement rights to the emergency access point.

In other business, the commissioners approved out-of-state travel for Floodplain Administrator Tom Pope to attend the Association of State Floodplain Managers Annual Conference in Phoenix. Pope received the Floodplain Manager of the Year award and was invited to attend the conference.

Ingalsbe congratulated Pope on his award. “Because of that, he’s able to attend this conference at no cost to the county,” Ingalsbe said. “We’re really proud of him.”

“He’s very well respected and knowledgeable in the field he works in,” Whisenant said.

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