East side road projects begin

Construction on five Hays County road transportation projects east of Interstate 35 is underway, with some improvements expected to be completed by 2019.

The five projects on the east side of the county include construction on Dacy Lane, Hillside Terrace, FM 2001 to State HIghway 21, Windy Hill Road and Cotton Gin Road.

The Dacy Lane project would extend from Hillside Terrace to Bebee Road. The county recently began doing engineering and design on the project. Pct. 2 County Commissioner Mark Jones expects nine to 10 months before construction can begin on the project.

The Dacy Lane project has been in the works since before Jones first took office in 2010. The project has taken funds from several sources to get to completion and currently has $20 million budgeted from the 2016 Hays County Road Bond. Full design is estimated to be completed in late 2019.

Construction includes widening lanes and the extension of the road to Bebee Road. The county will construct four 12-foot lanes with eight-foot shoulders.

Part of the funds for improvements on Hillside Terrance from I-35 to FM 2001 were also allocated through the 2016 Bond. The road construction on Hillside Terrace will include safety improvements and right-of-way acquisition, costing $2.6 million, according to county documents. 

Jones said Hays County is in the final stages of engineering and design for the realignment of FM 2001 from I-35 to SH 21 to improve safety. Once the county completes its portion of engineering and design, Jones said the state would manage construction on the project. The total cost of the project is unknown at the time of reporting. 

The county is currently working on purchasing the right-of-way for the four-lane road which has a median separating two lanes and shoulders on each side. 

Jones estimated construction could start on Hillside Terrace and FM 2001 by late 2018 to early 2019.

Construction on Windy Hill Road will begin as soon as design and engineering on the road are complete. Jones said design and engineering are still in beginning stages, about 35 percent complete, and is expected to take another year before the county can begin construction. The price for the project is budgeted at $21.6 million.

This is part of a county funded corridor study in order to figure out the scope of the project.

A county-funded corridor study to determine the scope of the project will include “a high level traffic analysis to determine what type of road improvements are needed in order to handle current and future traffic conditions,” Jennifer Scott, executive assistant to Jones wrote to the Hays Free Press.

Jones said Kyle plans to begin working on its own improvements to Windy Hill within its city limits.

Cotton Gin Road is being reconstructed to improve low water crossings and drainage issues.

The Texas General Land Office awarded the county $5 million in grant funds for Cotton Gin Road improvements. However, the total cost of the project has not yet been determined.

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