By Megan Wehring
WIMBERLEY — After months of discussing the issue, downtown traffic is still an ongoing hot topic for Wimberley City Council, despite officers stationed in the square for traffic control assistance.
“The traffic has been terrible,” said Mayor Pro Tem Rebecca Minnick, at the Dec. 3 city council meeting. “The weather really tamped it down but generally, it’s going out past River Road and down almost to 3227. We need to be looking at some long-term solutions in terms of traffic flow.”
Officers have continued working Saturday shifts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. but there will not be a Sunday officer due to lighter traffic on that day, according to interim city administrator Paul Parker. There will be extended shifts for the officers during events including Wimberley Market Days on Saturday, Dec. 5 and the Wimberley Winter’s Eve festival on Saturday, Dec. 12, Parker explained.
Council member Teresa Shell addressed the issue of large trucks passing through downtown.
“A double-wide modular home going through the square, along with the semis, that are not stopping in town,” Shell said. “They are simply going through town versus using the bypass. It’s really dangerous to have a really large semi.”
Shell also said heavy traffic can be expected in Wimberley almost every day.
“It’s bumper to bumper Friday, Saturday and Sunday past the bridge toward City Hall all the way through town at times,” Shell said. “It’s also, believe it or not, during the week it’s been bumper to bumper.”
John Provost, public works superintendent, and the city of Wimberley will be coordinating with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to find solutions for traffic control.