Traffic delays along 290 West due to construction

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UPDATE: Hays County corrected their press release, which originally stated that there would be an addition of a traffic signal. The upcoming work on US 290 at Martin Road in Dripping Springs does not include the addition of a traffic signal.  A revised quote from Pct. 4 Commission Walt Smith reads: 

“This project will alleviate some of the traffic that tends to back up in the area and vastly improve safety at a key intersection on US 290,” Smith said. “While the addition of turn lanes is a vast improvement, it’s just a start. We are committed to working with TxDOT to ensure folks feel safe on our roadways in Hays County.”

Travelers along US 290 West in Dripping Springs should expect some traffic delays as a realignment project begins on Friday, Sept. 24.

Map of construction area, courtesy of Hays County.

Construction of a minor realignment at the intersection of Martin Road and a dedicated right turn lane addition on US 290 West, is a project by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Work will begin on or about Sept. 24 with a targeted completion in the Spring of 2022.

The right turn lane will include paving, drainage, signing and pavement markings. This addition will allow for more traffic volume to travel through the intersection, reducing travel times and improving safety at the intersection, according to Hays County.

“This project will alleviate some of the traffic that tends to back up in the area and vastly improve the safety at a key intersection on US 290,” said Commissioner Walt Smith, Pct. 4. “While the addition of turn lanes and a signal is a vast improvement, it’s just a start. We are committed to working with TxDOT to ensure folks feel safe on our roadways in Hays County.”

The project is valued at nearly $1.4 million. Funds are provided through the 2016 voter-approved Hays County Road Bonds program.

For questions about the project, contact Hays County Transportation at 512-560-7734, or email winton.porterfield@co.hays.tx.us.

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