San Marcos City Council considering new 30 mph speed limit on Hopkins Street and Hunter Road

San Marcos City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to reduce the speed limit to 30 mph from 35 and 45 mph along the section of Hopkins Street and Hunter Road between Guadalupe Street and Wonder World Drive.

In 2017, the Texas Department of Transportation removed this section from the state highway system and transferred control, jurisdiction and maintenance to the city of San Marcos. The San Marcos Department of Transportation recommended to change the stretch of road to 30 mph, which is the default speed limit for any street in an urban district.

Along this part of Hopkins and Hunter, a combination of historical, residential, restaurant and retail properties generate significant bike and pedestrian activity, according to the transportation department.

"That section is highly used by bicyclists and pedestrians," Council Member Lisa Prewitt said. "I bike it on weekends all the time. When the far right lane on Hunter Road turns and ends into the [Purgatory] apartment complex, it can get a little risky there. So, I think taking it down to 30 mph—if we're really trying to create this walkable, bikeable environment—is a great thing."

Council Member Jane Hughson said the city has also completed other efforts to decrease traffic along the section. Since San Marcos assumed control of this part of Hopkins and Hunter, the city has implemented a truck weight restriction and plans to reconstruct Hunter to include additional traffic-calming elements, such as narrow lanes, raised crosswalks and improved sidewalks.

Council Member Ed Mihalkanin expressed concerns about the current and future placements of the speed limit signs.

"You have a 45 mph sign, if you're heading east into town, right before the entrance of Jack's Roadhouse, and then maybe 15 feet away you have a 35 mph sign, which is a real abrupt drop," he said. "There has to be a different placement of the speed limit signs, and there has to be more of them on the stretch of Hunter Road from Wonder World Drive to San Antonio Street. I don't want [San Marcos] ever getting labeled as a speed trap town since people are accustomed to the already-established speeds."

A speed limit change must be approved by ordinance and requires two readings by City Council. The second reading is scheduled for council's Sept. 4 meeting.

"If the speed limit change is approved on second reading, the signs will be installed soon after," San Marcos Communications Specialist Trey Hatt said. "Signs will be installed on each end of the new speed zone at Guadalupe and Wonder World Drive and intermittently within the speed zone."

The city expects to allow a two- to three-month grace period for drivers to adjust to the new speeds after signs are implemented.



MOST RECENT

Community members were invited to the Hutto ISD Ninth Grade Center for an open house Aug. 5. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
Hutto ISD unveils $49M Ninth Grade Center with ribbon cutting, open house

Hutto ISD celebrated the completion of its Ninth Grade Center Aug. 5 with a ribbon cutting and open house.

Austin city staff, police and volunteers managed the clearing of a portion of downtown Austin's Cesar Chavez Street homeless encampment Aug. 5. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
City-backed homeless encampment relocations continue days ahead of shift in Austin camping ban enforcement

The city is working to connect as many as 60 people living along Cesar Chavez Street with temporary shelter this week.

The library will incorporate the new programs during the fall/winter of 2021-22. Until then, parents and guardians are encouraged to use the new Bright by Text service to access child development tools and information. (Community Impact Newspaper)
New Braunfels Public Library awarded grant to provide family-focused programming

The library will incorporate the new programs during the fall/winter of 2021-22. Until then, parents and guardians are encouraged to use the new Bright by Text service to access child development tools and information.

Photo of downtown Austin over Lady Bird Lake
Austin-Travis County officially moves to Stage 5 coronavirus risk

Austin Public Health released new guidelines for both vaccinated and unvaccinated community members as hospitalizations associated with COVID-19 continue to rise.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced the date for a second special legislative session. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Abbott announces second special session agenda

The special session will be Aug. 7 with 17 items on the agenda ranging from bail reform to employment.

San Marcos City Council set out to have a discussion about the city's utility assistance program and ended up forgiving all current residential delinquencies. (Photo Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)
San Marcos City Council forgives utility debt

City Council previously set up a program to assist with payments.

The proposed Wild Ridge master-planned neighborhood northeast of downtown Dripping Springs would include 960 homes on 40- to 60-foot-wide lots. (Courtesy City of Dripping Springs)
Master-planned neighborhood in Dripping Springs to bring 960 homes, new roads

The proposed development by Meritage Homes would feature amenities such as a disc golf course.

TxDOT breaks ground on the $107 million I-35 at Hwy. 123 project in San Marcos. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)
Construction on I-35 at Hwy. 123 project in San Marcos gets underway

The project is one of several initiatives that TxDOT is undertaking on I-35 in Central Texas.

Q&A: Greg Smith, executive director of Fast Growth School Coalition

Greg Smith is the former superintendent of Clear Creek ISD and became executive director of Fast Growth School Coalition in December 2020. 

The Kyle City Council approved a map for an update to its transportation master plan during a meeting July 6. (Courtesy Fotolia)
New Kyle transportation plan seeks to keep pace with city’s relentless growth

The plan outlines an increase of I-35 crossings from three to five.

Hays County health officials are urging members of the community to get vaccinated to avoid hospitalization and serious illness. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Hays County reports 2 COVID-19-related fatalities as cases continue to climb

Hays County reported two deaths and 470 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend.

Photo of a doctor with a pregnant woman
Austin health experts warn delta variant could pose higher risk for pregnant women

Maternal medicine doctors across Central Texas have seen increasing numbers of pregnant women coming to the hospital with breathing issues and pregnancy complications as a result of COVID-19.