The Buda City Council approved an interlocal agreement on Oct. 12 with Hays County for maintenance of drainage culverts at Robert S. Light Boulevard and approved a bid for a contract to add 2,600 feet of new waterline along RM 967.

The Hays County Commissioners Court approved its part of the interlocal agreement on Sept. 21 to repair and maintain the drainage under Robert S. Light Boulevard at I-35. The Texas Department of Transportation estimates this project to cost $90,000, which will be split evenly between the city of Buda and Hays County.

Once the project has been completed and Robert S. Light Boulevard becomes a state roadway, TxDOT will be responsible for the future maintenance.

In addition, the board approved a bid by QRO Mex Construction for $548,499 to move and replace 2,600 feet of water lines deeper along RM 967 as their current depth is not adequate, according to water resources coordinator Blake Neffendorf. The work will begin near Ruby Ranch Road and go down to FM 1626.

QRO Mex Construction's bid was the second lowest but, according to agenda documents, the company provided data of better experience with projects of this type. The bid also had the lowest difference from the engineer's estimate.

Unlike the project in partnership with the city and the county, this project is part of a partnership between Hays County and TxDOT.

The project is expected to begin November and be completed no later than February 2022.