San Marcos reduces speed limits on third street near downtown

The affected streets run parallel to the Hopkins Street Reconstruction project. (Courtesy Fotolia)
The affected streets run parallel to the Hopkins Street Reconstruction project. (Courtesy Fotolia)

The affected streets run parallel to the Hopkins Street Reconstruction project. (Courtesy Fotolia)

San Marcos City Council voted unanimously Oct. 7 to reduce the speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph on Burleson Street between Moore Street and Prospect Street.

A temporary speed reduction was also implemented by the city Sept. 25 along the nearby sections of San Antonio Street and Belvin Street to improve the flow of detoured traffic due to the reconstruction of Hopkins Street, according to a Sept. 25 press release issued by the city.

“The construction on Hopkins Street has resulted in an increase in thru traffic on San Antonio and Belvin Streets,” said Laurie Moyer, director of engineering and capital improvements, in the press release. “We want the families living, biking and walking on those streets to feel safe, and reducing the speed of traffic flow is an effective way to do that.”

According to the release, the temporary speed reductions along San Antonio and Belvin were also expected to become permanent, pending review by City Council.

The $10.1 million Hopkins Street Reconstruction project, funded by the city and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, was expected to be completed during summer 2022, weather and other factors permitting.


The second phase of the project is expected to begin in November and will span from Johnson Avenue to Bishop Street.

The project will replace water and wastewater lines on Hopkins from Bishop to Moore and includes a traffic-calming design, reduced roadway section and three raised intersections, according to the city. Storm inlets connecting to the Travis Drainage Outfall Project were also a component of the project.
By Warren Brown
Warren joined Community Impact at the beginning of 2020 as the editor of its New Braunfels paper and now reports the news in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. Warren previously wrote for the Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly and he brings a passion for truth and equality to his reporting.


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