The construction of this project went in four phases that began in February 2019 with funding from Hays County and TxDOT. The $31.7 million project put an overpass over Posey instead of running through it, added U-turn and regular turn lanes on either side of the freeway, and enhanced pedestrian and bicycle areas.
“This project is another example of us working with our partners in the Mobility35 program, which looks to enhance mobility, enhance safety on the I-35 corridor from Williamson, Travis and here to Hays County,” TxDOT Austin district engineer Tucker Ferguson said.
Mayor Jane Hughson noted that along with the booming growth of San Marcos comes congestion and projects on the roads.
“This project helps address the bottlenecks that we had here. This is a much more efficient roadway,” Hughson said.
Both Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra and Commissioner Lon Shell applauded the groundwork laid by Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe.
“The reason we have that great relationship with TxDOT is because of people like Commissioner Ingalsbe that have spent decades developing that, and now we’re seeing the work,” Shell said. “When you think about how this growth has occurred here in Hays County and in San Marcos, there was a lot of forward thinking involved to get things like this done.”
Becerra noted that TxDOT has and will continue to work in Hays County given the rapid growth it is experiencing.
Overall, the completed project is set to enhance mobility and safety on I-35.
“We did deal with traffic delays and detours; that’s always necessary when a project is underway, and it just makes you more appreciative when it’s finished,” Hughson said.