Communities in Hays County and the Austin metro as a whole saw some headway in increasing connectivity throughout the region in 2022 with big projects, such as the completion of Hopkins Street improvements in San Marcos as well as widening and adding lanes to I-35, according to the city of San Marcos and Texas Department of Transportation officials.

This year will be no different, with several projects expected to reach completion by year’s end and others to begin this year, such as the city of Kyle 2022 road bond projects, according to the city of Kyle.

TxDOT, Hays County and city of San Marcos leadership broke ground on the FM 110 North project March 1, 2022, which aims to serve as an I-35 alternative.

This project is the third and final section of road construction that begins at SH 80 near Martindale and ends at I-35 in Kyle, creating a “loop.”

“When it’s done in 2023, you will be able to go around San Marcos from the south side to the north side on FM 110, fully complete,” said Willie Semora Jr., South Travis County/Hays County area engineer.

The $36.5 million project will construct 6.5 miles of new road, according to TxDOT documents.

Another project that will make great headway is the TxDOT I-35 at SH 123 project, though it may not reach completion this year, Semora said.

“I hate to jinx us, but we are about a year ahead of schedule,” Semora said. “There is going to be a lot of progress made on that job this year, so we are excited about that.”

Thus far, the northbound and southbound frontage roads along I-35 have been reconstructed, including the San Marcos River bridge.

Other work within the project includes relocation of entrances, and lane and pedestrian improvements.

The $107 million project is not anticipated for completion until 2024, according to TxDOT.

Non-TxDOT projects lined up for 2023 include the Kyle $294 million road bond, a voter-approved bond and the biggest of its kind for the city of Kyle. The bond consists of 10.3 miles of new or upgraded roads throughout the city. Approval of the bond comes with an estimated $0.0917 increase in property taxes per $100 valuation, according to city documents.

All eight projects are green-lit from an engineering standpoint along with right-of-way acquisition. Mayor Travis Mitchell said the only project the city might break ground on in 2023 is the 0.6-mile Marketplace Avenue project. The $11 million project will reconstruct part of Marketplace Avenue and build a new road to extend it.

That project is estimated to take around 30 months to complete.