Contact: Diann Hodges
Phone: (512) 832-7027
Date: Jan. 23, 2019
GILLESPIE COUNTY – The public is getting another opportunity to weigh in on a proposal that could provide an alternative to US 290 through Fredericksburg. A public workshop for the Fredericksburg Relief Route Study will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at the Pioneer Museum Sanctuary (Gillespie County Historical Society), 312 W. San Antonio Street in Fredericksburg.
The goal of the Fredericksburg Relief Route Study is to identify a locally preferred option driven by community input. The study, which was initiated in early 2018, is being led by the Gillespie County Relief Route Task Force. To date, two public workshops have been held (May and September 2018). Suggestions and input received during the May 2018 workshop were used by the project team when identifying “conceptual route options.” The conceptual route options were presented for public review and comment at the September 2018 workshop.
Using the input and feedback received at the second workshop, the study team has worked to refine the routes and reduce the number of options being considered. A portion of the outermost route, which falls largely outside the original study area, has been eliminated because of concerns about length and the amount of right of way required, as well as the Task Force’s concern about potential cost. Public input also led to the elimination of some of the routes in the vicinity of the Settlers Ridge subdivision, as well as modifications to other routes. The end result was identification of the eight preliminary route options that will be presented for review and comment at the Jan. 24 workshop.
“We encourage all city and county residents to continue involvement in discussions about the Fredericksburg Relief Route Study,” said Kory Keller, chairman of the Gillespie County Relief Route Task Force. “Your attendance and input at the Jan. 24 workshop will play a critical role in the final decision-making of the location of the potential relief route.”
Attendees will have the opportunity to view the eight route options developed from public input thus far (the “preliminary route options”) and provide feedback. The input received from the workshop will be evaluated to determine the primary route options. Participants can come and go at their own convenience. Presentations will be made hourly beginning at 2 p.m. For more information, or to complete an online survey, visit www.fbgtx.org and search “Relief Route Task Force.” The survey is available from Jan. 24 through Feb. 8, 2019.
The workshop will be conducted in English. Persons interested in attending the workshop who have special communication or accommodation needs, such as the need for an interpreter, are encouraged to call 512.517.7251. Requests should be made at least five days prior to the public workshop. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate these needs.
Official written comments will also be accepted via email or by mail to:
Attn: Fredericksburg Relief Route Study
13809 Research Blvd., Suite 300
Austin, TX 78750
Comments must be received on or before Feb. 8, 2019, to be included in the official record of this public workshop.
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