Fredericksburg relief route study
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Fredericksburg relief route study

Study overview

The city of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County, acting through the Gillespie County Relief Route Task Force and with support from TxDOT, are conducting a feasibility study to explore a potential US 290 relief route around Fredericksburg. The relief route would give people the option to travel around the city instead of directly through it.

US 290 is an east-west highway that passes through downtown Fredericksburg and its Main Street tourist area. Discussions about a possible relief route have been ongoing in the Gillespie County area for years. As traffic volumes and congestion continue to increase, the need for a relief route has become an important safety and quality-of-life issue for the community.

It is the intent of Fredericksburg, Gillespie County, the Gillespie County Task Force and TxDOT to actively engage the community throughout the study process. By encouraging participation and community-wide dialogue, a transportation solution can be identified that preserves Main Street as the heart of Fredericksburg, minimizes community impacts and reflects community values. As part of the study, goals and objectives will be established and route options will be identified and evaluated. The study will conclude with the identification of a locally preferred option.


The study began in Oct. 2017 and is anticipated to take approximately two years to complete.

Public involvement

There will be numerous opportunities for the public to provide input and feedback regarding the study and the potential relief route. Opportunities will include public workshops, open houses, and one-on-one or small group stakeholder meetings.