US 290 Feasibility Study
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US 290 Feasibility Study

Hays and Blanco counties

Hays County is one of the fastest growing counties in the country. This rapid growth has caused increased traffic demand and congestion on roadways within the county and along the US 290 corridor in Hays and Blanco counties. As a result, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is performing a feasibility study to analyze safety and mobility on an 18.5-mile segment of US 290, from US 281 to RM 12. TxDOT plans to examine various potential improvements to enhance safety and meet future traffic demands.

Current conditions

US 290 is a two- to four-lane undivided highway with turn lanes at various intersections. Rapid population growth has increased traffic on this road, prompting safety and mobility concerns along the corridor. The purpose of this planning and feasibility study is to identify long-term safety and mobility solutions for the US 290 corridor and establish a recommended right-of-way footprint. The study will include many opportunities for public involvement.

Project development process

The project development process consists of the following four phases:

  1. Feasibility study consisting of constraints analysis and development of conceptual roadway design alternatives
  2. Environmental study and schematic design
  3. Final design, acquisition of right of way, and utility adjustments
  4. Construction

Public involvement

The purpose of public involvement is to share study information and updates and collect input from the community. Public input is a highly valued and important part of creating improvements to address transportation needs. TxDOT is committed to working closely with the public to ensure that community members have the opportunity to comment, voice concerns, and ask questions.

The preliminary public involvement schedule includes working group meetings in early 2024 to discuss conceptual alternatives. An initial public meeting will be held in spring 2024, followed by a second public meeting in fall 2024. This schedule is subject to change.


Get involved

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