Hays County leaders look to extend Old Bastrop Highway


SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — Hays County leaders are hoping to ease the congestion on one busy road in San Marcos. 

Just a couple minutes south of downtown San Marcos, commuters will run into Old Bastrop Highway. It stretches about 10 miles just east of Interstate 35.

Old Bastrop Highway meets with Farm to Market Road 123 — a popular road for commuters that has recently experienced increased traffic with the ongoing growth in the area. 

“It does get congested, people living here and people coming from out of state. There’s lots of travel,” Robert Sanchez said.

Along FM 123, commuters also come across the intersection of FM 123 and FM 110.

Hays County leaders said they want to extend Old Bastrop Highway, or County Road 266, to FM 110. This would take traffic off FM 123 and give commuters an extra option. Current plans include adding a road from Old Bastrop Highway to connect it with FM 110.

County leaders said the proposal will also improve the intersection. It would get rid of the traffic light at Old Bastrop Highway and FM 123. It would also reduce the number of traffic lights from three to two on FM 123 where the current three traffic lights are about a hundred yards from each other. 

“You sort of get confused because you’re watching (other drivers) and then you’re watching to make a quick stop at the other one and then another quick stop,” Veronica Gutierrez said about the lights. She travels the road daily multiple times to get to work in San Marcos from Seguin. 

By getting rid of the light, plans show it would turn the Old Bastrop Highway and FM 123 intersection into a right-in/right-out. That means commuters traveling east on Old Bastrop Highway would only be able to turn right on to FM 123. Those traveling on FM 123 South would be able to turn left on to Old Bastrop Highway. 

Hays County leaders said this is just a conceptual plan, and they do not have any funding for it. They simply want to get public feedback before moving forward with any plans. 

Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. at the San Marcos High School’s cafeteria the county will host a public meeting.

San Marcos High School Traffic

Another traffic issue Hays County leaders want to fix is the congestion drivers face near San Marcos High School. Drivers struggle with all the congestion near FM 123 and FM 110 and the school buses just add to the mix, especially for those wanting to turn left on FM 110.

Hays County leaders are working with the school to re-route school buses off FM 123 to Old Bastrop Highway. They said this will help take out some of the congestion.

Buses will enter new drop-off on Old Bastrop Highway exit back onto Old Bastrop Highway and turn left towards Rattler Road. Students that live in Cottonwood Creek will still be able to enter FM 110 as before. They can also access Old Bastrop Highway via traveling south on FM 123, then turning right on Rattler Road and continue west.

San Marcos High School is also in the process of constructing a new student drop-off on the northwest side of school.

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