KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — Known as the “Pie Capital of Texas,” the city of Kyle sits south of Austin.
But what was once a small Austin suburb serving up tasty pie is now becoming one of the fastest growing communities in the entire state of Texas.
Kyle has nearly doubled in size in the last 10 years, in both population and land mass.
Texas Pie Company owner Julie Albertson has been serving up pie in Kyle for nearly 20 years. Based on the population count, Kyle has grown an average of 6 percent each year for the last 10 years.
“Which is the craziest thing I’ve ever heard,” says Albertson. “To see what has happened in Kyle in the last 10 years has been amazing.”
To help accommodate current and future growth, the Texas Department of Transportation is proposing realigning Ranch to Market 150 between Interstate 35 and Arroyo Ranch Road.
There’s no immediate design for the proposed changes, but TxDOT spokesperson Brad Wheelis says this corridor will work best.
“We believe this will have the least impact on businesses, homes, people in the community. That’s why we want the community to come out and tell us what they think. Give us the good, the bad, the ugly, basically.”
RM 150 turns into Center Street west of I-35. Hays County would like to remove any heavy traffic from the downtown area of Kyle. That’s why there’s talk on the table about realigning RM 150, which would leave the old RM 150 (Center Street) running through downtown but only for local traffic.
Albertson says this could mean fewer people trying her pies. “Their first time through Kyle is going to take them around the spur that’s going to go around downtown. So they would miss some of these quaint shops we do have in the downtown area.”
Wheelis says there is currently no funding for the project and nothing with the design of the project is set in stone.
“We’re really in the infancy of this project, we’re getting the environmental work done right now. We haven’t identified funding.”
Though there are drawbacks, Julie says that deciding to do the project is as easy as pie.
“There’s going to be so many new people moving into the area, they’re going to have to do something to alleviate some of the traffic stress for the people moving in,” says Albertson, “There’s going to be some cons, but there’s also going to be so many more bonuses. That the cty of Kyle can’t NOT do it.