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Fredericksburg Relief Route Study - Update May 6, 2019

After hearing from the community about potential impacts to historic sites, TxDOT plans to conduct a historic resources survey as part of the on-going Fredericksburg Relief Route Study.


Historic surveys, which include field investigations and assessment of historic-age properties, are typically done during the detailed environmental study and schematic design part of the project development process rather than during feasibility studies such as the Fredericksburg Relief Route Study. However, in response to local concerns, the historic survey will be expedited and the results will be considered in identifying a locally-preferred route option. “Since starting the Relief Route Study, we’ve received a lot of feedback from the community about potential impacts to historic properties” said Cathy Kratz, TxDOT Burnet area engineer. “This survey will be used to help determine the direction of the project.”

Historians will be reaching out to the owners of potentially-historic properties and encouraging them to get involved and work with TxDOT during the survey. According to Kratz, the survey is expected to kick-off in May or June 2019 and should be complete before the end of the year. 

Main Street (US 290) through the city of Fredericksburg is plagued with congestion. Three major highways (US 87, US 290 and SH 16) funnel traffic onto Main Street creating major travel delays and safety issues for pedestrians. By the year 2030, more than 37,000 cars and trucks will use Main Street daily. The goal of the Fredericksburg Relief Route Study is to determine if there is a viable, publicly supported route that would allow drivers the option to avoid downtown Fredericksburg, rather than travel directly through the city. A relief route would ultimately help alleviate Main Street traffic concerns.

“The Gillespie County Relief Route Task Force worked closely with TxDOT to develop an outreach program that ensures the community is brought in early and often,” said Kory Keller, chair of the Gillespie County Relief Route Task Force. “The outreach program helped to bring the community’s concerns to the forefront.”

Since the study began in early 2018, three community workshops have been held. More than 1,100 members of the public have attended the workshops, and nearly 2,400 surveys and comments have been received. The project team uses input from these efforts to identify, refine and evaluate route options.

The public will have more opportunities to provide feedback and make suggestions on route options during future public meetings planned for the summer of 2019. For more information on the Fredericksburg Relief Route Study visit txdot.gov and search keyword “Fredericksburg”.

Click here to view the May 6, 2019 pdf News Release.  


Fredericksburg Relief Route Study - Update March 22, 2019

Following the January 2019 workshop, TxDoT received many comments and questions. 


Click here for a list of frequently asked questions about the study and responses to those questions.  


As the study progresses and the Project Team has more information, periodic updates to the document will be provided. 


Updates will be posted at:   https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/get-involved/about/hearings-meetings/austin/012419.html 

It is anticipated to be holding an Open House for the study in late spring or early summer of this year.


In the meantime, should you have any questions or if TxDoT and the Fredericksburg Relief Route Study Project Team can be of assistance, please email:  fredericksburgreliefroute@gmail.com . 


The Fredericksburg Relief Route Study Project Team


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