According to Forbes magazine, Hays County is the third fastest growing county in America. The population of Hays County is projected to more than double in the next 25 years, increasing from 157,000 as of the 2010 census, to over 628,000 by 2040. With population growth comes traffic and the need for new and improved roadways, as well as the possibility for alternative modes of transportation.
In preparation for this growth, Hays County developed a long range transportation plan in 2013 to identify current and future transportation needs and how best to address them. In 2013 the Hays County Transportation Plan (HCTP) was adopted and lists, among other projects, improvements to FM 150.
FM 150 Alignment Project
Project Location: Near Arroyo Ranch Road heading east to near IH 35 at Yarrington Road
Project map: https://www.improve150.com/alignment-project
Since 2014, Hays County has been studying the portion of RM 150 from just west of Arroyo Ranch Road southeast to I-35 near Yarrington Road. A proposed alignment that would help alleviate congestion along existing RM 150 and through downtown Kyle has been identified through an evaluation of several options, technical analysis, public involvement, and coordination with property owners. Hays County previously worked jointly with TxDOT on this study but is now leading the effort as a County project to move design forward and preserve the necessary right of way for the roadway, considering several developments in the area that are moving forward quickly.
Public comments continue to be collected and reviewed while the roadway design schematic and preliminary drainage are being developed. The right of way preservation process will be coordinated with individual property owners. Final preliminary design with environmental due diligence is anticipated to be complete in 2021.
There is not a timeline for construction as funding has not yet been identified. As the design is reﬁned, right of way preservation will begin and construction details will be coordinated. Final design and construction may occur along the corridor in phases, depending on funding availability and conditions in the area.
FM 150 Dripping Springs Southwest Connection
Project Location: Possible route(s) to extend the RM 150 Corridor from RR 12 around the southwest side of Dripping Springs to connect to US 290
Hays County is studying possible route(s) for the development of a roadway that will extend RM 150 from RM 12 around the southwest side of Dripping Springs to connect to US 290. A virtual public meeting was hosted in the spring of 2021, comments are being accepted on the interactive project map, and a open house is planned for the fall of 2021.
Braun & Gresham Services
As a firm that exclusively advocates for landowner rights, Braun & Gresham gives you a powerful voice in the complex condemnation process. We are a local firm in Dripping Springs so we understand Hays County land and the issues surrounding it. We are here to provide expert legal counsel and help our clients protect their land.
If you have been contacted by Hays County about this project, please contact us immediately at (512) 894-5426 or [email protected] The important thing to remember is that even if you have received a letter in the mail from a condemnation entity informing you of their intentions, this does NOT mean that it’s a done deal. There are many ways to influence the condemnation process to ensure that your wants and needs are met, but it’s important that you involve knowledgeable professionals that can help guide you through the process.
Jeff GoodsonApril 14, 2015
David–I’m not in the 150 buffer zone, but I did want to say “thanks” for getting in the lead on this and other issues like the EP groundwater problem (and property taxes) and representing the landowner. There’s an old saying among NGOs about “doing well by doing good”. I hope that it also works out that way for you all.