Jacob Orlowski

Hays County will contribute $5 million to connect FM 1626 to MoPac Expressway

County commissioners unanimously approved a contribution of up to $5 million to connect FM 1626 to the MoPac Expressway at State Highway 45 and expand it to a four-lane toll road.

Members of the Hays County Commissioners Court signed an interlocal agreement in their March 25 meeting that defined the financial terms for the shared cost between Travis County and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA), according to a Hays County press release.

Commissioner Will Conley, Precinct 3, said Hays County will pay $5 million with $500,000 due June 30 of this fiscal year. Travis County will pay $15 million with $2.5 million due the same day. The remainder of the cost will be assumed by CTRMA, which will retrieve the costs from tolls.  

South By Southwest to boost San Marcos economy

With visitors from across the country descending on Austin for the South By Southwest festival, San Marcos officials and business owners expect their proximity to attract an increase in guests.

More patrons are expected to attend SXSW this year than in any previous years, according to the festival’s website. This year, about 72,000 registrants and artists signed up for the festival.

Festival-goers are looking to San Marcos for accommodations for a number of reasons, said Rebecca Ybarra-Ramirez, executive director of the San Marcos Convention and Visitor Bureau.

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