Danielle Charles | Photographer

Bridge construction underway at Hunter Road

A bridge is being constructed over Hunter Road to help solve low-water crossing problems in the area, and the lane will be widened in a project with the Texas Department of Transportation.

With any significant amount of rain, Hunter Road shuts down due to flooding, said Richard Reynosa, San Marcos senior project engineer. Construction on the project began in March and is predicted to be complete in fall 2015.

“The low-water crossing has been an issue, along with the safety of the roads,” Reynosa said. “Hunter Road is one of our few west of (the) IH-35 north and south roads, so that low-water crossing problem pushes everybody back out to Craddock Avenue or back toward IH-35, so it’s a major connection and problem to the City of San Marcos.”

Falls, Sayers halls open to students

Named after two members of the first faculty at the university, Falls and Sayers Residence Halls opened this August to connect the growing population of incoming freshman and introduce new features to on-campus living.

Elizabeth Falls and Jessie Sayers were both early faculty members at the university who had previous residence halls named after them. The original Falls Hall was demolished to construct the new Performing Arts Center in 2012, and the original Sayers Hall was also torn down, said Rosanne Proite, director of Housing and Residential Life.

Sayers wrote the lyrics to the Texas State Alma Mater, according to the Department of Housing and Residential Life and the Dedication Ceremony booklet.

Interstate Highway 35 frontage road between Kyle, San Marcos now one-way

Three miles of Interstate Highway 35 frontage road between Kyle and San Marcos were converted from two-way traffic to one-way this past weekend to improve safety.

The frontage roads from Center Street in Kyle and Yarrington Road in San Marcos were temporarily shut down when work began June 28 at 8 p.m., according to a TxDOT press release. Workers removed the old yellow two-lane stripes on the roadway and repainted with the white one-way stripe, said Kelli Reyna, TxDOT public information officer. Signs were then installed designating the lanes as one-way only, she said.

Reyna said this change will not only help improve mobility throughout the area but also make the roadway safer for drivers.

San Marcos High School stadium to open fall 2014

San Marcos High School Rattlers fans will now have a stadium of their own to call home.

A new multi-purpose athletic stadium for SMHS is scheduled for completion this fall. Seating 8,000 fans, the stadium has been “a long time coming,” said Mark Soto, athletic director of SMCISD.

According to the project’s website, the home side will seat 5,000 fans and the visitor side will seat the remaining 3,000. Restrooms, and concession stands will be located on both ends of the stadium. The north end zone will include locker rooms for the home and visitor teams, a central training room and an officials’ locker room, according to the website. A synthetic turf will be used for the field, emblazoned with the SMHS logo.

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