I recently attended the Fredericksburg TX relief route workshop. The relief route task force has put a lot of work into this. The City, County & TXDOT representatives all did a great job explaining the process and some of the proposed routes in the study area. But I also know not everyone got a chance to attend so I thought I would share the information I received.
Conceptual Route Options for the Fredericksburg TX Relief Route
Here are a Few Links From the TXDOT site:
There are currently 12 different Fredericksburg Relief route possibilities. Which of these routes will ultimately be used is uncertain. It could be a combination of any of theses or it might end up somewhere else completely.
For my two cents, I see the closer in Fredericksburg relief routes being the most likely from a cost perspective. The further out you go the more land will have to be purchased. For instance route #1 would require 19.38 miles of roadway while using the two innermost routes of segments #11 and #12 would only need 6.6 miles of roadway. Another factor to the furthest out routes is several would need new bridges to be built across the Pedernales River and also would go over some pretty hilly territory which would add a lot of cost to the project.
The advantage of the further out Fredericksburg bypass, is it would ultimately serve as a loop around Fredericksburg for a longer period of time as Fredericksburg grows. But with the population projections for Gillespie County not seeing any huge growth rates I think one of the closer in routes would still serve the county for the foreseeable future while keeping the cost down. The reality is that whether this project happens at all will be based on available funding.
Here are some more detailed maps of each segement. You can click on ech of these images to enlarge.
Fredericksburg TX Relief Route / bypass segments
So call it what you will, The Gillepsie County relief route, the Fredericksbrug Loop … There are still a lot of things to figure out and this whole project may or may not happen but it is certainly worth watching.
( Last updated Sept 29th 2018 )