TRANSPORTATION UPDATES The Boring Co. tunnel inches closer to nal approval At a meeting May 17, Kyle City
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Council approved a reimbursement agreement for $75,000 with Union Pacic for preliminary engineering plans for the pedestrian underpass tunnel within The Vybe, the city’s trail network. This item follows the May 3 meet- ing at which City Council approved a professional services agreement with The Boring Co. for the con- struction of the tunnel. Though the agreement is between the city and Union Pacic, the devel- oper of Kyle Crossing Phase 2, Central SouthWest Texas Develop- ment, will be paying the $75,000 as it is funding the entirety of the project. The tunnel was initially planned as a bridge, but the Texas Depart- ment of Transportation deemed it unsafe, City Manager Scott Sellers said. There are also high-voltage electrical lines adjacent to the railroad tracks that the bridge would be built over, adding to the impossi- bility of the bridge.
Robert S. Light Boulevard repairs Buda City Council signed onto an in- terlocal agreement with Hays County for roadway maintenance and repairs on Robert S. Light Boulevard. The project will be managed by the county and will repave portions of the road. Stabilization and full-depth repairs will also be done throughout. Timeline: January 2023-May 2023 Cost: $1.43 million Funding sources: city of Buda, Hays County
The proposed tunnel would go underneath the railroad behind Kyle Crossing Phase 2. RENDERING COURTESY THE BORING CO.
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The tunnel will be 12 feet in diameter, but the path will be 10 feet wide; the tunnel will also be lit and will have cameras most likely moni- tored by the Kyle Police Department for safety. The Boring Co. will be responsible for the project design, diagnostics, inspections, plans, specications, construction review and other tasks to compile the plans that will be presented to Union Pacic. Union Pacic will review the plans but has yet to approve or deny them.
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Should the plans be approved and construction exceeds the $3 million CSWTD pledged for the tunnel, the item will return to council for further consideration.
ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF MAY 26. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT SBKNEWSCOMMUNITYIMPACT.COM. 45 mph as a result of a construction zone. The item will need to come before the council once more before becoming legally enforceable. Timeline: TBD Cost: TBD Funding source: city of Buda Speed limit reduced on RM 967 Buda City Council approved the rst reading of an ordinance to establish a new maximum speed limit along a portion of RM 967. The speed limit will be reduced from 55 mph to
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perfect example of what can be achieved when federal, state and local entities work together to accomplish something great for the community.” The Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant path project was approved
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not only allows users of all abilities to access our riv- erfront park system, but it also provides connectivity between our visitor center, south freeway, downtown and Texas State University,” Hughson said.
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