Council decided to leave it in the city’s transportation plan at a July meeting because city staff wanted “to analyze it further with CAMPO funds”. The staff combined two roads, the Craddock Extension and NW Loop (which is a much longer road segment that runs around the northwest side of San Marcos from RR 12 to IH 35, past Country Estates), and displayed a graph showing the combined impacts that would occur if those two roads were not built. They used dollars to represent how much time would be wasted in traffic if the two roads were not built. Craddock is a shorter road, closer to the San Marcos springs. Scott Gregson mentioned that costs of NOT building the roads were listed, but costs of the roads and their huge bridges over Sink Creek were not. No one commented further to request that. We found in a recent article in Community Impact that there is an estimate of 15 million for Craddock Extension alone, but we suspect that would just cover the bridge and not the whole highway and right of way costs. You can comment by emailing mayor_council_info@
If you see building roads just above the head of our river as encouraging denser development there, to the detriment of the river’s water quality, speak up. So many cities have ended up with brown or murky rivers in their cities, which were once clear rivers like ours. San Antonio and Austin both have built on their river’s watershed and paid the price, no longer having clear rivers. San Marcos citizens have said in their master plans for four decades that they did not want dense development on the recharge zone, since it has long been known what this would do to the river. And increased development on the hills and land upstream of the river will only serve to increase height and frequency of floods in town.
To see more on this topic and a map of the proposed area Map of Craddock extension