Do you think the proposed Blanco-Nance Bridge is a positive development?

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) will consider a proposal from the city of Kyle to build a bridge across the Blanco River that would connect Hilliard Road to newly-annexed areas of Kyle.

Construction of the bridge is a proposed amendment to CAMPO's 2040 Transportation plan that was sponsored by the city of Kyle. The bridge, named the Blanco-Nance Bridge, would run from Cypress Road to Hilliard Road and would be “multi-lane,” including a pedestrian/bike lane starting at the elevated western Blanco River bank to a new road connecting to Hilliard Road. The estimated cost is $30 million.

Dianne Wassenich of the San Marcos River Foundation and others who are opposed to the bridge, say the bridge would worsen flooding downstream and affect recharge in the Edwards Aquifer and water quality overall.

Those who are for the bridge say it will increase connectivity between San Marcos and the Kyle area.

No, it will increase flooding downstream and affect aquifer recharge. 
73% (106 votes)
Yes, it will better connect the San Marcos and Kyle areas. 
27% (40 votes)
Total votes: 146

Comments

The only way this bridge is going to effect flooding downstream is if people build there houses in the floodplain. On the other hand if 1 life is saved because of safer roads or God forbid a natural disaster or fire then it's totally worth it.

The Kyle 2040 Road Master Plan does show improvements to Lime Kiln and later a new cnnection to Kyle using Hillard. Sadly we know that these will bring development and possibly a way out during flloding of our known low water crossing. Also the time table is currently unknown and will certainly face a number of delays, hopifully making these distasteful changes less stressful if and when they are completed.

More time is needed for the public to weigh in on this issue. There is much loose and misinformation swirling around. We need facts to make an informed decision. Please remember who you work for.

More time is needed for the public to weigh in on this issue. There is much loose and misinformation swirling around. We need facts to make an informed decision. Please remember who you work for.

While an alternate route for our neighborhood may or may not be a good idea, a bridge over the Blanco will help nothing. Most people who live out here, moved here to live "in the country". The increased traffic on an already dangerously over crowded road will cause countless accidents. Besides we don't want to be connected to Kyle!

So has the San Marcos River Foundation conducted a study to prove that this bridge development would "worsen flooding downstream and affect recharge in the Edwards Aquifer and water quality concerns"? Or is the statement a mere conjecture on their part because they are anti-development? The fact IS that no study has been conducted on this annexed property to support these statements and sounds like they are just using scare tactics to promote their agenda.

Yes, it opens a long awaited Hill country development opportunity worth millions. That puts unprecedented pressure on the well established recharge zone which feeds Federally protected species in the San Marcos River. If this occurs, there should be clear restrictions on developing densities. And a trace-back funding mechanism identified for remediation if environmental CAMPO models are wrong.

I think this is a terrible idea! The bridge construction and the resulting increased development that would follow would be detrimental to the environmentally sensitive areas up stream/contributing to the San Marcos springs and river.

Bridge would only increase more harmful developement

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