Kyle’s growth marked by crawling traffic

KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — Austin ranks among the top in the nation for worst traffic, which may come as no surprise. But the ripple effects are being felt all around the region, especially for those who rely on the road for business.

It might take a little time to make the perfect pizza, but ask Cece Salmeron and she will tell you most her of her time at Fox’s Pizza Den isn’t spent in the kitchen.

“The longer I sit in traffic, the less deliveries I get to do,” she says.

A year ago, she packed up and left the Austin traffic only to find it followed her to Kyle. Now she is delivering slices with a side of frustration.

“it’s just one of those things: you either sit in traffic or you deal with the one lane bumpy roads, horrible bumpy roads.”

A one mile delivery at a slow hour still took her 16 minutes in traffic.

Last week, new the Census Bureau released new data that show Hays County is the fastest growing county in the state and the fifth-fastest in the nation. From 2010-13, Kyle’s population grew by more than 13 percent, and the county’s population swelled by 12 percent. It leaves the city working hard to keep up.

Kyle voters approved a $36 million bond package in 2013 to upgrade five major roads in the city. Construction could begin this fall.

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