Buda competes with large cities for piece of $400M to improve roads

Downtown Buda RM 967 and Main Street intersection. (KXAN photo)
Downtown Buda RM 967 and Main Street intersection. (KXAN photo)

BUDA, Texas (KXAN) – The city of Buda is asking the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization to consider the city for some major transportation improvement projects worth around $10 million.

CAMPO recently asked area cities to submit possible projects to the organization and will allocate $400 million for transportation funding over the next four years to multiple towns.

The city of Buda submitted four projects — the most costly of which would reconstruct West Goforth Road as a 2-lane street with a curb and gutter, storm sewer, bike lanes and sidewalks. The intersection of Main Street and West Goforth Road will be reconstructed to enhance safety, resolve rail crossing conflicts and traffic signals will be included as warranted.

The total project cost for the West Goforth Road project is just over $8 million, with the city requesting CAMPO provide $6,463,500.

Another project proposed by the city would improve the intersection of Ranch to Market 967 and Main Street, as cars currently turning onto RM 967 cause traffic to back up on Main Street.

“Different customers can’t back out. At times, I’ve seen people walk out and actually hold up traffic to try and back out,” said Old Town Buda Antique Mall employee Jeanie Hill. “Sometimes it can take upwards to 10 or 15 minutes to back out, and that’s if someone is kind enough to stop and allow me to back out.”

‘Sometimes it can take upwards to 10 or 15 minutes to back out.’

If accepted, the project would widen the existing road to provide dedicated left turn lanes, widen sidewalks, reconstruct the existing diagonal parking and intersection enhancements to accommodate larger vehicles. The Main Street project is estimated to cost around $1.7 million.

“Improvements to the historic district would only improve business,” said Hill.

The last two projects requested include a 2-lane road connecting West Goforth Road to Cabelas Drive, and a multi-use path for pedestrian and bicycle traffic along the east side of Farm to Market 2001.

The city will provide a minimum of 20 percent or more matching funds in contribution for each transportation improvement project awarded funding by CAMPO.

Other local cities are also competing for CAMPO’s money. According to the organization it got proposals for 140 projects, including three in Round Rock, four in Cedar Park and 26 in Austin. Some of the proposals are part of larger infrastructure plans.

Round Rock’s proposals include expanding Gattis School Road to six lanes all the way from Mays Street out east to Red Bud Lane. Another would extend Kenny Fort Boulevard. Right now, it runs south from US 79 before ending at Forest Creek Drive. If CAMPO approves this proposal, Kenny Fort would be extended all the way down to State Highway 45.

CAMPO will approve selected transportation projects in May.

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