By Megan Wehring
KYLE – With a growing population of over 50,000, Kyle is considering future road changes.
Kyle City Council approved the updated Transportation Master Plan at its regular meeting on July 6. Two freeway crossings, several six-, four- or two-lane three-lane arteries, sidewalks and trails are proposed in the plan, with the emphasis being and west of Interstate 35.
John Dean of CP&Y Inc., an engineering and architectural consulting firm, said the city suffers from tight rights-of-way and a lack of connectivity through Kyle. The last plan was drawn up in 2015 and no longer meets the city’s needs.
“You are getting to a point where business and development is crowding the grip to a point where it will be difficult to expand in the future as growth continues,” Dean said.
Although the transport plan is flexible and subject to change, city engineer Leon Barba said it was important for the city to update it every five years to keep up with growth.
“What this does is lock in the future road rights-of-way that we need as we try to manage the future growth that is coming to Kyle,” Barba told the Hays Free Press / News-Dispatch. “We work with [property owners]to determine which is the best route. We don’t want to hurt them, but we want to make sure we have the right of way to build roads there.