Weigh In on Road Projects Online
An online option is now available for Comal County residents to provide feedback on proposed road projects under consideration for funding by the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (AAMPO).
Comal County Engineer Tom Hornseth still urges Canyon Lake residents to attend a public meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center, 375 S. Castell Ave. to support for county-related transportation projects.
However, residents now have the option of visiting alamoareampo.org/YourMove to submit their feedback online.
The AAMPO will allocate funding in part based on public participation in the process, said Precinct 3 Commissioner Kevin Webb, who serves on its Executive Committee and Transportation Policy Board.
“If you can’t make it to the public meeting, please submit your feedback online,” Webb says. “Our chances for funding improve with every submission from Comal County residents.”
Says Hornseth: “One of the factors the MPO looks at is how engaged our residents are, so the more people who attend this public meeting, the better our chances of getting Comal County projects in the TIP.”
The AAMPO distributes state and federal transportation dollars within its jurisdiction, which includes Comal County, via short-term Transportation Improvement Plans (TIP).
The 2019-22 TIP is expected to fund about $150 million in projects, for which four dozen proposals totaling more than $400 million have been submitted.
County Projects Requested
Comal County has submitted four projects – an overpass at Loop 337 and River Road in New Braunfels, an expansion of FM 306 at FM 2673 in Sattler, intersection improvements at SH 46 and FM 311, and an overpass at SH 46 and FM 3159. The county and the City of New Braunfels have each listed the River Road overpass as their top priority for funding.
Loop 337 connects commercial hubs along the north end of New Braunfels, the growing west side and along the south end. A four-year road expansion project kicked off in November 2017. The $42.3 million project will create a divided roadway with two lanes of travel in each direction.
A Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is an agency created by federal law to provide local direction for urban transportation planning and the allocation of federal transportation funds to cities with populations greater than 50,000. There are about 400 MPOs across the country.
While most MPOs are part of a city, county or council of governments, the Alamo Area MPO is an independent agency.
The MPO’s mission is to provide a comprehensive, coordinated and continuous (“3C”) transportation planning process for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods, consistent with the region’s overall economic, social and environmental goals. The MPO places special emphasis on providing equal access to a variety of transportation choices and effective public involvement in the transportation planning process.
The Alamo Area MPO develops transportation plans and programs to address the needs of the greater San Antonio area. The Transportation Policy Board leads the MPO and decides how federal and state transportation funds will be allocated for the region.