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Ranch Road 12 expansion planned

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A two lane road between San Marcos and Wimberley could have some major expansion in its future.

Ranch Road 12 is the main east to west thoroughfare through southern Hays County, and for several miles it’s just two lanes and little to no shoulder.

“It’s a very important road,” Hays County Judge Bert Cobb said. “It will amaze those who travel it every day how much the traffic is. It’s a well traveled road.”

Officials with TxDOT say the road will soon be overcrowded. One proposed solution is to expand it to four lanes.

“If we have a road and a plan then landowners adjacent to that road can make a plan for what they want to do with their land,” Cobb said.

Andrew Hardin lives near Wimberley. He says while growth and development may be inevitable, there are responsible ways for them to happen.

“I would be pro responsible development. I would think stuff’s going to happen anyway so I’d rather see it done with some thought and some care,” Hardin said. “This is a very unique natural area, and I would like to see it treated with a lot of care.”

Hundreds of people like Hardin came to the Wimberley Community Center on Thursday to see the proposed expansion, ask questions and give input.

County Judge Bert Cobb says the actual construction is years away, but planning now is important because Ranch Road 12 serves so many functions.

“It’s the way that people can get to and from work, it’s the way the fire and the EMS and the Sheriff’s deputies get there in case of emergency, it’s also a ribbon of commerce,” Cobb said.

With traffic only expected to increase, the judge says the project is critical.

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