The City of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), conducted the Fredericksburg Relief Route Study (the “Study”) to evaluate the feasibility of constructing a United States Highway (US) 290 relief route around the City of Fredericksburg (the “Fredericksburg Relief Route”). The Study, which was initiated in early 2018, was overseen by the Gillespie County Relief Route Task Force (the “Task Force”).
Existing US 290 is an east-west highway that passes through downtown Fredericksburg and its Main Street (US 290) tourist area. Discussions about a possible relief route have been ongoing in the Gillespie County area for many years. As traffic volumes and congestion continue to increase, the need for a relief route has become an important safety and quality-of-life issue for the community.
If ultimately constructed, the Fredericksburg Relief Route would be operated by TxDOT as a U.S. Highway on the State Highway System. The relief route would be constructed in compliance with federally required criteria for a multi-lane, rural highway. It would be a controlled access highway with four main lanes (two in each direction) and frontage roads, where needed, for local access. In areas where frontage roads are anticipated on both sides of the roadway, a 400-foot-wide right-of-way is assumed. In areas where frontage roads are anticipated on only one side, a 325-foot-wide right-of- way is assumed. In areas where frontage roads are not anticipated, the right-of-way is reduced to 250-feet.
This Executive Summary Report outlines the Fredericksburg Relief Route Study process, findings and resulting recommendations.