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Central Texas gets $4.5M in grants for bike, pedestrian projects

San Marcos, Dripping Springs and Liberty Hill have been awarded grants to make improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists.
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Pedestrians and bicyclists in three Austin-area communities will see improvements after the Texas Transportation Commission approved more than $4.5 million in project grants.

The Texas Department of Transportation said the projects are part of $44 million allocated to 46 projects in rural/nonurban and small cities across the Lone Star State. The Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside (TASA) Program, where the funds originated, is designed to support areas with a population of 200,000 or less.

“Bicycle and pedestrian projects are important to many Texans,” said Texas Transportation Commissioner Jeff Austin III in a statement. “Funding for these projects will help enhance our state’s bicycle and pedestrian programs.”

Dripping Springs received $406,000 to build sidewalks near Dripping Springs High School, Walnut Springs Elementary School and the Dripping Springs ISD Administration Office. The money will also allow the city to install several warning signs along streets, as well as bicycle racks at the library, schools and offices.

Liberty Hill received $1.3 million to create a shared path along Main Street and Loop 332. Other improvements include benches, waste and The grant will also improve access to the Liberty Hill Library, Lions Foundation Park and and will connect nearby residential and commercial areas.

San Marcos received roughly $2.8 million for two different projects. The majority of the money will go toward a two-mile long shared use path along the banks of the San Marcos River. The remaining funds will go toward upgrading nine downtown pedestrian crossings.