The FM 1626 Safety Expansion Project has been in the planning stages for many years. The undivided, two-lane roadway has been the scene of numerous minor and major collisions over the years. Below is a brief overview of FM 1626 history.
Hays County has identified the need for safety and mobility improvements on FM 1626 for some time. There has been a consistent increase in the traffic volume on FM 1626 over the years and projections show more and more vehicles using FM 1626 in the future.
The Hays County sections of FM 1626 Safety Expansion Project are included in the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Regional Transportation Plan and will improve safety and mobility in the corridor by widening travel lanes, adding a travel lane in each direction, providing shoulders, separating left turning movements from the through travel lanes, and adding sidewalks along the north end of the project. In addition, where there were sight distance issues, the project will improve both the horizontal and vertical alignments of the roadway and typically establishing a 30-foot clear zone to increase safety.
1626 North Phase – Completed July 2015
FM 1626 in northern Hays County is now smoother and safer with the opening of the north section between RM 967 and Brodie Lane in Travis County. Two lanes in each direction plus a center turn lane, sidewalks south of Jerry’s Lane, and a bridge over Little Bear Creek to replace a curved low-water crossing transformed what was a two-lane, twisting road that carried much more traffic than it was originally designed to handle safely.
Watch a before and after video of the project.
Context Sensitive Solution
Hays County is implementing Context Sensitive Solution features in project locations as identified through the stakeholder process during the design phase of FM 1626, including reduced impacts to Lakewood Drive, pedestrian facilities, enhanced water quality protections, and tree preservation.