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.
This Final Report documents the Fredericksburg Relief Route Study process and findings. The process included identification, development and evaluation of Route Options; identification of a Technically Preferred Route Option; and development of a preliminary design schematic for the Technically Preferred Route Option. Other aspects of the Study, also documented in this report, included public involvement and outreach as well as the preparation of Environmental Existing Conditions Reports, traffic modeling, and a historic resources survey.