Dripping Springs, described as the gateway to the Hill Country, is now much more than that. It’s a destination. And many find that after they visit, they never want to leave. As the population grows, so does the need for infrastructure to accommodate new businesses and residents.
With key transportation goals which include safety, accommodations for growth, and prioritizing mobility improvement, the current transportation proposal is a work in progress. It outlines road, trail, and greenspace projects mainly located within the city limits and the half mile surrounding the city center. The proposal incorporates study results and resident feedback to address current and future community needs.
Major employers in the area, such as Dripping Springs Independent School District, along with local and state agencies including TXDOT and Hays County, are meeting regularly to address needs both short- and long-term. For some, easing congestion for commuters as they travel from west Dripping Springs into the Austin metroplex is top priority. For others, navigating downtown during peak school drop off and pick up times weighs on them. And there’s also the ongoing debate about Highway 290 through-traffic being good or bad for the not-so-small small town.
One thing is certain: city and county leaders have a long road ahead of them in more ways than one. The infrastructure will be a top priority to accommodate Dripping Springs residents and tourism. To learn more about the Dripping Springs Transportation Master Plan visit www.CityofDrippingSprings.com.