Wirtz Dam bridge

Fri
03
Feb

CAMPO reports on Wirtz Dam bridge study

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

On Wednesday the final report of the Wirtz Dam study by the Capitol Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) was released online, with tabulations of those 18 community meetings, 848 completed surveys and 812 comments.

“It was a positive, strong response,” said Burnet County Judge James Oakley, a member of the board of directors of CAMPO. “We had a first reading of the report last month and it will come back to the Transportation Policy Board on Feb. 13.

Tue
15
Nov

Economics, survey under questioned at second Wirtz Dam Bridge meeting

Alexandria Randolph/Highland Lakes Newspapers

At the Capitol Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) open house Nov. 3 at Lakeside Pavilion in Marble Falls, views are exchanged on the proposed Wirtz Dam bridge by, from left, Christian Fletcher, executive director of the Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation (EDC); Greg Haley, a member of the CAMPO Technical Advisory Committee; Cathy Kratz, Texas Department of Transportation area engineer, and Doice Miers, a CAMPO public information officer.

By Alexandria Randolph

Highland Lakes Newspapers

While ecological concerns were at the forefront of comments in the first public meeting for the Wirtz Dam Bridge, economic questions and survey fairness seemed to be the primary concern at the second meeting.

The meeting was conducted by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) and, as of Nov. 3, CAMOP hd received “almost 500 surveys and about 500 comments” from citizens about the bridge, said

CAMPO Public Information Officer Doice Miers.

According to the results, 35 percent of survey takers said the greatest transportation need is bridges and river crossings.

“Eighty-two percent said the Wirtz Dam Bridge would be beneficial,” she said.

Highland Lakes residents have only a few weeks left to submit opinions regarding the project; the final public meeting will be held on Nov. 21, and the online survey will close on Nov. 27.

Fri
28
Oct

Wirtz Dam bridge draws questions

Glynis Smith/The Highlander

 

Horseshoe Bay City Councilwoman Cynthia Clinesmith asks about increased traffic seeking a route to Texas 71 should a bridge be constructed below Wirtz Dam between Ranch to Market Roads 1431 and 2147. She and Mayor Steve Jordan, seated next to her, attended the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) open house at Quail Point Wednesday, Oct. 26.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The idea of a bridge across the Colorado River below Wirtz Dam met serious questions Wednesday, Oct. 26, at an open house hosted by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) in Horseshoe Bay.

More than 50 area residents came to hear a presentation by Burnet County Judge James Oakley, who sits on the CAMPO board, and to share their own opinions on the proposed project.

Cottonwood Shores City Council Member Roger Wayson had one of the longest list of doubts to express.

County Road 426 would connect Wirtz Dam Road with Ranch to Market Road 2147 if the bridge were constructed.

“It would come right past our nature preserve,” said Wayson. “It would be destructive to our eco-system...Traffic would go from 50 a day to thousands a day.”

“It would divert traffic from the commercial area we are trying to develop,” he also claimed.

Tue
25
Oct

CAMPO open house welcomes public Wednesday

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Booths like this one at Marble Falls National Night Out on Oct. 4 are one means the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) has been gathering public input on the proposed project to add a new crossing to the Colorado River. Public meetings, like the ones set for Wednesday in Horseshoe Bay and Nov. 3 in Marble Falls, are another.

A new bridge across the Colorado River below Wirtz Dam will be the topic of a public open house Wednesday, Oct. 26.

The meeting will be held from 4-7 p.m. at Quail Point Community Center, 107 Twilight Lane, in Horseshoe Bay.

It is one in a series of outreach programs being conducted by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) to gather public opinion about the proposed project.

Another is scheduled for the same time period on Thursday, Nov. 3, at Lakeside Pavilion at 307 Buena Vista Drive in Marble Falls.

After an initial meeting with civic leaders, CAMPO began to concentrate on the general public last month, attending

Everyone in the Highland Lakes area also is invited to take a survey to add to data on the project. Copies of the survey will be available at the public meetings and online at www.CAMPOtexs.org/wirtzdam.

Tue
18
Oct

Officials gather input for Wirtz Dam bridge

Alexandria Randolph/Highland Lakes Newspapers

Near the site of the proposed Wirtz Dam bridge are, from left, Burnet County Judge James Oakley; Burnet County Commissioner Pct. 4 Joe Don Dockery; Jim Luther unopposed candidate for Pct. 1 commissioner, and Ashby Johnson, executive director of Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO).

By Alexandria Randolph

Highland Lakes Newspapers

 

Residents and commuters now have opportunity to weigh in on the proposed Wirtz Dam, a transportation project that has been in the making since 1974.

The community outreach program for the dam project, which began in September, is the culmination of years of anticipation for Burnet County officials.

“This was on the 1974 Burnet County Transportation Plan,” said Joe Don Dockery, Burnet County Precinct 1 commissioner.

The next step wasn't completed until 2005, when a feasibility study was completed indicating that a bridge at Wirtz Dam would be beneficial to the community.

Following a meeting conducted by CAMPO (Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization) on Sept. 9, the campaign for public opinion regarding the Wirtz Dam Bridge is officially underway.

Tue
13
Sep

Wirtz Dam Bridge: CAMPO consults public

GLYNIS CRAWFORD SMITH/THE HIGHLANDER

County officials fill Marble Falls City Council chambers Friday, Sept. 9, to learn about the Capitol Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) project to gather public input on the possibility of a bridge below Wirtz Dam to connect Ranch to Market Roads 1431 and 2147. On the wall at the back of the room a projected land use map that is part of the Marble Falls Comprehensive Plan already already marks the bridge site.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The possibility of a Colorado River bridge below Wirtz Dam clearly is gathering a head of steam and John Q. Citizen is about to weigh in on the project.

In a meeting conducted by the Capitol Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) Friday, Sept. 9, in Marble Falls City Council chambers, Burnet County governmental leaders and first responders were enthusiastic. Now, CAMPO is beginning a campaign to inform the public and gather opinions from residents, owners of property and businesses and from lake users.

A bridge below Wirtz Dam to connect north-south traffic between Ranch to Market Roads (RM) 1431 and 2147 has been a long-held priority of County Judge James Oakley.

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