$6.3M access road project set to begin in Kyle
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Getting on and off on Interstate-35 in Kyle requires drivers to look both ways and hope the other drivers yield.
Nearby business owner, Milt Thurlkill of Milt’s Barbeque, said he sees accidents from driver confusion almost every week.
"People don't know that it's a two-way here, they're used to the one-ways, and so they get confused and drive on the wrong side of the road," Thurlkill said. "It's busy, real busy, dangerous, real dangerous."
Next month, work will begin to make the access roads one-way. According to TxDOT officials, the project will take about 17 months to complete, which means there will be a lot of time for people to get used to the construction before they have to get used to the lanes being changed.
"I tell people it's like when you remodel your kitchen there's going to be some pain but once it's done you're really glad you did it,” Hays County Commissioner Mark Jones said. “So there is going to be some inconvenience at first and it's going to take a while to get used to."
While the change will require some drivers go a little further and take overpasses to get to their destinations, community leaders say the pros more than outweigh the cons.
"The safety improvement more than makes up for that small inconvenience," Jones said.
Once this project is completed, all the I-35 access roads from San Marcos to Austin will be one-way.
TxDOT officials estimate the project will cost $6.3 million.