Petition circulates against relief route

A petition to stop the Texas Department of Transportation’s technically preferred route around Fredericksburg is being distributed.

Citizens for an Informed Relief Route (CIRR), a local group that has been active in relief route conversations, created this petition after a “No Build” option wasn’t presented in the most recent relief route open house on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Gary Saucier, who created CIRR, feels “most of the county citizens are unaware or not in favor” of TxDOT’s proposed route.

The petition states TxDOT will require the city and the county to acquire the land needed for the route, which will cost an estimated $50 million. Saucier said that amount is based on the number of properties to be acquired, their sizes and their values.

“It’s a rough order of magnitude,” Saucier said.

Fredericksburg City Manager Kent Myers said while it’s true the city and county will have to acquire the land, officials have not estimated a cost at this time. He also said it would depend on when purchases occur, as the cost of land is increasing.

The petition also states that the city has other less-expensive options for a bypass, which are “more in character with the Hill Country and could be completed much sooner.”

Read more from Samuel Sutton with the Fredericksburg Standard Radio Post here.