(Seguin) -- Guadalupe County is no longer supporting a new roadway in Cibolo. Initial support for the Cibolo Parkway Project was granted to the City of Cibolo by the court in 2017. However on Tuesday, the Guadalupe County Commissioners Court unanimously approved a resolution to rescind the prior support and oppose the project.
Guadalupe County Judge Kyle Kutscher says the resolution ultimately opposes any further plans and visions for the roadway.
"At the time, we had heard a lot of support from not only city council but community members. Of course, there's a dire need for some transportation improvements on FM 1103 so the court looked into and felt like it was something that would be beneficial and approved it. Now, after further review and more input and some other actions that have been taken by citizens to find out more information, the more we looked into this project, the more that we think it is a bad idea and ultimately will be a financial liability to the city of Cibolo and the taxpayers and to possibly county residents," said Kutscher.
Kutscher says ideally, the initial idea for Cibolo Parkway was to help address the transportation needs for that fast growing area of the county.
"Cibolo Parkway was an expansion project of the existing FM 1103 that starts at (Interstate) 35 and goes down to the big curve by Steele High School and then part of this proposed expansion and extension would build new road from that curve on FM 1103 down to (FM) 78, cross the railroad tracks and then further down on to Interstate 10," said Kutscher.
Although this overall project lacks the "transparency" required for such a project, Kutscher says it has still managed to call for future road improvements within parts of that same stretch of roadway.
"There had been previous requests by the city of Cibolo to have TxDOT and MPO fund some projects but the transportation numbers weren't there, the traffic demand models really didn't show justification to do the whole project. However, TxDOT did recognize the need for the expansion of existing 1103 down to that curve at Steele High school," said Kutscher.
In addition to opposing the project, the court's resolution also ask that the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (AAMPO) pull the project from any long and or short range plans currently on the table.