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Old 07-18-2014, 01:48 AM   #1
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Traffic in Marble Falls

I visited Marble Falls last Monday-Tuesday and noticed that the traffic was heavy most of the time on 281 and even on other roads as well, but the traffic never came to a complete stop. Is this common? How bad does it get on the weekends? Is this expected to get much better after the construction of the second bridge (which looks close to being finished)?

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Old 07-18-2014, 05:52 AM   #2
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This is summer. School is out and we have lots of visitors this time of year. Where are you from?
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:26 AM   #3
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That makes sense. I'm from Lumberton, Texas. It's about 20 minutes north of Beaumont and about two hours east of Houston.
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Old 07-21-2014, 11:40 AM   #4
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Kingsland is the "hot spot" for summer vacationers with all of the lake house rentals, boating, fishing, etc. They have to come to Marble Falls to get their groceries and hit Walmart.
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Old 07-21-2014, 01:39 PM   #5
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or to use the lake or the many parks or the bars or all the restaurants or the.... you get it.
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Old 07-22-2014, 06:53 AM   #6
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Don't be fooled! Traffic is like this most of the time. School is out now but when it resumes we have the every day school traffic even though it's not the summer traffic. Also, there are several weekends of every year that they host "special events" including the Boat Races (who can do no wrong) that put extra traffic in town and close some streets. Oh, BTW, could do without the bars. Some of us really like the small town feel and don't need intoxicated folks driving around town.
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Old 07-23-2014, 06:24 AM   #7
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jlharrison - I hope you enjoyed your stay in our beautiful little town despite the traffic.
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Old 07-25-2014, 01:30 PM   #8
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The traffic is only bad at certain times and it will be better once the bridge is finished. Also as other areas see improvements those spots will get better too. Now if they get a loop in then you will see speedy traffic flows.
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Old 07-27-2014, 07:33 AM   #9
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The traffic is only bad at certain times and it will be better once the bridge is finished. Also as other areas see improvements those spots will get better too. Now if they get a loop in then you will see speedy traffic flows.
I do not believe that a loop around town will occur in our lifetimes unless we live to be 100 years old. Such a loop would be a $50-100 million project and neither Marble Falls or the County has that kind of funding.

The improvement that would significantly relieve traffic congestion in Marble Falls would be a road connecting RR 2147 and RR 1431 with a bridge on the downstream side of Wirtz dam. This plan was discussed several years ago and got a cold reception from LCRA.

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Old 07-28-2014, 10:20 AM   #10
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I do not believe that a loop around town will occur in our lifetimes unless we live to be 100 years old. Such a loop would be a $50-100 million project and neither Marble Falls or the County has that kind of funding.

The improvement that would significantly relieve traffic congestion in Marble Falls would be a road connecting RR 2147 and RR 1431 with a bridge on the downstream side of Wirtz dam. This plan was discussed several years ago and got a cold reception from LCRA.

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I have to agree with you on that. It sure wont happen in my lifetime. Now a bridge across the Wirtz dam area would a very smart move for the east side. heck it would even give the Bike racers alternatives to..
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Old 08-05-2014, 08:34 AM   #11
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A loop around town will never happen as long as there is the EDC. They couldn't care less about traffic, in fact, the slower the better. Motorists might see their signs and businesses.
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:58 AM   #12
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A loop around town will never happen as long as there is the EDC. They couldn't care less about traffic, in fact, the slower the better. Motorists might see their signs and businesses.
Your comments about the MF EDC's influence and power in the development of a major road project such as a bypass loop is incorrect. We would have a role but our influence on the project would be minor.

I am quite sure that a bypass loop would reduce traffic in Marble Falls. However, that reduction would have a profound, negative impact on our city's business community, the economic activity of businesses in the city, and the overall economic health of our community. But given all those changes, we would have reduced traffic in Marble Falls.

My final comments and thoughts on this subject are "when you are caught up in the Marble Falls traffic jam, take a couple of deep, cleansing breaths, and enjoy your life in paradise."

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Old 08-06-2014, 05:56 AM   #13
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Butch - I couldn't agree more :-). After we lived here awhile we learned the alternate routes and in the process discovered little gems off the main roads. Now, if folks really want to see traffic they can travel to Houston, or even Austin.
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Old 08-14-2014, 02:46 PM   #14
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I am really starting to hate living here, because of the traffic.
And I grew up in Dallas, and I know traffic.
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Old 08-19-2014, 05:09 AM   #15
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ladybutton, anytime I start to think about traffic in Marble Falls I remember the Central Experssway in Dallas and the 610 WLS @ 59 in Houston. :-)
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Old 08-19-2014, 12:32 PM   #16
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Ah, well, when I lived there, I made it an ironclad policy NEVER to drive Central Expressway!
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