Monday, February 25, 2013

Repairs to Old 290?

The Hidden Springs Ranch HOA Board, together with several individual members, has been working with the Jon Thompson, City of Dripping Springs Development Coordinator, on making lasting repairs to Old 290 (County Rd 320). I am writing now to ask for your support in encouraging the city to make lasting repairs to the road.

All of us travel some portion of Old 290 on a regular basis and are well aware of the deteriorating condition of the eastern end of the road. Neighbors have damaged their vehicles by dropping tires into the potholes or off the edge of the road when encountering oncoming traffic. Temporary patches only last until a significant rainfall and do nothing to repair the road edges.

Attached, for your review, is the latest bit of communication with the city. It indicates that the Council may be willing to do a new overlay on the road, but asks for an indication of support from our neighbors.  If you agree that the repairs to Old 290 are necessary, please take a moment to forward this message to Jon at  Please also copy the Hidden Springs Ranch Board ( on the email so we can keep a tally of the number of requests that have been submitted.

Email Stream:

From: City of Dripping Springs Development Coordinator
Sent: Monday, February 25, 2013 6:39 PM
Subject: RE: Old 290 Maintenance

Actually, this e-mail may have helped me with convincing the Council to spend the money to do a decent overlay on the road rather than just doing another band-aid option. Thanks for sending this. The other thing that would help would be to have other residents send e-mails in favor of a longer lasting fix, which would be to do the overlay. Thanks.


From: Hidden Springs Ranch BOD []
Sent: Monday, February 25, 2013 6:17 PM
To: Thompson, Jon
Subject: Old 290 Maintenance


I’m writing on behalf of the entire neighborhood to inquire as to the possibility of making lasting repairs to Old 290. The XXXXX have kept me up to date on their exchanges, and – while not wishing to rehash the same material – I do wish to reinforce their concerns. Patching potholes will alleviate one part of the problem (at least until the next significant rainfall), but that won’t address the deteriorating road edge and the wheel and axle damage that is being caused to vehicles that inadvertently drop a wheel off the road while passing opposing traffic.

The increasing traffic in Meadow Oaks and Hidden Springs Ranch I and II, the conditions of Old 290, and the unresponsiveness of the traffic light at the west end cause more and more drivers to cut through the bank and post office parking lots on a regular basis. Combined with the extra traffic generated by the post office itself, the uncontrolled ingress onto Hwy 290 creates additional hazards and it’s a matter of time before we have a major accident as a result.

What more can we do as an association to get these issues addressed?

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