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The Manchaca Business Alliance has claimed that the cost of signage and other components of the recently renamed Menchaca Road will add up to $200,000, or roughly eight times the city’s estimate. Members of the group filed a suit against the city over the name change and were granted an injunction on installation of new signage. The new cost estimates come from a consultation by Texas Department of Transportation engineer Epigmenio Gonzalez, who is responsible for southern Travis and Hays counties. A local nonprofit advocating for the name change – in recognition that the name of Texas Revolution soldier José Antonio Menchaca’s name was misspelled in paperwork to honor him – had raised money to cover the costs of new signage. The business group said the city will have to end up covering the extra costs, and said the suit was filed to prevent the unneeded expenditure. As of a Nov. 29 court ruling, the name change remains on hold.
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