6 transportation updates to follow in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle

Ongoing transportation projects include the overpass at Aquarena Springs Road.

Ongoing transportation projects include the overpass at Aquarena Springs Road.

As San Marcos, Buda and Kyle, continue to grow, traffic projects are inevitable. Here are six projects to watch this year.



 



1. Aquarena Springs Drive overpass
When completed, the $20.7 million overpass near Texas State University will feature two travel lanes in each direction as well as access roads on both sides of the overpass. Work on finishing the bridge decks, adding stone veneer to retaining walls and columns and extending the detention pond near the city of San Marcos event center is ongoing.

Timeline: June 2015-mid 2018






2. FM 1626 South improvements
The portion of FM 1626 from FM 967 to FM 2770 will be improved to include five lanes with a continuous center turn lane and shoulders. As of December, the section from FM 2770 to south of Cole Springs Road is complete. Crews are drilling holes for the columns that will support Onion Creek bridge, and construction of Mustang Creek bridge is ongoing.

Timeline: November 2016-late 2018






3. Sessom Drive improvements
The $2.5 million project that includes the rebuilding of the intersection of State Street and Sessom Drive, stabilizing erosive conditions in Sessom Creek and adding sidewalks from Aquarena Springs Drive to North LBJ Drive is about 75 percent complete. Bad weather pushed the completion date back, according to San Marcos Senior Engineer Shaun Condor. The project is being completed in partnership with the city of San Marcos, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and Texas State University.

Timeline: Spring 2017-February






4. North Burleson Street improvements
North Burleson Street in Kyle will be widened to three lanes total from Lockhart Street to the new Marketplace Avenue extension, with sidewalk gaps filled in the west side of the roadway and a three-lane extension to the I-35 southbound frontage road. North Burleson will also be reconstructed to include two lanes from Miller Street to Lockhart. Construction will start following council approval, tentatively in August.

Timeline: August-February 2019






5. SH 45 SW construction
Work on the more-than-$100 million four-lane toll road project between MoPac and FM 1626 is ongoing. Contractors began pouring concrete on the decks during the second week of January after drilling for the Bliss Spillar bridge was complete. Work on the shared use path between Escarpment Boulevard and Archeleta Boulevard is ongoing. Right of way is currently being cleared for the placement of electric lines between two stormwater ponds. The project will feature two lanes in each direction.

Timeline: Late 2016-late 2019






6. I-35 at Posey Road interchange
The project consists of replacing the existing interchange configuration with a new I-35 mainlane bridge over a reconstructed Posey Road. The project also inlcudes intersection improvements, new U-turns, ramp reversals and converting two-way frontage roads to one way. According to TxDOT spokesperson Diann Hodges, the $30 million project is set to go out to bid for construction in August.

Timeline: late 2018/early 2019-late 2020/early 2021




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