8 transportation projects in New Braunfels that are ongoing, completed or coming soon

Wondering about the road work happening on FM 725? See more about the project here. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Wondering about the road work happening on FM 725? See more about the project here. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Wondering about the road work happening on FM 725? See more about the project here. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

From San Antonio Street to Barbarosa Road, several road and infrastructure improvements are active or coming soon in New Braunfels.

Ongoing projects

West San Antonio Street Project

Work on West San Antonio Street between Kreuger Avenue and Spur Street is ongoing as part of a joint effort between the city of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities.

Roadway work, sidewalk installation and the creation of concrete driveways was completed along the west-bound side of the road in March, according to David Ferguson, media and communications coordinator for the city of New Braunfels.

Improvements to the east-bound portion of the road are ongoing and expected to be completed in late June, Ferguson said.

Timeline: November 2020-June 2021

Cost: $2.4 million

Funding source: city of New Braunfels 2013 and 2019 bond programs

Klein Road Reconstruction

Phase 1 of the reconstruction of Klein Road between FM 1044 and Walnut Avenue is nearing completion. The project will widen the street and install a median, curbs and sidewalks.

While much of the work is significantly complete, deterioration throught the project has caused significant delays, Ferguson said, and the city is actively working with the contractor to resolve the issues before completing the final paving.

The second phase of the project will focus on Klein Road from S. Walut Ave. to S. Seguin Ave. and is in the final design stage. Work is scheduled to begin in 2022.

Timeline: February 2019-summer 2021

Cost: $10.3 million

Funding source: city of New Braunfels 2013 bond program

FM 306 hazard elimination

Reconstruction on a signal at FM 306 and FM 1102 is currently underway. Under the Highway Safety Improvement Program, TxDOT will rebuild a city-owned signal at the intersection to meet safety requirements.

Timeline: Early 2021-TBD

Cost: $269,889

Funding source: Federal/state

River Road Bridge Construction

Work is underway on a bridge and overpass that will raise Loop 337 over the River Road intersection is underway with the contractor mobilizing equipment, setting barricades and setting some low profile barriers.

The overpass, which is included in the Loop 337 expansion project and will take approximately two years to complete, will begin west of the Rock Street exit and end west of the River Road intersection.

Temporary concrete barriers were installed earlier this year and drivers can expect daily, alternating lane closures and traffic shifts throughout the duration of the project.

Timeline: February 2021-2023

Cost: $14.2 million

Funding source: TxDOT, New Braunfels

Loop 337 Widening

A project to expand 6.65 miles of Loop 337 in New Braunfels between I-35 to Hillcrest Drive has been largely completed. The project will widen the road from two to four lanes and include a sidewalk and bike accommodation.

Jennifer Serold, public information officer for the Texas Department of Transportation’s San Antonio region, said that the final portion of the project has focused on placing intersections, sign installation and final construction.

The project, originally slated to be complete in May 2021, is now expected to be finished sometime this summer.

Timeline: Nov. 2017-Summer 2021

Cost: $42.3 million total

Funding source: City of New Braunfels and TxDOT

Completed project

McQueeney Road sidewalk improvements

Work to install sidewalks, ramps and other pedestrian infrastructure on McQueeney Road has been completed.

The project was part of the New Braunfels Pedestrian Connectivity project that will install and improve pedestrian walkways on several roads throughout the city.

Timeline: late 2020-early 2021

Cost: $275,298

Funding source: city of New Braunfels

Upcoming projects

FM 725 expansion

A project to expand a portion of FM 725 from the County Line Road to Zipp Road is currently in the final design phase. Once complete, the work will expand the roadway from two to four lanes and install a median, sidewalks and bike lanes.

Timeline: 2022-TBD

Cost: $12.1 million

Funding source: TxDOT

Barbarosa Rd. improvements

Preliminary design work on a portion of Barbarosa Road from FM 1101 to Alves Ln. is substantially complete and construction is anticipated to begin when additional funding is made available.

The proposed project will expand the roadway from two to four lanes, install sidewalks and improve medians, according to city documents.

Timeline: 2026-TBD

Cost: $4.7 million (estimate)

Funding source: city of New Braunfels 2019 bond program

By Lauren Canterberry

Reporter, New Braunfels

Lauren joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in October 2019. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, Lauren was a freelance journalist and worked as a college English teacher in China. At CI, Lauren covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in New Braunfels.