New Braunfels nearing completion on Morningside Drive project

Part of the city of New Braunfels 2013 bond program, the Morningside Drive Reconstruction project is on track to finish in December. (Courtesy city of New Braunfels)
Part of the city of New Braunfels 2013 bond program, the Morningside Drive Reconstruction project is on track to finish in December. (Courtesy city of New Braunfels)

Part of the city of New Braunfels 2013 bond program, the Morningside Drive Reconstruction project is on track to finish in December. (Courtesy city of New Braunfels)

After almost three years of construction, the city of New Braunfels is nearing completion on its Morningside Drive reconstruction project.

The Morningside Drive section of the project extends from Solms Road to the I-35 frontage road. Once completed, the road that was previously a two-lane roadway will have two traffic lanes. It will also have a continuous left-hand turn lane and bike lanes.

The project was slightly delayed from the initial anticipated completion in September, resulting from a significant number of rainy days, according to David Ferguson, city of New Braunfels media and communications coordinator. It is now on track to officially be complete in December and have roads reopened in late October.

“The contractor anticipates reopening the roadway to two-way traffic [the week of Oct. 18]. The city does not have any future planned closures. However, as work on the project continues, an isolated need for closure could occur,” Ferguson said in an email.

In addition to the added bike and road lanes, the project will add sidewalks and improve the street’s drainage, as well as make handicap and pedestrian improvements, Ferguson said.


The project limits include the full length of Solms Road, which crosses I-35, and Rueckle Road as well as the Morningside Drive segment.

Ferguson said city staff is working on a list of items for the contractor to complete before the project officially finishes, which will likely happen at some point in December.

  • Timeline: December 2018-December 2021

  • Cost: $8 million

  • Funding source: city of New Braunfels 2013 bond program


By Benton Graham

Metro Reporter, Austin

Benton joined Community Impact Newspaper as a metro reporter covering transportation in Central Texas in June 2021. Benton's writing has appeared in Vox, The Austin Chronicle, Austonia and Reporting Texas. Originally from Minneapolis, Benton graduated from William & Mary and eventually moved to Austin in 2018.



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