While one major road construction project in Shavano Park is slated to end early this summer, a second bond-funded street improvement initiative is advancing, and local officials are preparing a third major road upgrade effort.

Current situation

Shavano Park city officials said Texas Department of Transportation representatives recently gave notice about some final activities taking place as part of the NW Military Highway project.

These activities, scheduled for late April and early May, will include a final asphalt overlay and lane striping. Work crews will shut down either northbound or southbound lanes as needed, with traffic shifted to the inside lane.

The state-funded improvement project on NW Military has included widening the north-south corridor from Loop 1604 to Huebner Road; a new traffic signal at the intersection of NW Military and Pond Hill Road; medians, a center turn lane; accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists; and drainage upgrades.

Dig deeper

Local officials on April 23 alerted residents about continuing road construction on Cliffside Drive, part of Shavano Park’s bond-funded effort to improve 15 streets and cul-de-sacs citywide.

Here, contractors are scheduled to stabilize subgrade cement between the 125 and 400 blocks of Cliffside on April 25, 26 and 29.

According to city officials, work crews are expected to enter Phase 3 of road reconstruction in the 400 block of Cliffside in early May.

Afterward, contractors are slated to shift reconstruction to five cul-de-sacs west of NW Military targeted for improvement under the overall bond project.

Also of note

Additionally, local leaders are processing paperwork ahead of planned improvements on Shavano Park’s portion of DeZavala Road.

Federal officials in February 2024 executed a $4 million grant agreement to help support the DeZavala Road project, which will involve the addition of sidewalks and surface and drainage repairs.

City leaders used the town’s 2023 voter-approved road repair bond to leverage federal money to finance the identified improvements in Shavano Park’s side of DeZavala.

City Manager Bill Hill briefed City Council on April 23 about next steps toward planning out the DeZavala Road upgrades.

The project will include installation of a 54-inch-wide culvert under DeZavala to catch and carry drainage runoff from the City Hall tract at DeZavala and NW Military to the nearby Salado Creek natural creek bed.

Local officials also plan to use a sidewalk slated for extension along DeZavala to the City Hall tract and adjacent nature trail to add 85 parking spaces off the DeZavala entrance to the City Hall/police station complex.

Hill said this effort will enable the city to provide visitors with a formal, safe and adequate parking lot, especially during community events held the City Hall campus.

A team from the local office of engineering firm Colliers Engineering and Design will perform a federally required environmental assessment in May and June before work can begin on DeZavala.

Hill said construction plans are 90% complete. He also said he and fellow town officials will keep local residents and merchants informed about the DeZavala Road project, from soliciting construction bids and awarding a project contract to the start of road work.