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June 29th, 2009
Post Road project to have ribbon cut

Post Road features sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and a center turn lane to aid pedestrian , bicycle and vehicular traffic. Photos by Melissa Millecam.

STAFF REPORT

The City of San Marcos will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Post Road project on Wednesday, July 1 at 9 a.m. in front of Travis Elementary School on Post Road in San Marcos. The public is invited to attend.

Mayor Susan Narvaiz, members of the city council and other officials will officially open the $9.5 million project that has improved mobility and safety, utility service and drainage along a busy thoroughfare.

Begun in September 2006, the project widened Post Road from two to three lanes from Bert Brown Street to the city limits. The project added a continuous left-turn lane along Lime Kiln Road from Post Road to the city limits.

In addition, the construction replaced water and wastewater lines, extended the Sink Creek wastewater interceptor to Lime Kiln Road, constructed water quality detention facilities and added storm water drainage.

“This project has increased capacity, reduced traffic congestion, added sidewalks and bicycle lanes and improved safety in a very busy area of San Marcos,” City Manager Rick Menchaca. “Post Road serves a significant residential neighborhood and is the primary access to a fast-growing rural area along Lime Kiln Road.”

Newly added bicycle lanes and sidewalks provide mobility and access for bike riders and pedestrians going to and from apartment complexes along Post Road to Texas State University.

The improvements were funded by certificates of obligation, revenue bonds and operating funds from the city’s capital improvements program.

Designed by Baker-Aicklen & Associations, the project was constructed by Texas Sterling of San Antonio. Sabas Avila, the city’s assistant director of public services/transportation, served as project manager.

The Sink Creek interceptor project was bid as part of the Post Road improvement project. Future phases will allow the city to abandon a deteriorating and undersized lift station in the LBJ and Craddock area and reduce the need for septic systems over the Edwards Aquifer in the Sink Creek area.

Water quality and drainage facilities were installed to protect Sink Springs.

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