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March 1st, 2010
Sessom Drive drainage, pavement improvements slated to start this week

STAFF REPORT

A city contractor will begin replacing culverts along Sessom Drive on March 4, the first of several capital improvement projects planned over two years for the major arterial.

Drivers are advised to watch for closed lanes and construction crews until early summer on Sessom Drive, a curvy hillside road that forms Texas State University campus northern boundary.

The first project will repair drainage inlets and install new culverts to improve drainage along Sessom, between University Drive and Academy Street, and limited street reconstruction. The project is expected to take five to eight weeks, weather permitting.

The city council on Feb. 2 awarded a $1.15 million construction contract to Austin Underground, Inc. The project is being paid for with general obligation bonds approved by voters in the 2005 bond election.

“This long-awaited project will impact thousands of students and university staff at Texas State, as well as residents living in the area,” said the city’s Capital Improvements department director David Healey. “We are making every effort to complete the improvements as quickly and efficiently as we can.”

The contractor will work both days and nights to speed completion. Rainy weather could extend the construction time.

The project will be followed by a Texas Department of Transportation project to improve guardrails, mill and overlay Sessom Drive. That project will begin after the drainage project is completed in the spring and should be finished by early summer.

Other projects scheduled in the Sessom North-LBJ area in the next two years will include:

  • Pedestrian safety improvements at Sessom and University/ Aquarena Springs
  • Sidewalk improvements along Sessom on the campus side of the street
  • Realignment and new traffic signals at the intersection at Peques and State Street
  • Construction of a 24-inch water line from the Spring Lake pump station to the Comanche water storage tank
  • Complete reconstruction of North LBJ Drive from Sessom to Holland Street, with a new 12-inch water line, storm drains, curbs and gutters, street reconstruction and eight-foot sidewalks on both sides of the street.

Sessom Drive is a major arterial for Texas State students, University personnel and the general public in San Marcos. The roadway was built in the 1970s and has had few major improvements in the past 30 years.

For information, call the City of San Marcos Capital Improvements department at 512-393-8130.

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