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March 1st, 2010
Sessom Drive improvements to begin Thursday

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STAFF REPORT

Starting Thursday, a storm drainage project will be the first of several drainage and street improvement projects in the Sessom-North LBJ Drive Area. The project’s affected area will be on Sessom Drive from University Drive to Academy Street.

The work will repair drainage inlets and install new culverts for drainage improvement along Sessom Drive. This will involve some street reconstruction. It is expected that the project will take five to eight weeks, although rainy weather could extend construction time.

Drivers should be on the look-out for lane closures and construction crews from Thursday until early summer on this major conduit to residential areas and Texas State.

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

The $1.15 million construction project was awarded by the city council to Austin Underground, Inc., this year after the project was approved in a 2005 city bond election.

The contractor will be working days and nights to accelerate completion.

The next improvement slated for Sessom Drive is a Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) project to improve guardrails and road surface. The project will mill and overlay the street. Mill and overlay is a process in which the top one to three inches of pavement is removed with a milling machine and a one to three inch layer of asphalt surface material is put on the existing asphalt. The work will be started after the drainage project is completed and is projected to be finished by early summer.

Projects slated for the Sessom Street-LBJ Drive area in the next two years include pedestrian safety improvements at Sessom Street and University Drive atAquarena Springs, sidewalk improvements on the campus side of Sessom Drive and realignment and new traffic signals at the intersection of Peques Street and State Street.

Also scheduled is the construction of a 24-inch waterline from the Spring Lake pump station to the Comanche water storage tank and a complete overhaul of North LBJ Drive from Sessom Drive  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.

A major artery for San Marcos residents, Texas State students and university employees, Sessom Drive was built in the 1970s and has had little improvement made in 30 years.

More information on the Sessoms Drive projects can be obtained by calling the city’s capital improvements department at (512) 393-8130.

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0 thoughts on “Sessom Drive improvements to begin Thursday

  1. That street (and Academy) begs for a center turn lane. The addition of more garages and dorms along this side of campus will only exacerbate the problem. Hopefully someone will add that to the list of planned improvements soon.

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