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May 12th, 2010
Sessom Drive opens in time for graduation

STAFF REPORT

The City of San Marcos has completed the initial phase of drainage improvements and pavement reconstruction on Sessom Drive between Academy Street and University Drive. All traffic controls have been removed and all roadway lanes are open in anticipation of Texas State graduation ceremonies this weekend.

Following graduation ceremonies Friday and Saturday, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will begin resurfacing of Sessom Drive to include guardrail improvement and milling and overlay from University Drive to Academy to create a smooth, clean final surface with fresh striping. Milling will begin on Sessom Drive on Sunday evening.

Sessom Drive reconstruction, the first phase of several projects scheduled in the Sessom-North LBJ area, began on March 4 and included repair of drainage inlets, installation of new culverts to improve drainage and repair of failing pavement. Austin Underground, Inc., was the contractor for the $1.15 million reconstruction.

The project was delayed due to utility conflicts and the addition of a 48-inch culvert crossing west of North LBJ Drive to improve capacity across Sessom Drive. The drainage system will connect to future storm drains that Texas State is developing to reduce the amount of water coming down the hillside to Sessom.

At the city’s request, TxDOT will apply a porous friction course (PFC) on the roadway surface to reduce hydroplaning tendencies and improve traction.

“The most important benefit of PFC is increased safety during wet weather,” said San Marcos Assistant City Manager Laurie Moyer. “Our priority is to improve conditions along this major arterial for Texas State students, university personnel and the general public.”

TxDOT improvements are expected to last one to two months, with final completion scheduled for early July. Crews may work at night to significantly reduce the schedule.

Motorists are advised to continue to watch for lane closures and construction crews following graduation and through early summer.

In April 2011, the city is slated to begin the second phase of the Sessom Drive reconstruction project to include:

* Pedestrian safety improvements at the intersection of Sessom Drive and University Drive,
* Sidewalk improvements and the addition of a hike & bike trail along Sessom Drive on the campus side of the street, and
* Realignment of Peques Street to intersect with State Street.

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