Seven years after voters approved bonds for part of the work, construction will soon be in full swing on the first phase of major overhaul of prominent downtown streets and sidewalks.
Last month, the San Marcos City Council awarded a construction contract to Pflugerville-based RGM Constructors of Texas LLC for the first phase of the $10.2 million project.
The work includes rebuilding streets and sidewalks and burying electric and telecommunications lines on Hutchision Street from the San Marcos River to LBJ Drive and LBJ Drive from Hopkins Street to University Street. The new streetscape will include 13- to 17-foot sidewalks and detail such as decorative streetlights, trees and landscaping, bicycle racks and benches.
“This major project will address serious needs downtown, such as long-standing drainage issues and sidewalk repairs,” said Linda Huff, the city’s Engineering and Capital Improvements department director. “It will also make this part of downtown friendly for walkers and bicyclists and beautify it by placing the utilities underground and adding the streetscape amenities.”
A water quality pond is included in the project in San Marcos Plaza Park.
“This water quality feature will filter storm water before it reaches the San Marcos River. It will also be a park amenity with seating and native vegetation that will make it a place people can enjoy visiting,” Huff said. “Our downtown is unique, and it deserves the extra attention to detail and beautification features that we are excited to include in this project.”
The project will then progress along Hutchison towards LBJ. The estimated completion time is in the summer of 2015.
Access to downtown businesses will be maintained at all times during the project, and the contractor will provide way finding signs to guide customers to businesses affected during the construction, Huff said.
A portion of the project, then called the Hutchison street reconstruction project, was included in a 2005 bond package approved by voters but was re-imagined and enhanced over the years in accordance with the city’s downtown masterplan.
For more information, contact the department of Engineering and Capital Improvements at 512-393-8130 or online at CIP@sanmarcostx.gov.