Usually, the university’s closure for holidays is a welcomed respite for San Marcos residents. The city’s daytime population drops precipitously and getting around town is noticeably easier. But the lull is also a window for the city and state to minimize congestion and gridlock when closing street lanes on highly-traveled arteries.
Here’s a rundown of why you may find yourself sitting in traffic this week:
Lanes are scheduled to be closed on both East and West Hopkins Street for most of this week while work is undertaken on two different public works projects.
On East Hopkins, both westbound lanes are closed near its intersection with CM Allen Parkway, funneling automobile traffic to the center turn lane while city crews install a sewer main. The project has closed a block of northbound CM Allen Parkway, between San Antonio and Hopkins streets, for weeks.
On West Hopkins, the Texas Department of Transportation is making repairs to a nearly mile-long segment of roadway between Moore Street (Old Ranch Road 12) and Bishop. The repairs will close the east- and west-bound lanes on an alternating basis with flaggers directing traffic. The lane closures are projected to last through Thursday, March 13.
Austin-based Capital Excavation, the contractor overseeing an extensive reconstruction of North LBJ Drive, has closed both westbound lanes of Sessom Drive near its intersection with North LBJ. Through-traffic is being diverted to the center turn lane. Both lanes are scheduled to be closed until sometime next week, after which one westbound lane will remain closed until sometime this summer.
As part of the same project, north traffic has been shifted to the west side of North LBJ Drive, from Sessom to Holland Street. Southbound traffic will continue to detour on Chestnut Street, from Holland to North LBJ.