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PHOTO: Quiet during a mid-afternoon lull in traffic this week, North LBJ Drive becomes a bustling corridor of vehicle, cyclists and pedestrians during peak hours. SAN MARCOS MERCURY PHOTO


Partially closed for more than three years by back-to-back public works projects, North LBJ Drive re-opened on Sept. 4 with a dedicated bike lane and yawning sidewalks on both sides. New water, wastewater and drainage facilities run beneath the smooth asphalt and still-white concrete.

The San Marcos City Council will celebrate completion of the North LBJ Drive Reconstruction Capital Improvement Project at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 with a parking lot ceremony at Great Tans, 748 N. LBJ Drive.

The $7 million project was constructed by Buda-based Capital Excavation Co. and included reconstruction of the North LBJ-Sessom Drive intersection, the primary northern gateway to Texas State University.

In 2013, before construction caused drivers to look for alternate routes, 11,200 vehicles were counted at the university end of North LBJ Drive during a typical weekday, according to traffic counts maintained by the city’s transportion department.

Reduced to one lane since mid-October 2013, North LBJ and parallel Chestnut Street were converted to one-way traffic for 23 months. North LBJ was previously squeezed to a single lane during installation of the Comanche Transmission Line Capital Improvement Project, which began in early July 2012.

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What: Official opening of North LBJ Drive improvements
Who: San Marcos City Council and community
When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29
Where: North LBJ Drive at Forest Street

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