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October 8th, 2013
Major reconstruction on North LBJ Drive starts Monday

An artist’s rendering of the intersection of N. LBJ and Sessom Drive when a $6.6 million reconstruction project is completed, projected for spring 2015. ILLUSTRATION VIA CITY OF SAN MARCOS


The long-awaited $6.6 million street, sidewalk, drainage and utility project on a major arterial north of Texas State University will get underway on Monday, Oct. 14, with portions of North LBJ Drive and Chestnut Streets becoming one-way during construction.

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Motorists will be detoured northbound on LBJ from Forest to Holland Streets and will use Chestnut as a southbound route during construction, which is anticipated to be complete in spring 2015.

City contractor Capital Excavation of Austin will begin setting up traffic control and erosion control devices on Monday.  It is anticipated that crews will begin the first phase of work at the culvert on the northwest corner of LBJ and Sessom shortly afterwards. The North LBJ Reconstruction Project includes street, sidewalk, drainage, water and wastewater improvements.

Proposed sidewalks will vary in width from 5-ft to 8-ft and be constructed on both sides of the roadway. Bicycle improvements include 14-ft shared lanes. The existing undersized drainage, water and wastewater mains will be replaced with larger mains.

The Engineering project manager and staff held a neighborhood meeting at the First Lutheran Church on Holland Street Sept. 16 to update the neighborhood on the project.  Area business owners and residents have been notified of the detour.

Just north of the Texas State University campus, this segment of N. LBJ Drive serves thousands of residents in northwest San Marcos and many pedestrians walking to and from campus and the downtown area.

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7 thoughts on “Major reconstruction on North LBJ Drive starts Monday

  1. “Bicycle improvements include 14-ft shared lanes.” I suppose this will be the same thing as the idiotic “shared lanes” on Thorpe. More than once I’ve been behind some arrogant cyclist riding down the middle of the lane at a fraction of the posted speed. They should paint a 4′ stripe on the side of the lane. Instead they’ll have that huge bicycle icon in the middle of the lane. What’s that even supposed to mean? Are we going to have cyclist huffing and puffing up LBJ in the middle of the lane now?

    Still… can’t wait til it’s done. This stretch of road has been an embarrasment for too long.

  2. I remember when James Ortiz (TXST track star) lost his right leg on N LBJ in a bicycle accident. I was 30 ft from the accident. I hope they’ve really thought about this road before designing a shared bike lane.

  3. So, as a taxpayer, I am supposed to be grateful that the SM government is now providing me with accommodation that I voted and paid for about 6 years ago? Brava! You have succeeded in making more off residents’ contributions–in the form of interest–than I will ever see in my lifetime–as an honest taxpayer.

  4. Routing traffic down Chestnut is going to be a serious problem because yet ANOTHER developer just moved a crew in and began construction on YET ANOTHER apartment complex. Chestnut is a narrow two-lane street. Now the added traffic will cause major congestion. Add to that construction traffic and that neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods are in for major problems. It’s going to be a very long year:(

  5. SMsince95 – what did the cyclist do to earn a characterization of “arrogant?” Was it because they were riding in the shared lane or because they had the gall to not be traveling fast enough for you? Do you ride your bike around town for transportation or leisure? If you don’t, try it sometime. Ride on the very edge of the road to accommodate impatient (or most often, downright spiteful) motorists so they can speed by you in a childish fit, try to hit your with their car/truck mirrors, turn left/right directly in front of you, or swear at you because….you’re riding your bike. Really, try it sometime. Be sure to wear a helmet.

  6. I think most of that (which I have experienced) is because of the tools who ride in the middle of the road, even when there is room for them to safely ride to the side and let cars pass (because they believe they are allowed to “take the lane” at all times), but then refuse to stop at any stop signs or lights, or obey any other rule of the road that bothers them.

    Cyclists are our own worst enemies.

  7. I ride about 3 hours about 3 times a month all over San Marcos. I stay over to the side like I have all my life and cars pass me just fine. They are mostly very courteous. There is no need to “take the lane”. As to waiting at a red light or otherwise trying to act like a car, I refuse. I’m not a car. I do what is safest for me and the cars and that is usually get the heck out of the way. When it’s clear, I go. I get on the sidewalk if I have to. I ride as if everyone is texting. I would love to have someone explain the 8′ wide bike symbols painted in the lane. Is that supposed to suggest to cylclist that they should take the whole lane? Thorpe should have been one lane each direction, center turn lane, and a stripe 3′ away from each curb with a 3′ bike logo painted in that lane.

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