June’s construction projects in San Marcos

Staff Reports

SAN MARCOS – As the city of San Marcos grows, road, drainage, and wastewater construction and improvements increase across the city. San Marcos City Council has also taken the initiative to make the area more walkable and bike-friendly for residents.

Below is a list of construction projects updated weekly throughout San Marcos that may affect your drive around the city. Residents can also find updates on when the projects will be complete and the overall construction progress.

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION •

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617 — BLANCO GARDENS DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS

BLANCO GARDENS

Project Manager: Jacque Thomas

PROJECT OVERVIEW | The Blanco Gardens Drainage Improvement Project will provide new underground and open channel stormwater improvements to alleviate the flooding experienced in the Blanco Gardens neighborhood in the historic 2015 flood events.

The first phase of the project includes moving neighborhood overhead electric and telecom lines to underground conduits for higher reliability and resistance to outages during storm events. This work will take place in the alleyways parallel to Barbara and Conway.

The underground lines will replace the overhead service lines presently connecting to property owners; City Contractors will need to access your property to complete this work. City staff sent letters and automated voice messages to property owners to those affected by the proposed construction within the easements in the alleyways.

This letter highlights the status of removal and replacement of items in the alleys and includes a request for Temporary Right of Entry (TROE) to your property, which is a common document used in construction projects and will allow surveyors to access your property to mark the PUE and any items that would obstruct construction within your fence line.

• PROJECT DETAILS •

  • Addition of new storm sewer systems along Conway Street, Barbara Drive, and River Road.
  • Install new inlets along River Road that connect to an existing channel parallel to the Red Point Apartments to relieve the existing storm system and tie into existing water quality treatment methods.
  • Install concrete channels within the alleyways parallel to Barbara and Conway to connect to stormwater pipes on River Road
  • Replace adjacent outdated Water and Wastewater Infrastructure.
  • Regrade and crown a portion of River Road.
  • Repave areas of major underground utility upgrades.
  • New diversion channel along River Road at Animal Shelter Road.

The project has achieved Authorization to Use Grant Funds (AUGF) for CDBG-DR and MIT funds, and the Environmental Review Record has been approved. 

  • Additional Details: http://sanmarcostx.gov/blancogardens
  • Estimated Construction Timeline: April 2022  – Fall 2024
  • Estimated Construction Cost: $15,222,644
  • Water Construction Status: NR
  • Wastewater Construction Status: NR
  • Stormwater Construction Status: NR
  • Roadway Construction Status: NR
  • Electric Construction Status: NR
  • Work Completed Last Month:  Survey work and staking.
  • Work Planned for This Month: Erosion control and traffic controls.
  • Anticipated construction completion: Early 2025, weather permitting.

NOTE: NR = Not Reported

• PROJECT PHOTOS AND DOCUMENTS •

743 — DOG BEACH MAINTENANCE

DOG BEACH MAINTENANCE

Project Manager: Greg Schwarz 

PROJECT OVERVIEW | Beginning on Monday, May 9, the stonework at the water’s edge along the Dog Beach area will undergo maintenance. The Dog Beach area, including a portion of the river adjacent to Dog Beach, will be closed to the public for the duration of the maintenance work, which is expected to be completed in early July.

The river area adjacent to City Park will remain open. Maintenance will include repairing the undercutting of existing stonework and deepening the foundation at the water’s edge.

A protective layer of rock armoring will also be added at the riverbed level adjacent to the foundation.

This maintenance strategy will provide a more robust system of protection against river currents and future floods and is the same strategy used for the maintenance repairs at Rio Vista Falls.

• PROJECT DETAILS •

  • Additional Details: http://www.sanmarcostx.gov/3527/About-the-Project
  • Estimated Construction Timeline: May 2022  – Summer 2022
  • Estimated Construction Cost: $248,896
  • Water Construction Status: NR
  • Wastewater Construction Status: NR
  • Stormwater Construction Status: 0
  • Roadway Construction Status: NR
  • Electric Construction Status: NR
  • Work Completed Last Month:  In May, crews set up the construction fencing, staging area, and erosion controls. Crews also relocated Texas Wild Rice that was within the construction area.
  • Work Planned for This Month: In June, crews will set up the water filled barriers and will drain the work zone. Crews will then begin repairs on the damaged stonework.

NOTE: NR = Not Reported

• PROJECT PHOTOS AND DOCUMENTS •

EDWARDS AQUIFER HCP CONSERVATION MEASURES

EDWARDS AQUIFER HCP CONSERVATION MEASURES

 Project Manager: Melani Howard

PROJECT OVERVIEW | Implementing multiple conservation measures to protect and enhance endangered species habitats.

Additional Details: https://www.edwardsaquifer.org/habitat-conservation-plan/

477 — GUADALUPE STREET IMPROVEMENTS - SIDEWALK AND LANDSCAPING

GUADALUPE STREET IMPROVEMENTS
SIDEWALK AND LANDSCAPING

Project Manager: Rohit Vij

PROJECT OVERVIEW | The scope of work for this project includes but is not limited to the construction of sidewalk, landscaping and irrigation, electric infrastructure, and pedestrian lighting along Guadalupe Street between Martin Luther King Drive and Railroad Tracks.

• PROJECT DETAILS •

  • Estimated Construction Timeline: February 2021  – Summer 2022
  • Estimated Construction Cost: $838,981.25
  • Water Construction Status: NR
  • Wastewater Construction Status: NR
  • Stormwater Construction Status: NR
  • Roadway Construction Status: 95
  • Electric Construction Status: 100
  • Work Completed Last Month:  Finished sidewalk installation.
  • Work Planned for This Month: Finish landscaping and irrigation

NOTE: NR = Not Reported

477 — GUADALUPE STREET IMPROVEMENTS - BIKE LANE SIGNALS

GUADALUPE STREET IMPROVEMENTS
BIKE LANE SIGNALS

Project Manager: Rohit Vij

PROJECT OVERVIEW | The scope of work for this project includes but is not limited to the construction of bike signals for the proposed bike lane along Guadalupe Street from University Drive to Grove Street and for the proposed bike lane along LBJ Drive from Grove Street to MLK Drive.

• PROJECT DETAILS •

  • Additional Details: http://www.sanmarcostx.gov/FAQ.aspx?TID=71
  • Estimated Construction Timeline: March 2021  – Summer 2022
  • Estimated Construction Cost: $214,169.46
  • Water Construction Status: NR
  • Wastewater Construction Status: NR
  • Stormwater Construction Status: NR
  • Roadway Construction Status: 95
  • Electric Construction Status: NR
  • Work Completed Last Month:  Bike lane signals phasing & timing. Signs installation
  • Work Planned for This Month: Final walk through 

NOTE: NR = Not Reported

• PROJECT PHOTOS AND DOCUMENTS •

90 — HOPKINS STREET IMPROVEMENTS - BISHOP TO MOORE

HOPKINS STREET IMPROVEMENTS
BISHOP TO MOORE

Project Manager: Richard Reynosa

PROJECT OVERVIEW | Reconstruction of Hopkins Street from Bishop to Moore Street. Includes traffic calming design with reduced roadway section and three raised intersections.

Water and wastewater lines will be replaced. Drainage is a key component of the project where no infrastructure exists. Storm inlets will be installed throughout the project, tying into the Travis Drainage Outfall Project.

• PROJECT DETAILS •

  • Estimated Construction Timeline: April 2020  – Summer 2022
  • Estimated Construction Cost: $10,070,388.45
  • Water Construction Status: 100
  • Wastewater Construction Status: 100
  • Stormwater Construction Status: 100
  • Roadway Construction Status: 85
  • Electric Construction Status: 85
  • Work Completed Last Month:  In May, concrete crews continued installing sidewalks and driveways in Phase 3 (Endicott to Blanco).
  • Work Planned for This Month: In June, crews will complete concrete work in Phase 3 (Endicott to Blanco).

• PROJECT PHOTOS AND DOCUMENTS •

629 — MOBILITY IH35 - RIVER RIDGE PKWY TO LOOP 82

MOBILITY IH-35
RIVER RIDGE PKWY TO LOOP 82

Project Manager: Rohit Vij

PROJECT OVERVIEW | Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) I-35 from north of River Ridge Parkway to south of Loop 82 consists of new northbound I-35 ramps between River Ridge Parkway and Loop 82 (Aquarena Springs Drive).

A northbound exit ramp to River Ridge Parkway would be constructed, and an existing northbound entrance ramp south of River Ridge Parkway would be relocated to provide adequate weaving distance. The northbound frontage road between River Ridge Parkway and Loop 82 will also be reconstructed as part of this project.

An Advanced Funding Agreement (AFA) between the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the City of San Marcos (City) was executed to include waterline and electric bore betterments along IH 35 from north of River Ridge Parkway to Loop 82.

Water and electric facilities will be owned, operated, and maintained by the City from and after completion and final acceptance by TxDOT and the City. The estimated total construction cost for the relocated and adjusted waterline and electric facilities is $555,400.00.

• PROJECT DETAILS •

  • Additional Details: www.my35.org/capital-project-river-ridge
  • Estimated Construction Timeline: January 2021  – Summer 2022
  • Estimated Construction Cost: $555,400
  • Water Construction Status: 90
  • Wastewater Construction Status: NR
  • Stormwater Construction Status: NR
  • Roadway Construction Status: NR
  • Electric Construction Status: NR
  • Work Completed Last Month:  Electric & Water Bore complete. Now working on tie-ins
  • Work Planned for This Month: Water tie-in 

NOTE: NR = Not Reported

• PROJECT PHOTOS AND DOCUMENTS •

629 — MOBILITY IH-35 - SH 80 TO RM 12

MOBILITY IH-35
SH 80 TO RM 12

Project Manager: Rohit Vij

PROJECT OVERVIEW | Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) I-35 @ SH123 project consists of intersection improvements at I-35 and SH 123 and ramp reversals between SH 80 (Hopkins St) and RM 12 (Wonder World Dr). The purpose of this project is to improve safety and mobility.

• PROJECT DETAILS •

  • Additional Details: http://www.my35.org/capital-project-sh123.htm
  • Estimated Construction Timeline: August 2021  – Spring 2025
  • Estimated Construction Cost: $5,988,424
  • Water Construction Status: 60
  • Wastewater Construction Status: 50
  • Stormwater Construction Status: NR
  • Roadway Construction Status: NR
  • Electric Construction Status: NR
  • Work Completed Last Month:  Water and Wastewater line relocation along SB & NB Frontage Roads north of SH123 is complete
  • Work Planned for This Month: Water and Wastewater line relocation along SB & NB Frontage Roads south of SH123. Waterline bore underneath San Marcos River. 

NOTE: NR = Not Reported

• PROJECT PHOTOS AND DOCUMENTS •

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521 — SESSOM CREEK IMPROVEMENTS PHASES - 1

SESSOM CREEK IMPROVEMENTS PHASES – 1

Project Manager: Shaun Condor

PROJECT OVERVIEW | Sessom Drive Sanitary Sewer – the replacement of up to approximately 1,800 linear feet of 12-inch sanitary sewer line from N. LBJ Drive to Canyon Road along Sessom Drive.

• PROJECT DETAILS •

  • Additional Details: http://www.sanmarcostx.gov/3451/About-the-Project
  • Estimated Construction Timeline: August 2021  – Summer 2023
  • Estimated Construction Cost: $3,186,928
  • Water Construction Status: NR
  • Wastewater Construction Status: 95
  • Stormwater Construction Status: 5
  • Roadway Construction Status: NR
  • Electric Construction Status: NR
  • Work Completed Last Month:  Finished installing the wastewater main. The only outstanding work on wastewater is properly abandoning the old wastewater line.
  • Work Planned for This Month: Installing erosion controls in the creek and starting creek improvements.

NOTE: NR = Not Reported

• PROJECT PHOTOS AND DOCUMENTS •

419 — SESSOM / ACADEMY DRAINAGE / STREET IMPROVEMENTS

SESSOM / ACADEMY DRAINAGE / STREET IMPROVEMENTS

Project Manager: Rohit Vij

PROJECT OVERVIEW | This project will address the area along Sessom Drive from Yale Street to Comanche Street that experiences localized flooding issues.

Currently, there is a storm drain running through private property that the City will abandon, and improvements will be made to alleviate flooding of adjacent properties. The proposed drainage design will incorporate Drainage Master Plan projects.

In addition to the drainage improvements, Water and Wastewater lines will be replaced along Academy St, and Sessom Dr from Holland St to Comanche St; Academy St and Sessom Dr between Yale St and Alamo St with sidewalks will be reconstructed.

Traffic operations and safety along Academy St and Sessom Dr and at Academy St/Sessom Dr, Sessom Dr/Comanche St, and Sessom Dr/LBJ Dr intersections will be improved by implementing multi-model improvements for cyclists and pedestrians.

• PROJECT DETAILS •

  • Estimated Construction Timeline: May 2022  – Spring 2024
  • Estimated Construction Cost: $5,800,000
  • Water Construction Status: 0
  • Wastewater Construction Status: 0
  • Stormwater Construction Status: 0
  • Roadway Construction Status: 0
  • Electric Construction Status: NR
  • Work Planned for This Month: Set up traffic control and erosion control devices.

NOTE: NR = Not Reported

• PROJECT PHOTOS AND DOCUMENTS •

741 — SURFACE WATER TREATMENT PLANT IMPROVEMENTS

SURFACE WATER TREATMENT PLANT IMPROVEMENTS

Project Manager: Jakob Peetz

PROJECT OVERVIEW | The scope of the project includes an expansion of the City’s high service pump station (HSPS) to increase pumping capacity by one pump unit, motor improvements at the GBRA HSPS, and a new surge tank for the GBRA system.

Additionally, a new 2.0 MG ground storage tank shall be installed to accept delivery of Alliance Regional Water Authority (ARWA) water at the San Marcos Surface Water Treatment Plant (SWTP). A new generator and electrical improvements are also included in the project scope.

• PROJECT DETAILS •

  • Estimated Construction Timeline: March 2022  – Fall 2023
  • Estimated Construction Cost: $12,945,554.1
  • Water Construction Status: 0
  • Wastewater Construction Status: NR
  • Stormwater Construction Status: NR
  • Roadway Construction Status: NR
  • Electric Construction Status: NR
  • Work Completed Last Month:  Mobilization/Site Preparation & Submittals
  • Work Planned for This Month: Begin excavation of the generator pad as well as existing utilities at the electric building. Rough in electric at the generator and switch racks.

NOTE: NR = Not Reported

36 — UHLAND ROAD IMPROVEMENTS

UHLAND ROAD IMPROVEMENTS

Project Manager: Kirk Abbott

PROJECT OVERVIEW | This project will resolve nuisance drainage issue along County Road, Uhland Road and parts of River Road during.

The project includes full depth reconstruction of County Road and Uhland Road between IH-35 and approximately 200 ft. south of the Aquarena Springs Dr. intersection. A roundabout at the intersection of Uhland Road and River Road.

  • A bike lane will be provided on the north side of the road way between IH-35 Frontage Road and the low water crossing at River Road.
  • A stormwater drainage system will be installed along County and Uhland Roads with a new outfall to the Blanco River.
  • A sidewalk extension up to 10 foot width along Uhland Road to Aquarena Springs Drive.
  • Lighting around the River Road and Aquarena Springs Dr. intersection.
  • Additional bus stop and upgrading two existing bus stops along Uhland Road.
  • Water and wastewater improvements along County Road and Uhland Road.

• PROJECT DETAILS •

  • Estimated Construction Timeline: March 2021  – Spring 2023
  • Estimated Construction Cost: $6,541,719.54
  • Water Construction Status: 40
  • Wastewater Construction Status: 0
  • Stormwater Construction Status: 45
  • Roadway Construction Status: 45
  • Electric Construction Status: NR
  • Work Completed Last Month:  Phase 2 (of 4): Phase 2 work continued in front of Hays County Jail. Pavement reconstruction was complete and ready for paving. Sidewalks and driveways were constructed in this phase.
  • Work Planned for This Month: June: Complete paving for phase 2 and install signs. Finish items to open phase 2. Start work on Phase 3.

NOTE: NR = Not Reported

• PROJECT PHOTOS AND DOCUMENTS •

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