Last week Kyle started the long awaited reconstruction of Lehman Road. Kyle residents should be prepared for detours during the roadwork.
Underground utilities will kickoff this reconstruction project, with an estimated project wrap up timeline of 24 months and the closed portion of FM 150 to Masonwood to last several months.
However, inclement weather and other issues can affect the anticipated schedule throughout the entire project.
Motorists should be prepared for detours and closures during the the construction period. The contractor is required to display signage in advance of traffic changes, lane shifts, detours and closures.
The Hays CISD transportation department has been informed of the detours and is planning bus routes accordingly. Student drivers who use Lehman Rd. from FM 150 should use the detours listed below.
• Burleson St.: This is a planned major reconstruction of the road and part of the 2013 road bond approved by Kyle voters. The work involves moving utilities and adding turn lanes.
Contractor currently has the following portions closed: Miller to Center (in front of Old Kyle City Hall/Krug Activity Center), and then from Center to Tenorio St. (by St. Anthony’s Church). Side streets are passable for local traffic only. Detour signs are posted. Detours go through the Silverado and Spring Branch neighborhoods.
As of about 3 p.m. April 5, the City of Kyle anticipates removing the barricades and re-opening the section from Miller to Center by the evening. A TxDOT technician is scheduled to check the signal and re-activate as needed to detect auto traffic.
There may some minor disruptions to traffic in the coming weeks as we still have some pending work (e.g., illumination, landscaping). We will use social media to communicate those types of issues/temporary closures.
The section of Burleson from Center to Lockhart is anticipated to open sometime in May; as work continues, we will know more specific details in the coming weeks.
**Note: as work moves north toward Marketplace, the contractor will set new detours. We will work to keep the public and each of you updated.**
• Lehman Rd.: New Closure April 1 — The Lehman Rd. closure will extend from FM 150 to just south of Hiver St. beginning April 1 (our best estimate at this time)*. Currently, the closure runs from FM 150 to Masonwood Dr. The contractor will place road signs notifying drivers/residents of the change beginning March 25. The city will also use various outreach methods to inform the public of the change.
*Weather and other issues can impact or delay the start date for the new closure, and for any work on the overall project.
The City of Kyle’s contractor believes they complete the road reconstruction from FM 150 to just S. of Hiver Street by January 2020. As the work progresses, the city will provide an update of new closures and section openings.
IMPORTANT NOTE: As of March 29, the city and contractor are in agreement that the Pie in the Sky Festival over Labor Day weekend will take place at Lake Kyle as expected.
Also, the contractor is working in front of the Public Works facility on FM 150. The work involves lowering the stormwater grate, moving to place the water barriers, and excavating. The staff at PAWS has been notified as some of the work and closures may affect their parking lot and access.
• Marketplace Extension: This is the new road from the circle at Marketplace and Burleson St. east to the I-35 Frontage Rd. It is part of the 2013 road bond approved by Kyle voters. Barricades are still up; please do not go around them – they are there for your safety. The current estimate for opening this new road is April 22, but that could change.
Please note that the Lehman and Burleson projects involve a complete overhaul; utilities are being moved and crews are doing major reconstruction of the roadways.
The City of Kyle has asked motorists to be patient throughout the duration of the project.
For more information on Kyle’s road bond projects, visit the city’s website.