The last Council on the Go Meeting of 2019 was held in the central region of Schertz on Tuesday, May 21 at Laura Ingalls Wilder Intermediate School. The meeting began at 6:30 p.m. with a staff meet and greet and proceeded with a viewing of the City’s State of the City video followed by presentations from staff on various topics. Agenda items for discussion included updates on FM 1103 and I-35 construction, Street Preservation and Maintenance (SPAM), the Water Meter Replacement Program, and the Wiederstein Road expansion project.
City Engineer, Kathy Woodlee, provided attendees updates on FM 1103 and I-35 construction. Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) construction continues on the FM 1103 Bridge over IH 35. The future bridge will include turnarounds, two main lanes, and three turn lanes. This construction is estimated to be complete by the end of this month.
The current let date for the additional roadway improvements on FM 1103 is May 2020. The full construction period is expected to be four years and includes construction in Schertz and Cibolo. The proposed roadway will include four 11 foot travel lanes (two in each direction), raised medians and left turn lanes, two 5 foot bike lanes in each direction, and curbs and 6 foot sidewalks on both sides of the road.
TxDOT will also be doing some operational improvements on IH 35 from FM 2252 to Schwab Road and is set to start the I-35 NEX (Northeast Expansion) Project from AT&T Parkway to FM 1103 in 2021. For more information on TxDOT projects in our area, go to txdotsanantonio.blogspot.com.
Engineer, John Nowak provided an update on the Street Preservation and Maintenance (SPAM) program. The SPAM program began after the 2016 MicroPAVER Roadway Assessment Report of the City’s street infrastructure. This project comprised of 12.44 miles of road includes Northcliffe, Greenfield Village, The Estates at Wilson’s Preserve, Deer Haven, and Lone Oak. The project also addresses sections of Live Oak Road, Randolph Avenue, Tri-County Parkway, Schertz Parkway, and Curtiss Avenue. Maintenance on these roads consist of chip sealing, crack sealing, spot base repairs, mill & overlay, asphalt leveling, and some full reconstructions. Design is currently being finalized for these projects. Make sure to check Schertz.com for updates regarding this program.
The Water Meter Replacement Program presentation given by Utility Billing Assistant Manager, Rodolfo Rosales provided an overview of the project and let residents know what they could expect during the replacement process. The presentation also provided a new helpful tool designed to assist customers in understanding the details on their utility bill. This resource can be found on Schertz.com. As of May 13, there are only 65 water meters to still be replaced.
Assistant City Manager, Brian James, gave attendees an overview of the Wiederstein Road expansion project. This is a joint project between the City of Schertz and the City of Cibolo. Both cities unanimously voted to approve the agreement regarding cost sharing for the project (Schertz approved the item on April 23; Cibolo approved the item on May 14.) The improvements will be from IH-35 to Old Wiederstein Road. Cibolo will be responsible for the construction of all of the improvements. Construction plans must be approved by the City of Schertz and the project will be inspected by the City of Schertz.
Residents were encouraged to visit with City staff and council members after the meeting to discuss their concerns and needs. The full video from this meeting can be found on the City of Schertz YouTube Channel. Stay tuned for more information about next year’s Council on the Go Meetings.