Work will begin on the Elbel Road project in October. The work involves installing some new storm drain piping and inlets and a new "mill and overlay." The new piping and inlets will help improve the drainage of the street between Westchester Dr. and Dietz Creek. The storm drain will take the longest to complete. Once the storm drain work is completed, the street will receive a “mill and overlay.” This involves removing a portion of the existing asphalt surface and replacing it with a new asphalt layer. The new driving surface will be smoother and will help extend the life of the street. The new surface will be similar to the new surface placed on Schertz Parkway between Live Oak and the railroad tracks last year. The storm drain work and the mill and overlay are expected to be completed around the end of the year, weather permitting.
The project will also replace the HAWK pedestrian crossing system at Westchester with a new traffic signal. This may be done after the roadwork is complete. The traffic signal equipment and hardware often have a very long lead time. The existing HAWK system will remain in place and be operational until the new traffic signal is fully complete and operational. The traffic signal will improve pedestrian safety at the Westchester intersection and will also help the intersection function more efficiently.
Project Update 11/19/2021
On Tuesday, November 23, Elbel Rd. will be fully closed to through traffic between Westchester Dr. and the Post Office. Detour routes will be set up to use FM 78 to get around the closure. Please see the map for detour details. The closure will only last for one day so the contractor can extend piping across Elbel in the closure area. The full closure will be removed once the pipe extensions have been completed and traffic flow will return to one lane of traffic in each direction as it is currently. Thank you for your patience and understanding.