Work will began 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 1/3/2022
The Elbel traffic control has been switched to move traffic to the south side of the street and the contractor has started milling the north side of the street.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, January 4 the contractor will pave the north side of Elbel. Paving operations will start after 9:00 a.m. at FM 3009 and work westward to Schertz Parkway. During the paving operations, an individual drive approach will be temporarily closed while the paving is done across that approach. Other drive approaches will remain open so access is provided at all times. At approximately 3:00 p.m., all of the school drive approaches will be open to help with school release traffic. The contractor’s plan is to complete all the paving on the north side of the street on Tuesday. The contractor may work past 5:00 p.m. in order to finish the paving.
On Wednesday, January 5, the contractor will do the milling and paving on the south side of the street. Traffic will be moved to the new pavement, on the north side of the street. Access to the apartments, the School District offices, and businesses on the south side will be provided at all times. As one drive approach is closed while the paving is completed, other approaches will be open to provide access.
The paving is expected to be fully complete by the end of the day Thursday, January 6. When all of the paving has been completed, Elbel will be re-opened to normal traffic – two lanes in each direction. Temporary lane markings will be provided until the new pavement has cured for the permanent striping to be applied. Thank you for your patience as we complete the paving on Elbel.