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
**UPDATE: Planned paving of Elbel has been delayed due to the colder temperatures. The temperature is not warming up as quickly as we would have hoped and we’re concerned the new asphalt will not be able to be properly placed and compacted. With warmer temperatures forecasted for tomorrow and the remainder of the week, the paving will start tomorrow (Tuesday, January 4).**
On Monday, January 3 the City's contractor will begin the mill and overlay on Elbel Rd. Traffic control will be changed to place traffic on the south side of the street, one lane in each direction. The contractor will mill the north side of the street and apply the new pavement layer. They will work late in the day if needed to complete the paving on the 3rd. The following day, Tuesday, January 4, traffic (one lane in each direction) will be moved onto the new pavement on the north side of the street. The contractor will mill the south side of the street and apply the new pavement layer to the surface. The work on the south side of the street may take more than one day to complete. Once all the new pavement has been placed, the street will re-open to normal traffic – two lanes in each direction. Please slow down, pay attention to the traffic control devices, and allow extra time to travel through the project area. Thank you for your patience while we complete the new paving on Elbel.