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‘Super 2’ construction commences in Wilson County
Drivers on U.S. 87 between La Vernia and Sutherland Springs should be prepared for delays in their journeys. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) began lane closures Dec. 19, as the Super 2 highway roadwork takes place.
The stretch of road affected runs from 1.1 miles south of La Vernia at Post Oak Road to just less than a mile north of Sutherland Springs.
Shoulders have been closed off in recent weeks as crews worked on the drain culverts, said Josh Donat, TxDOT public information officer. Crews now are working on the pavement base level along the limits of construction.
“This will require crews to reduce the roadway to one lane, requiring one-way traffic control,” Donat said. “Folks will see flaggers out there directing traffic -- please be mindful of them.”
When this work is complete, the rest of the work will be limited to the shoulders.
The work on drain culverts will continue through the new year, Donat added.
Super 2 highway
This is the start of planned construction on 6.263 miles of U.S. 87 in Wilson County, from F.M. 775 to F.M. 539. The roadway is being widened to add passing lanes, known as “Super 2 highways,” with northbound and southbound lanes each approaching C.R. 342. Work is scheduled to be complete by fall 2013.
A Super 2 highway, according to TxDOT’s “Roadway Design and Manual,” is “where a periodic passing lane is added to a two-lane rural highway to allow passing of slower vehicles and the dispersal of traffic platoons. The passing lane will alternate from one direction of travel to the other within a section of roadway allowing passing opportunities.”
Costs for this part of Wilson County’s Super 2 projects amount to $6.6 million of a total of $16 million allocated to projects from La Vernia to Nixon and along S.H. 123 in the Stockdale area. The project will be funded by Proposition 12 general obligation bonds, as first disclosed during a June 27 telephone town hall meeting with Mario Medina of TxDOT and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar.
According to the TxDOT website, “The Texas Transportation Commission approved distribution of $3 billion in Proposition 12 bond funding that will address congested highways, rehabilitate bridges, and improve connectivity between the state’s metropolitan areas. ... These funds represent the balance of $5 billion in general obligation bonding authority by voters and first authorized by the Texas Legislature in 2007.”
According to information from TxDOT, U.S. 87 carries nearly 10,000 vehicles per day, based on 2011 estimates from the Texas Transportation Institute.
For more information on this, contact Donat at 210-615-5932 or email@example.com.
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