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TxDOT to fix St. Hedwig bridge
Jason Staudt of Rakowitz Engineering
Thanks to the Texas Department of Trans-portation’s (TxDOT) off-system bridge program, repairs soon will be performed on the Martinez Creek bridge on Miller Road.
At its Jan. 2 meeting, the St. Hedwig City Council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution that clears the way for TxDOT to perform the repairs, estimated to cost $1.55 million. The city is required to furnish a 10 percent match for the work, which it will satisfy by designing and constructing a new cross-drainage structure at a low-water crossing on Gable Road.
According to Mayor Pro Tem Dwayne Padalecki, the low-water crossing is 1/4 mile north of Lupon Road. Flooding during significant rain events leaves the area impassible, prohibiting residents in the city’s eastern quadrant from leaving their homes until the water recedes. The flooding also creates problems for school buses serving the area.
Engineer Jason Staudt of Rakowitz Engineering, who is assisting St. Hedwig with the Gable Road improvements, said plans are to install four box culverts under the roadway at an estimated total cost of $155,000. The box culverts would accommodate 4 to 5 inches of rainfall per hour, which is equivalent to a 100-year flood event.
“We tried to do this four years ago, but the funding dried up,” Padalecki said.
Also related to roads, Staudt’s firm will be helping the city in its plans to fix the following thoroughfares:
•East Lupon Road
•East Gable Road
•North Gable Road
•Mergele Road (including a portion inside the Wilson County line).
A complete rebuild of each road could cost as much as $150,000 per mile, Staudt said. The council is likely to opt for a less-expensive solution that will include repairing and reshaping shoulders so the roads drain better, along with re-topping the roads. Staudt said he should have a proposal ready within a week.
In other business, Councilman Susann Baker, during her monthly crime statistics update, informed the council that St. Hedwig during December experienced a spike in property crimes -- thefts and burglaries of homes, vehicles, and buildings. On Dec. 22, for instance, there were four reports of vehicles being broken into on Pittman Road. A vehicle was stolen from a location on that road Dec. 5.
“It’s unfortunate we’ve come to that point, but you can’t leave your vehicles open,” Padalecki said.
Baker reminds residents to be vigilant, keep an eye on their neighbors’ homes, and report any suspicious people or activity to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office at 210-335-6000.
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