ARCHIVE: Drainage work adds millions to Boerne Stage Road price tag

 

Boerne Stage Road at Stagewater Run bridge on an ordinary Saturday morning (Copyrighted image)

 

Story and photo by Pamela Price

This article originally appeared in the Leon Springs Community News (May 2010 edition)

Bexar County Public Works had planned to begin significant improvements to Boerne Stage Road from Cross Mountain to the IH-10 intersection this September. However, due to a decision to make further changes to improve drainage capacity along the route, the project will not go out to bid until the first quarter of 2011.

According to Anna Esquivel, a civil engineering assistant with Bexar County’s Infrastructure Services Department, the project now bears a $10.7 million price tag. This is a $2.5 million increase over the last estimate.

“The new numbers reflects significant price increases related to the channelization,” said Esquivel. “We’re working with a 100-year flood plan, and we knew that we needed to improve drainage even further. Flood control funds came available, so we’re finalizing the project plans now.”

Bexar County’s Flood Control Program and Capital Improvement Projects fund the project, designed to improve both water drainage and traffic flow along the roadway, once a part of a multi-state auto route known as the Old Spanish Trail. TCB, Inc. serves as the contractor for the project; AECOM is the consultant.

Rapid growth along Boerne Stage Road has doubled traffic since 2000. This fact, together with difficulties encountered by emergency crews when Leon Creek floods and public demand, initially sparked the county’s decision to make improvements. Continue reading “ARCHIVE: Drainage work adds millions to Boerne Stage Road price tag”