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Repaving project closes highway lane


On Friday, August 3, crews working for the Texas Department of Transportation will begin repaving a small section of Highway 16 South on the east end of Bandera. This will likely delay commuters driving in and out of town.

Previously announced to begin Monday, July 30, the work was delayed by the approval of a material batch. All batches of asphalt and concrete used on TxDOT projects must meet strict quality requirements. Testing for the proposed batch for this project couldn't be scheduled until July 31.

All lanes of the roadway between 14th Street and Old San Antonio Road South will be stripped and repaved as part of a $1.7 million effort to widen the highway in areas located between the City of Bandera and Pipe Creek.

While crews will try to maintain one open lane in each direction, at times traffic may be required to share a single lane. In those instances a pilot car will be used to lead traffic through the area. The work is scheduled for completion by August 10 - as long as weather cooperates.

"This work is going to be a little invasive for a few days," said TxDOT spokesman Josh Donat said. "We will do our best to accommodate as many folks as possible. The good news is we should be done by the end of the week."

During the week, access will be maintained to businesses along the highway; however, properties with multiple driveways may be limited to a single access point for a few hours here and there.

Work began in December and has been ongoing. Salinas Construction Technologies, of Pleasanton was awarded the contract last year when they submitted a bid for just under $1.5 million.

For more information about the construction project, contact Donat at 210-605-5932.