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2014-08-28

Surveying on Hwy. 16 explained

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

For several weeks, a private company has been conducting extensive surveys of Highway 16 to the north of and through the City of Bandera.
According to Josh Donat, spokesman for the Texas Department of Transportation, the surveys are being done in advance of the first of five highway projects to be completed in the county from 2015 through 2018.
The first project will take place from Winan's Crossing to the city limits and consist of augmenting the roadway's safety features, which includes widening, marking and constructing a shoulder or bike path. According to Donat, bids for the project will go out in February with work scheduled for completion before the end of the 2015 school year. This project has already been funded
Although the surveying - in triplicate - continued to the front of the Bandera County Courthouse, Donat indicated that no TxDOT projects had been slated for the city's downtown area, putting the kibosh on rumors that the surveys were tied to the city's proposed sidewalk project.
According to Donat, the largest local highway project will occur on Park Road 37, and which tops the charts at a whopping $11.3 million. The Park Road 37 project will include rehabbing and widening the narrow roadway from the Bandera-Medina County Line to FM 1283 and from FM 1283 to Bandera County Park.
When the projects were presented to Bandera County Commissioners on Jan. 9, Precinct 2 Commissioner Bobby Harris thanked TxDOT Regional Engineer Michael "Mike" Cowart for work already completed on PR 37 and the shoulder work on FM 1283. "Hopefully, we won't experience more rollovers in those areas," Harris said at that meeting.