The long-awaited rebuild of Cibolo Valley Drive was expected to get under way Monday, city officials said late last week.
The $4.825 million project will widen Cibolo Valley Drive from two to five lanes, with two lanes in each direction and a center turn lane, from Old Wiederstein Road to the Interstate 35 frontage road, a distance of about 6/10ths of a mile.
The project is expected to take one year to complete, according to city officials. J.R. Sitework out of Marion is the contractor.
The process will begin with lane realignments to make room for the first section of new pavement. Traffic will continue in both directions for the duration of the project. Motorists are urged to use caution as new lane paths will change throughout the project.
The project includes installation of four traffic lights: two at the I-35 access roads; one at Ripps-Kreusler and Cibolo Valley Drive, the entry to the Santikos Theater at Cibolo Crossing; and one at Old Wiederstein and Cibolo Valley.
New underground storm water drainage structures will be included in this project. Sidewalks will be installed along the west side of the Cibolo Valley Drive, in front of the Lantana and Cibolo Crossing developments to connect the retail centers to existing sidewalk.
The project is a joint venture between the city of Cibolo, the city of Schertz, and Babcock Road 165, Ltd., the developer of Cibolo Crossing. The wider road is designed to alleviate congestion in this area and provide a continuous roadway to I-35.
No property taxes, sales taxes, general fund dollars, or city utility funds will be used or pledged to pay for the city of Cibolo’s contribution, according to city officials.
When the road is complete, 28 percent of the road will exist in the Cibolo right of way. The remaining 72 percent will be in Schertz, which will be fully responsible for all necessary maintenance and repairs for the new road.