Long before Boerne began to experience the growth it has seen, city officials knew the current road design in one part of town would not hold up well as additional people move in.
To remedy the problems along Old San Antonio Road, Scenic Loop Road, and Cascade Caverns Road – the city has applied for funding to improve the intersections in south Boerne from the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization as part of the group’s FY 2023-2026 Transportation Improvement Program.
This project was included in the Kendall County Boerne Fair Oaks Transportation Committee’s interim report released in January 2021.
As proposed, Phase 1 improvements would widen all three roads, add a roundabout at Old San Antonio Road and Cascade Caverns Road, add a light signal at the entrance to Kendall Elementary and Boerne Middle School South, improve drainage and add bike lanes and sidewalks.
In recent years, the area has seen an increase in homes, a new hotel, a restaurant and other businesses.
Boerne’s Development Services Department worked with a consultant and estimated that construction costs would be approximately $9.4M, which does not include additional design fees, utility relocation or right-of-way acquisition.
There is a minimum requirement of 20 percent contribution that each entity must commit to contributing to be considered by AAMPO. At a previous meeting, councilmembers agreed that the city should fund 30 percent of the project. By choosing to increase its contribution the city’s request would receive additional points from AAMPO project selection committee.
At its March 23 meeting, City Council voted unanimously to submit the request. The city expects to hear by the end of 2021 if it has been selected.