You can now submit your thoughts on two proposed road projects in Boerne currently under consideration to receive federal funding through the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (AAMPO).
One of the proposed projects was submitted for consideration by the City of Boerne earlier this year while the second project was submitted by TxDOT. Both projects are competing with 68 other projects to secure a portion of $300 million set aside for transportation improvements in the San Antonio area.
AAMPO is collecting comments from the public on its website through June 27. You can see an interactive map of the 68 projects and designate the top four you think should be awarded funding. The organization will use your feedback to help prioritize which projects should receive the federal funding. Click here to submit your comments.
The larger of the two projects — Project 33 — was submitted by the City of Boerne and aims to improve traffic conditions along Old San Antonio Road, Scenic Loop Road and Cascade Caverns Road on the south side of town. The proposed project would:
- expand Old San Antonio Road and Scenic Loop Road from two to three lanes,
- expand Cascade Caverns Road from two to four lanes and add a center turn lane or median,
- construct a traffic roundabout at Old San Antonio Road and Cascade Caverns Road,
- add a traffic signal at the entrances to Kendall Elementary and Boerne Middle School South, and
- improve drainage and add bike lanes and sidewalks.
Boerne's Development Services Department worked with a consultant and estimated that construction costs for the proposed Project 33 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 a 20 percent contribution that each entity must commit to contributing to be considered for the federal funding. At a previous meeting, Boerne city 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 the AAMPO project selection committee.
At its March 23 meeting, City Council voted unanimously to submit the request. This project was included in the Kendall County Boerne Fair Oaks Transportation Committee's interim report released in January 2021.
The second project under consideration — Project 60 — was submitted by TxDOT and calls for the construction of 6-foot continuous sidewalks along Highway 46 (Bandera Road) from the I-10 access road all the way to S. Main Street. The new sidewalks would then run north on Highway 46 (S. Main Street) to Bess Street. The proposed cost for Project 60 is $1.3M. The minimum 20 percent entity funding requirement for this project would come from TxDOT, not the City of Boerne.
AAMPO is expected to announce which projects will receive the federal funding by the end of 2021.
Proposed Project 33 – Old San Antonio Rd./ Scenic Loop Rd. / Cascade Caverns Rd.
Proposed Project 60 – Highway 46/Bandera Rd.