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Posted on: January 26, 2023

City breaks ground on large sidewalk extension, utility improvement project

City leaders pose with shovels at groundbreaking ceremony

City leaders braved the colder weather on the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, to break ground on a much-need sidewalk expansion and utility improvement project in central Boerne.

The Capital Improvement Project will see the addition of nearly one mile of new sidewalks on Bandera Road, Frey Street, and Oak Park Drive to provide additional mobility and connectivity for residents in these neighborhoods. At the same time, the project will replace a water main line on Oak Park Drive between Roeder Street and Frey Street.

By filling in gaps in the sidewalks and repaving the streets in the construction area, the end result will be a safer mobility experience for both drivers and pedestrians, while continuing to address priority projects in the City’s Master Plan.

“I am very excited to see work kick off on this project,” District 3 Councilman Quinten Scott said. “It will be great to have additional sidewalks so people can safely navigate their neighborhoods.”

Work on the $1.75M project will begin in earnest in early February and is expected to be substantially complete by late fall 2023.

“Connectivity and mobility are huge initiatives that Boerne residents want to see advanced,” District 4 Councilman Bryce Boddie said. “I am proud we are delivering on projects that will help improve quality of life for our residents.”

Planning began in 2020 and was initially focused on adding sidewalks only, but as preliminary design work was underway crews ran into issues with old utility infrastructure installed nearly 100 years ago. Working collaboratively, the City of Boerne Engineering and Mobility Department and Utilities Department decided to combine the infrastructure improvements and the sidewalk project into a single construction project.  

Straddling between Districts 3 and 4, the project was fully funded in the City’s 2022-23 budget.

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