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Highway 16 improvements months from completion

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A nearly $5 million project on Highway 16 South running from near Bandera to almost the Bexar County line is still a few months away for completion, said Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson Laura Lopez last week.

“This project will widen some areas of SH-16 to provide a minimum of 5-feet shoulders throughout the length of this section. It is a 6.8-mile-long project,” said Lopez. “Once the roadway is widened, the entire section will be overlaid with two inches of hot mix. The project should be completed this summer, around August or September.”

TxDOT has described the work as a “Hazard Elimination & Safety” upgrade.

Many drivers using that stretch of the road have grumbled about the lack of progress on the project, which started last September.

Hunter Industries Ltd. is the contractor for the project.

On a unrelated matter, Lopez said as a result of a disaster declaration issued by Bandera County Judge Richard Evans last week, all TxDOT parks with river access and river crossings in the county were closed to keep crowds down and to keep people from areas where the coronavirus is rampant from coming into Bandera.

The judge implemented the order for seven days, but the court met on Tuesday, April 14, to decide if the closures should be extended.