An ordinance temporarily banning 18-wheelers from a section of Kyle Crossing was given the green light by city leaders earlier this month in order to begin repairing heavy damage to a well-traveled road connecting Kohlers Crossing and IH-35.
Northbound Kyle Crossing from Kohler’s Crossing to Vista Ridge Drive will be off limits to 18-wheelers until repairs are made, said Leon Barba, Kyle city engineer in a phone interview Dec. 4.
As a result of deep depressions and rutting on that portion of Kyle Crossing, the center lane will temporarily serve as the alternative to the northbound lane for drivers, he said.
The road could not withstand the heavy load of trucks because it was built without a base beneath the road, Barba said.
In contrast, the southbound part of Kyle Crossing has not received much damage. Barba said he suspects new development in Buda is causing more 18-wheeler traffic heading north on Kyle Crossing.
The city conducted tests in the northbound section of Kyle Crossing and found the base of asphalt surface was “only a few inches of base material and asphalt,” according to the tests.
The road will be rebuilt in order to properly withstand heavier loads, Barba said.
The last time the road was rebuilt was 10 to 15 years ago by Hays County, which at the time owned that section of Kyle Crossing.
“No Truck” signs have already been posted by Public Works Administration officials, Barba said.
Kyle will also work to “soften” the near 90 degree curve drivers face going east on Kohler’s Crossing as they head to IH-35, Barba said.
He said the city has been working on this over a year, which includes receiving the necessary permission from the landowner near the curve in order to survey the area.
The city is considering submitting the road repairs project to the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) call for transportation projects, he said.
Every couple of years, CAMPO makes calls for transportation projects throughout Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties, according to its website.
If repair of this section of Kyle Crossing is selected, CAMPO would provide funding for the construction, offsetting the use of bond money for the repair, according to the city’s website.