Installation of a stop sign at the intersection of Rebel Drive and Silverado could be one solution Kyle officials hope can ease safety issues caused by traffic detouring off of Burleson Street.
Leon Barba, Kyle city engineer, said the stop sign solution will be one of two proposed ordinances he plans city leaders to vote on during the March 19 council meeting.
Along with the stop sign, Kyle city leaders will also decide whether or not to lower the speed limit on Rebel Drive from Gregg Road to Jack C. Hays Trail to 50 miles per hour.
City officials arrived at those solutions after meeting with Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) officials on ways to improve safety. TxDOT owns that section of Rebel Drive, which is FM 150.
Barba said city officials hoped to reduce the speed limit to 45 miles per hour, but a TxDOT traffic study showed 85 percent of commuters on the road traveled at approximately 54 miles per hour. TxDOT rules require speed limits to be decreased by a maximum of five miles per hour when warranted.
Meanwhile, Kyle officials seek the placement of a three-way stop sign with flashing beacons at Rebel Drive at Silverado. In February, Barba said he was hesitant to place stop signs there due to the high speed limit and lighting issues.
However, TxDOT officials said the current volume of traffic at the intersection warrants a permanent stop sign. Once traffic goes back onto Burleson Street following completion of construction in 2020, TxDOT officials said the intersection at that time could warrant a traffic signal.
Flashing beacons are expected to make the signs more visible. Barba said once council gives approval, it could take three to five weeks for the stop signs to be installed.
“Hopefully that will give people enough notice that there’s a stop sign there,” Barba said.
Meanwhile, work continues on the final three projects under Kyle’s 2013 road bond.
Barba said the Marketplace Avenue extension from Burleson Street to the southbound Interstate 35 access road is 95 percent complete and should be opened by March 31.
Several items include “minor” fixes, such as concrete and sidewalk work, as well as restriping parts of the new road at TxDOT’s request.
TxDOT officials pushed the city to fund and complete additional drainage work along the I-35 access road. As a result, Kyle will exceed its five percent contingency for the project with a proposed change order for the fixes.
Officials also expect to keep both the Marketplace and Burleson Street access points to the I-35 access road open two to three weeks after the extension is complete.
As work on Burleson Street continues, Barba said the section from Miller Street to Lockhart Street is expected to be open by the end of March. Utility crews are still working in the area between St. Anthony’s Drive and Tenorio Street. Inclement weather, however, has hindered progress, Barba said.
Kyle officials are also waiting for utility work to be completed before starting major work on Lehman Road. That includes having Centerpoint Energy lower a gas line that had once been thought to be abandoned. Earlier this month, Pedernales Electric Cooperative moved a power pole at the intersection of Lehman Road and FM 150.
Beyond road bond construction projects, installation of a wastewater and reclaimed water line on Old Stagecoach Road is complete and the road was reopened to traffic this past weekend, Barba said.
City staff plans to advertise and open the bidding process for improvements on Kyle Crossing from Kohler’s Crossing to Vista Ridge Drive.