Hill Country highway project to expand a Boerne area highway from two to six lanes

In October, TxDOT will begin construction on Farhills Drive through US 281 to Bentwood Drive in Bulverde, according to a Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation filing. The construction is expected to begin on Oct. 1, 2022, with an expected completion date of Oct. 1, 2026, the filing says.

“The purpose of the proposed project is to improve mobility on SH 46 between Farhills Drive and FM 3159/Smithson Valley Road to accommodate current and future traffic volumes by expanding SH 46,” says TxDOT San Antonio District spokesperson Jennifer Serold.

Serold says the construction will expand the two lanes into six lanes and add a center median, sidewalks, traffic signals, and crosswalks.  The estimated cost of construction is $77 million, according to TxDOT documents.

In 2016, TxDOT observed 13,000 to 25,900 vehicles per day in the area. They project that by 2039 that 22,700 to 44,200 vehicles will travel the road per day, which is a 70% increase, Serold says.

The project began in July 2015, with crash and traffic projections, as well as collection of current traffic data reviewed in late fall of the same year. According to a 2016 public meeting document, the project will stretch approximately seven miles.

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