Though work officially began October 13, Texas Department of Transportation officials joined civic and elected officials of Seguin Monday to mark the start of a unique frontage road project along westbound I-10 in Seguin that will enhance safety, mobility and economic development.
new frontage road will connect state Highway 46 and Farm to Market 464 on the
city’s northwest side. The road will be mostly one-way – westbound – but
feature a two-way frontage road between Friesenhahn Road and Hwy 46. The total
estimated project cost is $4.7 million and should wrap up late summer 2014.
for the project is where the story of this frontage road becomes unique: the
project is entirely funded by local coffers, with money coming from three
separate sources. The city of Seguin and the Seguin Economic Development
Corporation Will pay as much as $1.25 million each, for a total of $2.5 million
effectively coming from the city. NewQuest Properties, a commercial development
company with plans to bring a major shopping center to the area, will pay the
remaining tab. The estimated portion of NewQuest’s share currently sits at
about $2.2 million, but that number could go up if the project requires.
partnership with others exemplifies exactly what we strive to do,” TxDOT
spokesman Josh Donat said. “Those who pay attention to the news and to our
community are aware of the transportation funding struggles we face in this
state. But when local agencies and private developers come to us with an
opportunity like this, we celebrate – this is how our partnerships get projects
development of frontage roads – between state Highway 123 and FM 464 – is on
the current TxDOT five-year plan. This project is the first step in that
process. Angel Brothers Enterprises, of New Braunfels, is constructing the
two-lane frontage road, which will also feature protected turn lanes for those
entering the proposed commercial development. Necessary utility lines will be
extended along the frontage road to serve the new development as well.