Funny ‘pothole grave’ showcases serious issue after TxDOT project halts on FM 1103 in Schertz/Cibolo

Schertz PD cited weather and ‘several issues’ for reason construction stopped

Schertz resident Spencer Du Chene crated a "Pothole Grave" to display the hubcaps lost from cars after they've hit large potholes on FM 1103 near I-35. (Spencer Du Chene, KSAT)

SCHERTZ – A much-anticipated road construction project has come to a stop just months after it started.

A plan to improve FM 1103 from I-35 to Rodeo Way in Comal and Guadalupe Counties has been in the planning stages for years. The project kicked off last November but came to a screeching halt weeks ago.

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Now, residents want to know why TxDOT left the road in arguably worse shape than when they started the work, riddled with potholes.

One Schertz resident created an “art piece” he’s calling “Pothole Grave.” As of Friday, there were six hubcaps hanging from netting on the side of FM 1103.

“I’ve watched many people hit the pothole and actually blow tires out, too,” Spencer Du Chene said.

“Current record is three hubcaps off one vehicle,” Du Chene said.

He posted a picture of the display in a community Facebook group and has received nearly 100 comments as of Friday afternoon.

“The top right one is mine lost it on Monday last week,” one person responded.

Another said the potholes messed up her tire sensors, while a third person posted photos of their busted tires.

The Schertz Police Department posted a Facebook message earlier this week saying the improvement project encountered heavy rains and “several issues” that have delayed field activities.

“As a result, there may be times of limited work activity,” the post stated.

A TxDOT San Antonio spokesperson said their crews can’t proceed until some of the utility lines in the area have been relocated.

“This process encompasses numerous entities and coordination takes time,” Tanya Brown said.

Brown said recent rains delayed the process. But, she promised a fix — albeit a temporary one — is coming.

“Due to construction delay, TxDOT will mill 2″ of existing roadway and place a new overlay for a smooth ride, as a temporary repair,” Brown said.

She encouraged drivers to find an alternate route to avoid delays when possible.

The FM 1103 project will expand the two-lane road to a four-lane road with a center turn lane. Sidewalks and bike lanes will also be added in each direction. The project is planned for completion in five stages, with an end goal of 2026 for the entire project. There’s no word whether the current delays will affect the project’s timeline.

The traffic on FM 1103 from I-35 to Steele High School has increased exponentially in the last decade, with thousands of new homes built in neighborhoods that used to be farmland.

Schertz has more than doubled in size in the last 20 years, with a current population of about 43,000, while Cibolo’s growth has been dramatically faster. The current population of 32,000 is about 10 times what it was 20 years ago.

The few farms that remain along FM 1103 are surrounded by suburban neighborhoods and businesses.

Development maps in Schertz and Cibolo show plans for more homes, retail centers, a gas station, businesses and coffee shops all along the busy four-mile stretch of road.

In January, H-E-B opened a store on FM 1103 to service residents in the fast-growing area.

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Julie Moreno has worked in local television news for more than 25 years. She came to KSAT as a news producer in 2000. After producing thousands of newscasts, she transitioned to the digital team in 2015. She writes on a wide variety of topics from breaking news to trending stories and manages KSAT’s daily digital content strategy.

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