SAN ANTONIO - A portion of Lookout Road on the city's northeast side has been closed for two months, and construction is expected to last a total of six months.
Once in danger of being closed permanently, this stretch of Lookout Road was deeply in need of repair.
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Three years ago, a grant from the Metropolitan Planning Organization was aquired to improve this portion of Lookout Road, but the plans fell through after TXDOT required the road be built to federal highway standards.
The city of Live Oak would have had to put up 25 percent of the costs associated with this renovation and instead decided to build Lookout like a normal road without use of the grant.
This solution was more cost effective for the city and still allowed the renovation to move forward.
During this process, a group called Old Castle was looking to develop on the corner of Topperwein and Lookout Road.
“They have asphalt trucking and some of the weights of the trucks would destroy the pavement section that we had planned for the road,” said Live Oak City Manager Scott Wayman in an email.
The city went to Old Castle to work out a deal.
“We were able to secure an additional $250K that allowed for that enhanced construction and we are in the process of building a roadway that is 12 inches of concrete, that should serve those residents and all the traffic for many years,” Wayman said.
Concrete construction is vastly different that asphalt construction and a large portion of the road needed to be closed down in order for the road to be built properly.
“I am aware that the roadway has been closed for an extended time, but we are only two months into our estimated six-month project and we are hopeful that it is done earlier than that estimated time frame, depending upon the weather,” Wayman said.
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