SAN MARCOS — San Marcos residents should expect a busy stretch of roads in the San Marcos Creek area to be even busier during the month of January, due to some preliminary testing that will pave the way for road improvements in connection with the major Creek District developments.
City officials warn that the following streets will be subject to lane closures throughout the month
- Bent Avenue between Discovery Street and San Marcos Boulevard
- Discovery Street between Bent Avenue and Via Vera Cruz
- Via Vera Cruz between Discovery Street and San Marcos Boulevard.
The streets could be reduced to one lane Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Traffic control teams will be there to direct oncoming traffic during the closures.
The closures will help crews to do soil and geological testing that will give them the information to start laying the ground work for two major projects: a four-lane bridge across San Marcos Creek along Via Vera Cruz and a two-lane bridge across the Creek at Bent Avenue.
Construction on the bridges is expected to start in late 2016.
Both of these streets currently have to get shut down when the creek overflows during the rainy season.
But officials said the larger benefit of the bridges is that it will provide the necessary street infrastructure to accommodate the city’s 214-acre makeover of the creek district, which will include hundreds of new housing units and mixed-used projects, a 73-acre habitat preserve, and other improvements.
This project will take 15 to 20 years, but it is one of the region’s most widely anticipated projects.