SH 16 & SL 98 Pedestrian Improvements Project
Frequently Asked Questions– SH 16 & SL 98 Pedestrian Improvements
Q: What is the purpose of this project?
A: The City of Kerrville conducted extensive public outreach during their Kerrville 2050 Comprehensive Plan, which was published in June 2018. During this process, the citizens of Kerrville identified several key elements related to pedestrian accessibility and connectivity Specifically, D5.7: Improve the Sidney Baker bridge to make the crossing more pedestrian-friendly ; D5.2: Improve pedestrian and bicycle connections to and across the river; D5.3: Make Downtown more pedestrian-friendly by improving walkways, adding accessibility ramps. The SH 16/ SL 98 project is a direct response to this outreach and a way to fund these improvements with federal and state grant fund dollars. The proposed SH 16/ SL 98 project updates the existing pedestrian facility (4ft. sidewalk) to meet the currently recommended sidewalk width of 6 ft., provides connectivity and continuity from downtown to the hospital, grocery store, U.S. Post Office, and addresses ADA accessibility issues presently existing along the route.
Q: What is happening at the intersections on either side of the SH 16 / Sidney Baker Bridge?
A: Currently, TxDOT has contracted work at SH 16 and Water St. to commence construction in July 2021 for new signal poles, mast arms, pedestrian modules and push buttons, and crosswalk striping, and will provide significant safety improvements to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic at this heavily congested intersection.
The grant application proposes intersection improvements at SH 16 and SL 98 to include new signal poles, mast arms, pedestrian modules and push buttons, and crosswalk striping, and will provide significant safety improvements to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic at this heavily congested intersection.
Q: How will this affect lane size?
A: The proposed lane widths on the SH 16 bridge are 11’ wide, which is sufficient to support vehicles ranging from passenger cars to heavy vehicles based on the TxDOT Roadway Design Manual and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) standards. According to the FHWA, the maximum allowable width of a commercial motor vehicle is 8’6”. The EMS units used in Kerrville are on a Dodge 4500 truck chassis; the width of these Emergency Vehicles do not exceed 9’. An average fire truck width does not exceed 8.5’. A rear loader garbage truck does not exceed 8.5’. According to the TxDOT Roadway Design Manual, the minimum width of travel lanes on a main roadway should be 11’. Given that the proposed lane widths are consistent with industry standards, the proposed improvements will not compromise the safety of road users.
Q: How is this being funded?
A: The TxDOT's Public Transportation Division administers federal funding programs, including Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funds relating to TxDOT's Bicycle and Pedestrian Program and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds for transit in Texas. These funds are for specific purposes and have separate eligibility and funding requirements. The Public Transportation Division requests applications for specific funding sources through calls for projects. The federal grant funds that have been applied for cannot be spent on general local street maintenance or general TxDOT road projects.
**Please note: City Council has NOT approved the project at this time. The only action taken was the approval needed to submit the application for this grant opportunity.**