Lookout Road is the primary growth corridor within the City of Selma, a suburb community of 9,000 residents northeast of San Antonio. Lookout often serves as a reliever for IH 35 congestion, connects to multiple single-family and multi-family developments, and attracts many Fortune 500 companies like Amazon and O’Reilly Automotive within the industrial parks along the east end of the corridor. With frequent flooding, limited sight distance at intersections, and a deteriorating two-lane road, the need to improve Lookout was clear.
KSA worked with Selma leaders to plan and design the Lookout Road Improvements Project which includes over 8,000 linear feet of four-lane arterial asphalt and concrete pavement with paved shoulders, dedicated turn lanes at major intersection, a 400 linear feet bridge over Cibolo Creek, drainage improvements, modifications to an existing traffic signal, and a 10-foot wide multi-use sidewalk. Due to the significant topographic changes along the improved road, KSA’s engineers used a combination of underground storm sewer, drainage channels, curb and gutter, and retaining walls to design the most cost effective solutions to existing drainage problems along Lookout’s right-of-way. KSA also coordinated with city staff and surrounding property owners to develop a detailed construction phasing and traffic control plan to minimize the impacts to adjacent residences, businesses, and the commuters that use Lookout Road daily.
In addition to designing the Lookout Road improvements, KSA also provided the city comprehensive project-related services including topographic survey, environmental assessment, geotechnical investigation, hydraulic analysis of the bridge and drainage improvements, property and easement acquisition assistance, public involvement, and city hall display exhibits for the construction funding bond election.