The City of Helotes submitted a grant application to the San Antonio-Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization for the construction of a flood control bridge along F.M. 1560 between Alta Loma and Saltillo Flat. The existing crossing is undersized and allows flood water to top F.M. 1560 during even moderate rain events. The proposed bridge crossing lowers the up- and downstream water surface elevations and floodplain widths, resulting in an all-weather crossing capable of managing a 25-year storm event.
The MPO did not fund the project; however, TxDOT agreed to include the project in a subsequent capital improvement budget in the near term. The City approved a formal agreement with TxDOT on the project on September 25, 2014 whereby TxDOT agreed to fund and construct the project with a $300,000 match from the City of Helotes. Construction will cost $1.45 million.
Dan Williams Company is the winning bidder and will start construction in late spring / early summer 2017. Weather permitting, construction should conclude in January 2018.