Wonder World at Hunter Rd Intersection Improvement

Project Description

The City of San Marcos Engineering Department, in conjunction with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), are designing this intersection improvement project that includes several safety features for both pedestrians and cyclists. 

The proposed intersection improvement project consists of adding two pedestrian refuge islands, new bicycle lanes along intersection approaches on Hunter Road, and updating the signage and striping at the intersection. The proposed improvements would transition into the existing approaches at each corner of the intersection. No additional right-of-way will be required to accommodate the proposed improvements. 

The pedestrian islands and intersection treatments for cyclists will be installed in accordance with the Federal Highway Association (FHWA) Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide. Islands will reduce crossing distance and provide pedestrian refuge, and bike safety will increase with intersection treatments. In addition, signal poles will be relocated in the islands and pedestrian push button signals will be installed. Signal timings will be revised in accordance with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)  guidelines.

The services for this project consist of preliminary engineering, final design, bid assistance and construction phase services for the pedestrian and cyclist improvements required at the intersection. The project extends 300’ north and south of intersection along Hunter Road as well as 300’ east and west of intersection along Wonder World Drive.

Project Schedule

  • Design Phase:  Completed
  • Bidding: Completed
  • Construction:  November 2020 - January 2021

Wonder World Drive/Hunter Road intersection was designed to accommodate vehicular traffic with no preferential treatment for pedestrians and cyclists. In addition northbound motorists tend to travel through the intersection while using northbound right turn lane. The objective of this project is to make the intersection safer for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

Wonder World Drive/Hunter Road Intersection Improvements project scope include construction of a pedestrian refuge island, reconstruction of sidewalks and curb ramps, installation of pedestrian signal poles, and installation of bicycle lanes, erosion control and traffic control.

Wonder World Drive/Hunter Road Intersection Improvements project is funded through Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) program with Federal Participation in the amount of $450,000.

Wonder World/Hunter Preferred Alternative