The City of New Braunfels’ citizen-approved 2013 Bond program included the Phase 1 reconstruction of Klein Road, between Walnut Avenue and FM 1044.
The City and the public recognized the need for this project based on the rapid growth in the western portion of the community and the bond proposition was approved by voters in May 2013.
In 2018 the City of New Braunfels entered into a contract with San Antonio based construction firm J3 Company, LLC for the reconstruction project following a public competitive bidding process. Work on the project had been progressing; however, before the final layer of asphalt was applied, portions of J3 Company’s roadwork began to experience failure. The pavement work was stopped, while the City hired an outside engineer to investigate the failures. The third-party engineer determined that the failures were caused by J3 Company’s construction performance.
For more than a year, the City has worked with J3 Company in good faith to correct the failures. However, J3 Company is not willing to correct its work. Residents should be aware that the City is taking every step possible to enforce its rights under the contract and to ensure the West Klein Road reconstruction project is completed as designed. The City will be moving forward to correct the faulty work either through J3 Company’s surety or through another contractor.
The City has received numerous complaints from residents about this project, expressing their understandable frustration. The City shares in that frustration. In the interim, the road will be kept safe and drivable, and the project area will be maintained. Phase 2 of the Klein Road reconstruction project, approved by the residents in the 2019 Bond Program, from FM 725 to Walnut Avenue will be a separate project and the City will utilize a different contractor.