The city of San Antonio has launched two road projects they hope will improve conditions for Northwest Side residents and businesses. Improvements will include reconstruction of the roadway, expansion of the two existing lanes to four lanes with a raised median and new left turn lanes on UTSA Blvd. Additional upgrades will include sidewalks, curbs, a shared used path for pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as upgrades to traffic signals, signs and drainage. District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg and Ricardo Romo, University of Texas at San Antonio president, said the project will bring long-overdue fixes to the major corridor that links the campus to Loop 1604 and Interstate 10. They added the improvements are needed with continuing growth both for UTSA and the surrounding area, which is seeing more commercial and residential development. “As one of many important projects in District 8, UTSA Boulevard is a key roadway for various daily commuters who live, work and attend classes at the University of Texas at San Antonio,” said Nirenberg in a press release.
“Multi-modal enhancements will ensure that the commute improves not just for drivers but those who choose to walk and bike as well.” The project is being managed by Transportation and Capital Improvements for the city of San Antonio. The project was designed by Vickrey & Associates, and will be built by Texas Sterling Construction, Co.
The budget for this project is $7.3 million, with funds being provided from the city’s 2007 bond savings, and from the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.
A little more than a month ago, the city broke ground on a project to expand and improve Callaghan Road. Improvements include widening Callaghan to four lanes with a continuous left-turn lane from Loop 410 to Bandera Road. The project also includes a new 10-foot sidewalk to provide a new shared use path for bicyclists and pedestrians, and new 6-foot sidewalk within the project limits. Upgrades to area traffic signals and the storm drain system will also be completed. District 7 Cris Medina said at the ground-breaking that these improvements will help to shore up safety and viability for area residents and merchants. The project is being managed by Transportation and Capital Improvements for the city, and oversight was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation. The project was designed by CDS Muery, and is being built by Harper Brothers Construction. The budget for this project is $15.3 million, with funds being provided from the city’s 2012 bond, Alamo Area MPO and TxDOT.