San Antonio works to end traffic congestion

March 19, 2014 by  

On the evening of March 17, maps and information were made available to San Antonio residents in the cafeteria of Monroe May Elementary School to ease their concerns about a rise in traffic in certain parts of the city.

Thanks to the influx of new businesses, new housing starts, and the expansion of the campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio, the northwest side of the city is growing, particularly near UTSA Boulevard. This has led to traffic problems for both drivers and pedestrians. However, both San Antonio and the Texas Department of Transportation are looking at ways to improve the situation from Babcock Road to Interstate 10, along UTSA Boulevard.

The proposed project, which stretches 2.35 miles, would add sidewalks from UTSA Boulevard to I-10. It would also restripe the existing four-lane road to turn it into a shared-use lane. From UTSA Boulevard to Babcock Lane, the road would be expanded from two to four lanes, with storm sewers, curbs, and bicycle, and pedestrian accommodations.

The project, which has an estimated cost of $18.7m, should be complete within the next four years.

City officials might consider working with professional brochure printers to create a mailer for area residents to describe the project, including a schedule of work and information on what roads will be closed.