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Tuesday, August 5

Wurzbach Parkway

Looking at the southbound frontage road of U.S. 281 coming from Nakoma Drive this morning, it seems not enough folks are getting the memo about the detour route for the closed entrance ramp. With that in mind, here are a few items of note:

No access to U.S. 281 exists south of Rhapsody Drive. Those who move south and try to pick up the next available ramp will find themselves on San Pedro and, eventually, I-410. This is the long way to get around the closure.

The posted detour route - there are signs! - takes traffic north to Bitter Rd. Yes, it's counterintuitive to go north when you want to head south, but the turnaround at Bitters and the entrance ramp immediately after will help get you where you want to go rather quickly.

Spread the word!!

Alright. On to other areas.

The Salado Creek Greenway connector at Mud Creek has been in moderate use and, after some minor work this week, should be in full use. This means hikers and bikers won't need to use the signalized crosswalk near Buckhorn Drive. The lights will be taken down by the city if San Antonio in the near future. We are waiting to have them removed to be sure our work at Mud Creek is complete, just in case we need to close the trail under the bridges at Mud Creek again.

So that's the most immediately impactful area of work between Jones-Maltsberger and Wetmore right now. Texas Sterling construction is also working to finish shaping the cul-de-sac on Old Bitters Road while working on the main lanes of the Parkway between Starcrest and J-M. This includes preparing the access point for the city's brush dump.

Painters are scheduled to begin work next week, making the Starcrest overpass and other bridges look nice.

Near McAllister Park, crews are waiting on resolution of a conflict with some SAWS structures to be able to switch traffic onto the permanent roadway lanes. Once the SAWS work is out of the way and traffic is moved - meaning the full intersection at Starcrest will be opened up and both Mud Creek bridges will be used - concrete crews will move in to finish the center barrier. That barrier work includes area near the brush dump, effectively opening up the full parkway.

Work is on pace to be finished and have the east end if the Parkway complete this fall.