Tuesday, February 3

Bexar metro area projects

It's been a while since a solid update has been given on the major projects in San Antonio itself, so here are a few brief items. These are brief, because pretty much all projects are just pushing along without a ton of fanfare ... for now.

I-10 Huebner

This week's progress meeting on the I-10 Huebner project was moved, so a brief post on Wurzbach Parkway will have to take its place for now. We'll have an update on the I-10 project later this week.

That said, Webber Construction is planning work beginning this weekend on the eastbound frontage road approaching UTSA Boulevard. That will impact those shopping at Costco, as the driveways off the frontage road will be blocked. Those headed to Costco will need to do so from UTSA Blvd itself, though that should only last a couple of very short weeks.

Wurzbach Parkway

Monday Texas Sterling Construction will detour traffic headed to the city's brush dump onto Wurzbach Parkway from Jones-Maltsberger. Traffic to the brush site will head east on the parkway, using a single lane, and turn right into the brush site. To exit, they will turn right and drive to Starcrest Drive, then use the turnaround and return to Jones-Maltsberger. Because it would require activating the traffic signal at Starcrest - which we're not yet ready to do - we won't be able to allow traffic to continue east through Starcrest.
The blue arrows mark the route traffic will need to take to get to and from the city's brush site over the next few weeks.

Right now we're eyeing mid-March to have the eastern segment (Jones-Maltsberger to Wetmore) open and fully operational. If weather and all that complies, that is.

Loop 1604 northwest expansion

Residents of the Bridgewood subdivision noticed a traffic switch Sunday on Leslie Road. Williams Brothers Construction moved traffic onto new asphalt between Shaenfield and Culebra roads on the southbound side of Loop 1604. (Leslie Road is being converted permanently into the Loop 1604 southbound frontage road). Driveways and road access points were kept open, but these access points may change periodically as WBC continues to do the work to reconstruct the road.

Project managers anticipate more switches - particularly just south of Braun Road - later this week. These switches will be minor, but drivers should be aware they will be happening. These minor switches will open up space for WBC to work on the outside halves of the frontage roads south of Braun Road, including some of the drain structure work.

Those who've been keeping up with this project will recall that earlier this year we announced that WBC plans to have all traffic running on the frontage roads by the end of the school year.


We'll have more details Thursday ... but the big thing to know is we are working with Texas Sterling Construction to have the new through lanes of Medical Drive opened and in use within the next month, if conditions allow. We are hoping for overall project completion before spring break.

This is, indeed, a little bit behind our initially hoped-for deadline; recent weather issues have made work slow on projects across the district. Texas Sterling is still on pace to finish the project within the contract's allotted time limit.

UTSA Boulevard

We do have a project that's nearing a start-up date on UTSA Boulevard between I-10 and Edward Ximenes. This project will expand the road to four lanes - two in each direction - with a center left-turn lane. We are also adding some shoulder space for bikes and a multi-use path that will connect hikers, bikers and runners to the Leon Creek Greenway at UTSA Boulevard and Valero Way.

CPS Energy has moved its lines, and all currently necessary SAWS moves have been made. We are still waiting for telecommunications companies with lines along the road to move their lines in order to be able to begin work. Once work does begin, the project will take about a year and a half to complete.