A portion of Randolph Boulevard has begun to see a long-overdue fix, and city leaders say it’s part of larger efforts to improve transportation and commerce on the Northeast Side.
City Council acted in April to award a $491,260 contract to E-Z Bel Construction for a Randolph/Weidner Road improvement project.
Randolph parallels Interstate 35 to the border of Live Oak, and is a heavily traveled road into Windcrest.
“I’m glad that we’re moving (toward) safer and more drivable roads here in San Antonio. The intersection of Randolph and Weidner has been a major concern for our neighbors and nearby businesses for many years,” said District 10 Councilman Clayton Perry, whose district includes the roadways.
He helped fight for the enhancements.
The undertaking involves widening sidewalks and outside lanes, reconstructing intersection signs, re-striping crossroads to add protected left-turn lanes on Weidner, and upgrading existing traffic signals to meet current standards.
Other betterments include Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps at each corner of the intersection, and a new VIA bus shelter pad at the southwest spot.
Repairing the corner of Randolph and Weidner has been a longtime goal for residents and business owners, as well as District 10 leaders such as Perry.
Over the years, the intersection has seen many car crashes.
Neighbors and drivers have said parts of Randolph Boulevard, from just outside Windcrest to the Judson Road/I-35 intersection, need varied improvements to make the location friendlier for motorists and pedestrians.
“This is something that was a high priority for neighbors in the area and I am glad that I made the push for additional funding to get this problematic intersection funded in last year’s budget,” Perry said.
The city’s 2019 fiscal-year financial plan allocates $500,000 for the project.
E-Z Bel was the lone contractor to bid for the work. An informational meeting about the project was held Aug. 8 at the Northeast Service Center/Tool Yard.
Much like his predecessors, Perry has been active in securing resources toward revitalizing road conditions, transportation options and economic development on the Northeast Side.
The Northeast Corridor Revitalization Program is aimed at reviving the Perrin-Beitel/Nacogdoches roads corridor.
Earlier this spring, NEC ended another round of accepting applications for grants, which commercial property owners could use for storefront improvements.
NEC also has an enhancement-matching award program. It mitigates costs when making facade, landscape and signage upgrades for business proprietors and tenants.
“We’ve worked with all levels of government to provide the tools necessary for businesses and new developments to improve the Northeast Corridor, through the creation of opportunity zones, the NEC Façade Improvement Grant and Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone,” Perry said.
Meanwhile, the city’s Planning Department has been seeking public input for potential future improvements to the Loop 410/I-35 area, including housing options, transportation, and best places for commerce, office, park and recreational spaces.
The feedback will go toward further forming the 410/35 regional center outlook, part of the SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan.
“The 410/I-35 corridor is a subset of the SA Tomorrow plan. The area has excellent connectivity to places like the (San Antonio International) Airport and Joint Base San Antonio, making it a natural choice for new development and housing,” Perry said.