A rendering of the Harry Wurzbach/Austin Highway interchange project. Courtesy image/City of San Antonio

TAKEAWAYS

•San Antonio recently began a project for road, sidewalk and bike-lane upgrades on part of North St. Mary’s Street.

• Contractors recently have been preparing to place ramps for the Austin Highway/Harry Wurzbach Road interchange project.

• Phase I work is underway in the Eisenhauer Road/Northwood-Devonshire Drive area drainage project.

• The city is set to start five more downtown-area street reconstruction projects from fall 2021 to winter 2022.

SAN ANTONIO — Work is ramping up at the Austin Highway/Harry Wurzbach Road interchange project, while in Tobin Hill contractors have begun improving North St. Mary’s Street.

The latest efforts to upgrade the Austin Highway/Harry Wurzbach Road intersection include erecting columns that will support new connector ramps on Harry Wurzbach. 

For decades there has been no direct, unimpeded connection between the two busy roads, which cross but don’t touch thanks to a bridge on Austin Highway.

Contractors drill in preparation for new columns on northbound Harry Wurzbach Road. The columns will support ramps to connect to Austin Highway. Courtesy photo/City of San Antonio

Contractors have also installed a textured concrete wall, laid new asphalt on northbound Harry Wurzbach, installed wiring for new lighting, and readied the pavement for widening of the southbound lanes.

The end result of this 2017 bond-funded project will include upgraded traffic signals, new curbs, driveway approaches and bike lanes, and utility improvements.

District 10 Councilman Clayton Perry updated constituents about the project on his Facebook page.

“Thank you District 10 for your patience as we improve your community,” he added.

Meanwhile, improvements are continuing that started this spring to North St. Mary’s between East Mistletoe Avenue and West Josephine Street, including new sidewalks and bike lanes, officials said. 

East Dewey Street/West Josephine Street is one endpoint of an improvement project on North St. Mary’s Street. Courtesy photo/City of San Antonio

This project, too, is funded by the 2017 bond. Phase I stretches from East Ashby Place to West Josephine.

Tobin Hill resident Anisa Schell said she’s excited to see improvements coming to “The Strip”, as it is known to many locals.

“It should make the street more walkable, more pedestrian friendly,” she added.

Another bond-funded project is underway in the Oak Park/Northwood neighborhood — an initiative to fix drainage in the Eisenhauer Road/Northwood-Devonshire Drive area.

As part of Phase I activities, workers closed the northbound right turn lane of Harry Wurzbach from Oakwell Farms Parkway to Urban Crest Drive to replace a box culvert and to upgrade the underground waterline.

Plans call for channel improvements to relieve flooding at street crossings during major storms. 

Map of improvements being applied to part of North St. Mary’s Street in Tobin Hill. Courtesy image/City of San Antonio

“Currently, the storm drain boxes are undersized or too small at Harry Wurzbach Road, Robin Rest Drive and Albin Drive,” Capital Project Officer Cris Perez said.

Phase I, according to the city, will allow future stages to address road flooding along Devonshire Drive, and Seidel, Vandiver and Eisenhauer roads. Phase I work is scheduled to end in spring 2022.

The box culvert underneath Albin Drive, looking west, is one of several drainage elements being addressed in an Oak Park/Northwood upgrade project. Courtesy photo/City of San Antonio

Elsewhere, Phase 2 of the Barbara Drive drainage upgrade is on track for completion in fall 2022.

This project in the Shearer Hills/Ridgeview neighborhood will help take homes and businesses out of the floodplain, and replaces a section of an existing undersized storm drain system.

The Broadway makeover between East Houston Street and East Hildebrand Avenue is slated to wrap up in mid-2025.

In downtown, the current reconstruction of Commerce Street between St. Mary’s and Santa Rosa streets is on schedule to finish in March 2022.

Map of the Eisenhauer Road/Northwood-Devonshire Drive drainage project. Courtesy image/City of San Antonio

Upcoming road projects in and around downtown are:

• Improvements for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists on Fredericksburg Road from North Flores Street to West Woodlawn Avenue, beginning this September and finishing by summer 2023.

• Improvements to North Main Avenue and Soledad Street between Pecan and Navarro streets, starting this September and lasting two years.

• Improvements to Santa Rosa Street from César E. Chávez Boulevard to Martin Street, beginning December 2021 and ending spring 2025.

• Improvements to San Saba Street between Nueva and Martin streets, starting December 2021 and ending spring 2025.

• Improvements for motorists and pedestrians on South Alamo Street between Market Street and East César E. Chávez Boulevard launches in February 2022 and ends in October 2023.

eortiz@localcommunitynews.com

 

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