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Sidewalk impr­ovements require Broadway drivers' patience

Will help Alamo Heights meet ADA requ­irements


ALAMO HEIGHTS, Texas - During the month of July drivers may be seeing more traffic cones on Broadway, but eventually the construction will pay off, helping the city of Alamo Heights meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements on the sidewalks.

It’s welcomed news to residents who struggle to navigate out of date sidewalks with sharp curbs and narrow passages. Residents such as Tara Staglik loves living in Alamo Heights, but finds getting around Broadway one serious and daily drawback.

“Ideally it’s good because everything is there," Staglik said. "But when you have to spend five minutes in reverse with your head over your right shoulder asking, ‘is it clear? Is it clear?’, you might have a problem."

It’s not a bad problem for a small city like Alamo Heights to have. Many businesses want the kind of shopper who lives there, and those shoppers tend to like the school system there, creating a bustling community of residents and visitors who use Broadway as their main street.

“Going through the main corridor, trying to find a parking space, dropping off shoes, picking up dry cleaning, getting in and out, is one of the major binds of my daily routine,” said Travis Capps, a nearby resident.

The solutions to the congestion continue to be offered and implemented, but a deteriorating roadway and obsolete sidewalks are a concern for everyone. Public Works Director Patrick Sullivan explained how the summer will mean more traffic cones, but also improvements.

“The ramps are being constructed to make accessibility for people who have special needs and at this point there will be improvements to access the school,” said Sullivan.

The area of Broadway at Cambridge Elementary is one of the areas getting a much needed upgrade to help parents and children who need better sidewalks if they want to avoid driving a car. He noted that more improvements are coming, but patience will come in handy.


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