Safety upgrades coming to dangerous curve on Hickory Grove Drive in west San Antonio

City Councilman Ray Lopez: Residents on Hickory Grove can expect speed bumps, more by January

SAN ANTONIO - Changes are coming to Hickory Grove Drive, a west San Antonio street that has seen a number of accidents on a curve in the road. A representative for District 6 City Councilman Ray Lopez said residents can expect to see improvements by the first part of next year.

"I hadn't seen anything out here, nothing going on, so I was thinking the worst," said Bianca Zapata a resident who lives near the dangerous curve.

Zapata said she was beginning to think the city forgot about the dangerous curve located in the 7200 block of Hickory Grove. More than two months after attending a meeting with councilman Ray Lopez that was prompted by a series of accidents, Zapata said she was still waiting to see some action.

"Yes, waiting for something to happen even if it's just changing the signs," said Zapata.

Residents who attended the meeting with Lopez in July were at least expecting the city to change out the yellow chevron signs marking the curve with more visible fluorescent yellow signs, something that was promised at the meeting.

Without any improvements she's still too scared to let her kids play in the front yard.

"The weather's been nice but I haven't been able to let them out to play on their bikes, things like that, so I'm hoping to get something done, hoping something happens fast," Zapata said.

Andrew Solano, a spokesman for councilman Ray Lopez, said the city did approve the new signs in July but they've yet to be installed. He said a new work order to replace the signs has been put in and the signs should be replaced soon.

Solano also said Hickory Grove will be getting speed bumps in the next 6 months.

"Awesome, that's good news. I'm excited," Zapata said. "That's good news for the neighborhood, that's good news for the kids and just people trying to sleep at night."

In addition to the speed bumps the city also plans to install a stop sign and cross walk at the intersection leading to the curve. Zapata was hopeful the safety upgrades will do the trick.

"Hopefully the drivers in the area will learn that the speed bumps are there and will abide by them trying to slow them down," Zapata said.

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