Homeowner complains road project damaged house

Project on Harry Wurzbach is nearly completed, new turn lanes, curbs, sidewalks will soon be open


SAN ANTONIO - A road construction project near Fort Sam Houston that is expected to improve travel in the area has also drawn complaints from a neighbor who said the project has seriously damaged his home.

Work is nearing completion on the Harry Wurzbach Road project, a $13.5 million plan to add turn lanes and improve curbs and sidewalks.

But the work is rattling the nerves of homeowner James Velasquez.

"It's not just the shaking of the windows, there's actual damage and I'm concerned about it," Velasquez said.

Velasquez lives right next to the project and says all the earth moving has vibrated and damaged his home.

"All this is new," Velasquez said, as he pointed to cracks in his home’s walls and ceiling. He said the cracks that have appeared lately are more than just natural settling.

"This is an old subdivision and you're going to have settling,” Velasquez said. “But the settling I'm talking about doesn't occur with these big of gaps."

Velasquez complains that the city should have warned residents in the area that their property could be damaged.

He said when he asked for someone to look at his home, he got the runaround.

The KSAT 12 Defenders contacted the city and got some answers from Capital Projects Manager David McBeth.

"We occasionally get complaints like that," McBeth said.

He said work on Harry Wurzbach is behind schedule but the city has an inspector on site every work day and has not seen anything unusual.

"What I've seen in the past is that there hasn't really been any damage done by earth moving equipment," McBeth said.

The city said the contractor would be the one responsible if damage did occur and now Velasquez has his sights set on EZ-Bel Construction.

Residents who have complaints about the city damaging property can call 311 to report the incident and file a claim for damages.


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