Flood program draining away problems

Completed projects helping 35,000 drivers

Published On: Jan 09 2013 05:51:01 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 09 2013 06:27:14 PM CST

Heavy and fast rainfall in Bexar County usually means two things: slow roads and flooding.

While the former will most likely never go away, the latter is slowly disappearing, thanks to the Bexar County Flood Control Program, a 10-year, $500 million improvement plan that began in 2007.

Crews have officially completed 11 of 69 projects and the 12th, at Evans Road between Old Fossil Road and Fossil Ridge, recently wrapped up.

The project raised Evans at least 10 feet over Elm Waterhole Creek.

Stephen Moreno has lived nearby for the last eight years and remembers what that crossing used to be like.

"It was terrible really," said Moreno. "The traffic kept on getting rerouted, the flood ditch would revamp really fast so it was really bad for the community around here."

Many of the 1,300 daily drivers on the road would have to detour along TPC Parkway and Bulverde Road adding time and distance to their commute.

"You would have to leave your house about thirty minutes before just to go around the morning traffic," added Moreno.

Overall, the completed projects help an estimated 35,000 drivers every day that it rains.

The county currently has 12 projects under construction and expects that number to rise dramatically during 2013.