SAN ANTONIO -

Scaling back the final phase of a massive flood control project on a portion of San Pedro is expected to prolong work by another 8 or 9 months, according to Renee Green, Bexar County Public Works director.

Green said the project was altered at the request of neighbors in the Monte Vista Historical District, east of San Pedro north of downtown.

"If that's what the neighborhood wants, we want to try to give them what they want," Green said.

She said a plan was developed that would not require work extending two blocks into Monte Vista, but still will be able catch the run-off flooding the area around Mark Twain Middle School that already has seen some relief.

Green said a storm sewer will go in beneath one block of West Kings Highway, at San Pedro, with six street grates instead of curb inlets.

She also said two blocks of San Pedro from Agarita to West Kings Highway will be dug up again to replace the newly installed storm sewers with even larger ones.

"Believe it or not, the cost will be cheaper to go ahead and upgrade the pipe down San Pedro and then go in with the street drains," Green said.

However, neighbors, like Yoli Medellin, said they question why the project that began in July 2011 will take even longer to complete.

"It seems like such a little thing to do, a three-and-a-half-block area," Medellin said.

Green said given the cost involved, state law requires the project be put out for bid yet again.

She said once that's done in May, work beginning in August will be completed next spring.