Project underway to alleviate flooding at Southside intersection

VFW Boulevard receiving some much needed relief

Author: John Honore, Meteorologist, jhonore@ksat.com
Published On: May 09 2013 05:02:54 PM CDT   Updated On: May 09 2013 06:12:12 PM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

The intersection at Roosevelt Avenue and VFW Boulevard is an area prone to flooding whenever there is a heavy rain event.

Motorists have had to avoid the area at such times, but thanks to an $8.5 million flood control project, that will no longer be the case.

"There's a tremendous amount of flooding in the area. It's more focused in the VFW/Roosevelt intersection. This project is going to make those conditions much safer when we have a rain event," said Susan Frasier, project director for Bexar County's Food Control Program.

A series of storm sewers will be buried under VFW over the course of the next 12 to 18 months.

"That's going to help us take the water and deliver it safely where it needs to go: the San Antonio River," Frasier said.

In addition to the flood control features, the project will also deliver some aesthetic and recreational items that will tie it in to the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River Walk.

"Curbs, sidewalks and bicycle lanes. What that's going to provide is bicycle lane connectivity from Roosevelt all the way down to the San Antonio River." Frasier said.

Residents are going to have to endure some inconveniences during the construction process.

VFW will have to be narrowed down to one lane for approximately the next 12 months, but by the end of 2014, navigating the area during heavy rain events will be much easier - and much more safely.

A public hearing will be held at the VFW hall on VFW Boulevard on Tuesday, May 14th at 6:30 p.m.

City and county officials will be on hand to inform residents about the project, and to gather resident input as well.

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