Bulverde Road expansion 9 months behind schedule

Delays frustrate area residents; Contractors blame utility issues for slowdown


SAN ANTONIO – Expansion of a three-mile stretch of Bulverde Road between Evans Road and Highway 1604 was scheduled for completion in April.

But a series of setbacks has forced contractors to set the end of December as the new completion date.

San Antonio District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules said contractors are telling the city that they've run into some construction and utility issues.

"They had to deal with engineering problems with SAWS, which put them six months behind," Soules said.

He said the delays are proving frustrating to area residents -- and costly to contractors.

"They're into the damage phase, when each day that they go over, they're paying some damages," he said.

Like Soules, the people who live in neighborhoods adjacent to the project are growing increasingly frustrated with the delays.

"In and out is terrible," said Carol Sprang. "Unless somebody is kind enough to stop and pass you through, it's almost impossible."

Soules said that contractors have accelerated their work schedule.

"They're supposed to be double-timing until we get done," he said.

Though the councilman and many residents are frustrated by the delays, not everyone is complaining.

"Someday, it's going to be finished and we're going to love every lane of it," said Carolyn Watson. "It's going to be wonderful."

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