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Groundbreaking ceremony held for $22 million West Side project

SAN ANTONIO – The official groundbreaking for a $22 million project on the city's West Side is was held Wednesday morning.

The project will widen Ray Ellison roads from two lanes to four lanes, and will include buffered bike lanes and sidewalks.

Another bonus the project will create are features to help alleviate flooding in the area.

"Several years ago there was terrible flooding in the neighborhoods around us. West Campus, which is a school within South San, was a school that had to close because the flooding was so bad," said Rey Saldaña, councilman for District 4. "We have two schools along Ray Ellison Drive, a fire station and a few other community amenities. All are (going to) see a huge upgrade that, for a long time, has been lacking right here on Ray Ellison."

The project is part of the voter approved 2012 - 2017 bond program and construction is expected to be completed by mid-2017.