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Portion of Ira Lee Road to close for construction project

Road will close to improve water crossing at Salado Creek

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SAN ANTONIO – A portion of Ira Lee Road on the city’s Northeast Side will be closed for a year to improve the low water crossing at Salado Creek.

The project involves the construction of a bridge and will improve the channel between Salado Creek and Harry Wurzbach near Gardner Middle School.

Once the project is complete, the channel will remove the oasis at Oakwell Apartments and Lakeside Villas Apartments out of the floodplain. It will also remove the middle school from the floodplain, which is along the south bank of the channel.

The $3.5 million project is funded through the Bexar County Control Program.

During the closure of Ira Lee, northbound traffic will be directed to Laurens Lane to Oakwell Farms Parkway. Southbound traffic will be directed to the eastbound access road of Loop 410 to Starcrest.

County officials broke ground for the project Thursday.

"A lot of folks know that Bexar County does big flood control projects, like the mission reach, the museum reach, and San Pedro Creek, but we also spend just as much money in our neighborhoods,” said Tommy Calvert, Bexar County Precinct 4 commissioner.

The road is expected to reopen in October 2017.