SAN ANTONIO – It won't be another River Walk, but it will definitely be a draw to the downtown area. Construction on the first phase of the $175 million San Pedro Creek project is now officially underway.
Rachel Delgado, a lifelong San Antonio resident, was at a meeting hosted by the San Antonio River Authority and Bexar County on Thursday to get an update on the creek project.
"It's just a great idea," Delgado said. "I love that it's starting off at this area and it goes up to the Alameda. These have all been vital parts of San Antonio."
Suzanne Scott, general manager of the San Antonio River Authority, said she wants to let people know what to expect during the course of the project.
"This is a great project, but it’s right smack in the middle of downtown," Scott said. "We have to continue to make sure that we can keep downtown operational."
For the first phase of the project, construction will start at the tunnel inlet at Fox Tech High School all the way down to Houston Street.
"We will see closures on Houston Street and then lane closures on Commerce Street, and those closures will change,” Scott said.
Phase one is expected to be complete by May 2018, just in time for the city's Tricentennial.
"We believe what we're doing on the San Pedro Creek is truly going to be a revitalization of the West Side of downtown," Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said.
While the creek will not be another River Walk, Scott said there will be economic development along the banks, as well as artwork, showcasing the creek's history.
But the primary purpose of the project, Scott said, is flood control.
"All the water that falls downtown, we want to make sure that it's contained within the creek," Scott said. "We are taking 38 acres out of the flood plain, that’s first and foremost of what we are trying to do, and then after we are able to accomplish that, then we are adding walkways and beautiful amenities along the creek."
Utility relocation starts Monday.
For specifics about street and lane closures, you can get construction alerts on the project's website here: www.spcproject.org.