Residents get first look at proposed changes along Wurzbach Parkway

SAN ANTONIO – Residents had a chance to get a first look at major changes coming to a busy stretch of Wurzbach Parkway.

The changes are meant to alleviate traffic from Lockhill-Selma Road to Northwest Military Highway.

Interactive screens and maps gave people a chance to get information firsthand.

“I just wanted to come and kind of see what exactly was the plan. It’s kind of hard to fathom how they’re going to dig this out, with these underground lanes,” resident Jason Giles said.

The improvements will be seen on a 1-mile stretch of Wurzbach Parkway, starting at Lockhill-Selma Road and ending at Northwest Military Highway. They will include an underpass bridge at Northwest Military, bike lanes and traffic signals for ramp intersections.

"When you look at projected number of vehicles to drive, the congestion, it's only going to increase. If we don't do something now, it's only going to make matter worse later,” said Laura Lopez, a Texas Department of Transportation spokeswoman.

Ken Gindy, president of the Inverness subdivision, is not on board with the proposed changed. He said the neighborhood was not notified about them and the plan would make it tougher on the people who live there.

“The heavy loads of traffic have made it almost impossible for us to come in and out of the subdivision,” Gindy said.

Traffic along Wurzbach Road and Interstate 10 has increased since the completion of the parkway east of Northwest Military Highway. And while more construction isn’t something to look forward to, some people know it’s necessary.

If approved, construction would start in 2019 and last two and a half years. The project will cost an estimated $30 million. Anyone with questions is asked to call TxDOT at 210-615-1110, or visit TxDOT.gov.