SAN ANTONIO - Ground was broken Tuesday for a new drainage ditch aimed at reducing flooding in District 1 and the lower level of Interstate 35 by McCullough Avenue.
"This drainage system which we are going to have underground with pipes and inlets is going to capture most of that runoff from the drainage and take underground and take to the San Antonio River," said Razi Hosseini, assistant director of transportation and capital improvements. "Therefore, it is going to reduce the number of time that (Interstate) 35 floods and also the duration of the closure."
Other improvements of the $12.5 million project from the city's 2012 Bond Program include a filtration system, new sidewalks, street widening, new traffic signals and retaining walls.
The project is managed by Transportation and Capital Improvements for the city of San Antonio.
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