SAN ANTONIO – The completion of two construction projects on UTSA Boulevard will give some much-needed relief for motorists.
UTSA Boulevard from Interstate 10 to Babcock Road now has two lanes of traffic in both directions, including a median or center lane, turn lanes, bike lanes, sidewalks and other pedestrian pathways, officials said.
Additional improvements include upgrades to traffic signals, signs and drainage.
"In the past couple of years, we have transformed the area by providing more capacity for drivers and included multimodal enhancements that ensure the commute improves not just for drivers, but those who choose to walk and bike as well," Mayor Ron Nirenberg said.
The Texas Department of Transportation was responsible for construction of the project between I-10 and Ximenes Avenue, while the city of San Antonio was responsible for the roadway between Ximenes Avenue and Babcock Road.
"The UTSA Boulevard is a key roadway for various daily commuters, especially for those attending the University of Texas at San Antonio," District 8 City Councilman Manny Pelaez, said. "My hope is to keep delivering projects like this one and continue to alleviate traffic to improve quality of life for District 8 residents."
The city pitched in $7.3 million for the project. Funding was provided from the city's 2007 Bond Savings and from the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.