01/23/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/24/2017 11:39
Contact: Maria Luisa Cesar
SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 23, 2017) ̶ After years of sustained effort to secure funding for congestion relief along Wurzbach corridor, Councilman Ron Nirenberg on Monday celebrated a vote by the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization's (AAMPO) Transportation Policy Board that will allocate $33 million towards long-term solutions.
'Northwest San Antonio is one of the fastest-growing areas in our state and we have been working diligently to address traffic issues there' Councilman Nirenberg said. 'This money will help relieve congestion - a regional priority since the Wurzbach corridor is a main route into the South Texas Medical Center.'
Nirenberg, who serves on the AAMPO Transportation Policy Board, noted that economic impact studies show that the medical industry generates over $30 billion annually to San Antonio, while over 55,000 people are employed in the South Texas Medical Center. Within 25 years, SA Tomorrow analysis shows that there is potential of 50,000 more jobs to be created the. The recent expansion of Wurzbach Parkway by TxDOT, although a major infrastructure feat, has also diverted thousands of vehicles onto Wurzbach Road, with dramatic increases in traffic congestion projected.
Since 2013, civil engineers and the Texas Department of Transportation have been analyzing major intersections to test the impact of potential roadway redesign and reconstruction. Along with a public feedback process, the TxDoT study identified the most effective and popular designs for the intersections at Northwest Military Highway, Lockhill-Selma, IH-10 and Fredricksburg Road. With today's vote on priorities for TxDOT formula funding, planning will begin for construction of the most effective designs to tackle the Wurzbach congestion. In addition, last Thursday, the City Council recommended $2 million in additional Wurzbach Road spending through the 2017 Bond program.