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Published on Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The San Antonio River level for one mile from W. Nueva St. to S. Alamo St. has been temporarily lowered by 3.5 feet. This has been done to accommodate San Antonio Water System (SAWS) water and sewer infrastructure upgrades currently being installed near the Blue Star art complex on S. Alamo St. The infrastructure being upgraded in the area, including sewer lines constructed of brick, dates back to 1925. The temporary lowering of the river is scheduled to continue for 30 days.
Dropping the river level temporarily is a precautionary measure to relieve pressure on underground bridge pier and flood gate supports surrounding SAWS contractor’s replacement work on pipes running 50 feet below the river. Pipe replacement under the river should be completed within 30 days allowing the river level to return to normal.
SAWS and the City of San Antonio are coordinating with the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) to implement a marine and wildlife management plan that has been established by SARA. This will ensure minimal impact to the marine and wildlife species during this temporary water level reduction within the San Antonio River.
The utility work being performed by SAWS is in coordination with the City of San Antonio’s S. Alamo Street and Drainage Improvements project on S. Alamo St. from Probandt St. to Pereida St. City infrastructure upgrades will alleviate drainage issues, improve roadway conditions, and enhance pedestrian access to the area. Utility improvements for this project are being completed by SAWS, AT&T and CPS Energy. The overall $6.1 million project is scheduled for completion in August 2014.
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