SAN ANTONIO (July 14, 2014) – A new sidewalk project breaks ground today in Southwest San Antonio that has some middle school students excited. In late 2013, McAuliffe Middle School principal and students petitioned Councilman Rey Saldaña for new sidewalks to provide students a safe route to school.
After working with City of San Antonio staff to identify a funding source, Councilman Saldaña is happy to announce that a new 6-ft wide sidewalk will be constructed along the east side of the frontage road of Interstate 410 from McAuliffe Middle School to Old Pearsall Road. And, the best part of this announcement is that the project will be completed before the start of the upcoming new school year.
"I am so proud of these middle school students who worked on a letter campaign to petition for the new sidewalk," said Councilman Saldaña. "Interstate 410 is a busy area and constructing a sidewalk at this location is definitely going to improve their walking commute to and from school. This is a great example that anyone can make a difference in their community, no matter their age."
Although many of the students use bus service to get to school, some at times may have to walk. Walking to school has posed a potential danger for students as they have to walk along the frontage road of Interstate 410 where no sidewalks currently exist.
An official ribbon cutting ceremony will be scheduled at a date to be determined with students from McAuliffe Middle School, Southwest ISD Officials and Councilman Saldaña to mark the completion of this collaborative project.