The World Heritage Office and Transportation & Capital Improvements Department completed an infrastructure assessment throughout the World Heritage Buffer Zone and identified an overall need of $46.5 million. This assessment includes $14.8 million for street improvements for 70 miles of roadway, $23.5 million for 50 miles of sidewalk gaps, and $8.2 million to bury utility lines.
In 2017, the City allocated $2.8 million or 11 percent of the overall infrastructure needed for streets, sidewalks, and transportation projects within the buffer zone. Approximately $730,000 was invested to ensure pedestrian connectivity and $132,000 for two transportation projects connecting the San Antonio River to Mission San José and eventually to Mission Marquee. Additionally, $2.4 million in road surface improvements along the primary driving route, also known as the World Heritage Trail was completed in 201
The 2017-2022 Bond Program allocated a total of $37 million World Heritage-related projects. Approximately $25 million is committed for improving key corridor streets in the area, such as Roosevelt Avenue, S. Presa Street, Mission Road, and Southcross Boulevard. Further, approximately $5 million is dedicated for a comprehensive World Heritage Trail signage and wayfinding package to orient residents and visitors, as well as $2.5 million for general park rehabilitation improvements and land acquisition. Lastly, an investment of $5 million is allocated for a new facility that could serve as an orientation center, exhibit, and community space in the World Heritage area.
Of the $25 million for improving key corridor streets, there is a combined $13 million investment for Roosevelt Avenue in the 2017-2022 Bond Program. The City will also receive $5.6 million in federal funding for a total project amount of $18.6 million. Since early 2019, the City has engaged an open, public input process with the residents to create an overall vision and master plan for Roosevelt Avenue.
Roosevelt Avenue Project Overview
San Jose Drive Street Project
The City of San Antonio will permanently close a portion of San Jose Drive on January 10, 2020. Construction of a hammerhead turnaround is scheduled to begin on January 13 and will be completed January 27. The turnaround will be located on San Jose Drive, northwest of the Mission San Jose Church parish office/priest house (near Mission San Jose and the Missions Visitor Center).