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SAN ANTONIO (August 22, 2018) — Yesterday the City of San Antonio’s Planning Department announced a proposed plan to begin a Corridor study along Bandera Road, between Loop 410 and Loop 1604, as part of its briefing to City Council on the Proposed FY 2018-2019 Budget. If approved as part of the City’s budget, this effort would culminate in the first SA Tomorrow Corridor Plan.
Bandera Road is a major thoroughfare connecting City Council Districts 6, 7, and 8 and serves as a gateway between outlying suburban areas to San Antonio’s urban core. The section between Loops 410 and 1604 is the single most congested, non-freeway road in San Antonio, carrying over 60,000 vehicles daily.
The study will cover a 6 1/2 mile segment of Bandera Road, from Loop 410 to Loop 1604. The study will concentrate on Bandera road and those properties fronting and/or near to the corridor focusing on land use and urban design, multimodal mobility improvements for consideration in the design of Bandera Road, economic development, and a plan for project implementation. This study will leverage past traffic engineering work completed by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and complement the pending traffic engineering work TxDOT plans to conduct. The Corridor Planning will begin in early 2019 and will take 18 months to complete.
District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval stated, “Today Bandera Road is stagnant. As our city grows, we can expect more development and added traffic, yet today the roadway is over capacity. A comprehensive, community-informed approach to both traffic management and economic development will create the mobile, safe, and vibrant corridor our community deserves.”
“I know how critical Bandera’s future is to so many community members—it’s one of the issues I hear about most frequently from residents at neighborhood meetings,” said Councilwoman Sandoval. “As we work towards a dynamic Bandera Road, I’ll work with city staff to ensure that residents are engaged and involved in the process so that it captures the will of the community.”
“Thank you to Councilwoman Sandoval for taking the initiative on this effort,” said District 8 Councilman Manny Pelaez. “Traffic is the number one concern I hear from my constituents. This proposal is the first step in paving the way for traffic solutions that will greatly improve the overall quality of life for folks who live, work, and play along this corridor.”
“Bandera Road needs to be addressed sooner rather than later—for multiple districts and the thousands of people who drive it daily,” said District 6 Councilman Brockhouse. “District 6 residents use this road frequently and it has been a train wreck for as long as I’ve known.”
Councilwoman Sandoval continued: “No single entity can do this alone. That is why District 7 is working collaboratively with my council colleagues, TxDOT, the City of Leon Valley, and the offices of State Senator José Menéndez and State Representative Justin Rodriguez.”
This corridor study will help make a future project on Bandera Road more competitive for state funding through TxDOT and federal funding through the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (AAMPO).