CONTACT: Kellie Alcozer, 210.207.7008
SAN ANTONIO (March 21, 2019) — On Thursday, March 20th, Councilwoman Rebecca J. Viagran, Transportation & Capital Improvements (TCI), and Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) addressed the Roosevelt Avenue Pedestrian Crossing with Villa Coronado residents. They have been working jointly for over one year with residents in and around Villa Coronado to improve the safety of Roosevelt Ave for pedestrians.
“Roosevelt Ave is a TxDOT owned facility and TxDOT is required to approve any improvements on the roadway and we have been coordinating with them on a plan of action,” said TCI Interim Deputy Director, Art Reinhardt. “Council District 3 has been very active in working to ensure TCI and TxDOT are focused on these concerns.”
This project is a result of residents in and around Villa Coronado requesting a safe pedestrian crossing after multiple deaths have occurred while attempting to cross Roosevelt Ave. TCI and District 3 will meet again next month with the community once a design consultant is under contract.
“Villa Coronado and neighboring residents deserve safer pedestrian crossings in this area,” said Councilwoman Viagran. “Our partnership with TxDOT and these improvements will benefit the community and surrounding area as we work together and include input from our residents.”
Below is the most recent information on this project provided by TCI. District 3 will continue to provide updates on upcoming meetings and the progression of this project as they occur.
- TCI will install roadside signs to inform motorists of pedestrians in the area. Work will be complete by end of April. A flashing beacon will be added to the signs.
- TxDOT will install new pavement markings along the roadway to improve visibility. Work will be complete by end of May.
- TxDOT has a planned illumination (street light) project along corridor. The project bids this summer and construction is anticipated to begin in the fall and be completed by spring 2020.
- TxDOT will install overhead mast arm flashers to inform motorists of pedestrians in the area. This brings more visibility to the previously mentioned roadside signs.
- TxDOT will issue the work order by May and work will begin this fall upon delivery of poles and should be completed by end of 2019.
- TCI and TxDOT will design and construct a median and sidewalk improvement project along the corridor. There will need to be lengthy public involvement during the design process since a median will impact access to the adjacent properties.