San Antonio alters Broadway plan, seeks TxDOT compromise – mySA

The issue was lane reduction. The plan still reduces number of lanes.

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Plans called for the reduction of lanes for more sidewalk and bike lanes on this area of the Broadway Corridor. San Antonio has altered those plans to try and appease TxDOT.

Plans called for the reduction of lanes for more sidewalk and bike lanes on this area of the Broadway Corridor. San Antonio has altered those plans to try and appease TxDOT.

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TxDOT’s claim that it still owns a portion of the Broadway Corridor has stalled the city’s plans to redevelop the area, but San Antonio has reportedly altered those plans in hopes to appease the state move forward. The problem was TxDOT didn’t want the lanes reduced and the Alamo City still wants to reduce lanes, the Express-News reports.

This time around San Antonio city officials are instead relying on the state’s own traffic assumptions, that Broadway traffic will grow 3% every year for the next 20 years. 

TxDOT rejected San Antonio’s plans for Broadway in January and reasserted its ownership over 2.2 miles of Broadway, rescinding a transfer agreement from 2014. State officials felt the reduction in lanes and the city’s traffic data didn’t properly address future congestion. 

City Manager Erik Walsh told the Express-News that the new plans take the state’s data and addresses congestion concerns by eliminating more left turns and synchronizing traffic signals. But the $42 million project will still reduce lanes from six to four for wider sidewalks and bike lanes.

TxDOT hadn’t approved the plans as of Tuesday, August 2, and Texas Transportation Commission chair Bruce Bugg told Express-News in a statement that the reduction in lanes still doesn’t fit the state’s plans to reduce congestion. 

“TxDOT has received the city’s proposal, and while we do not agree with the findings to reduce the lanes from six lanes to four lanes, we believe this creates an opportunity for continued conversations,” Bugg told Express-News.

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