San Antonio’s Broadway to begin $16M improvements this fall – mySA

Plans called for this area of the Broadway Corridor to be redeveloped with a median, protected bike lanes, wider sidewalks and two fewer traffic lanes.

Plans called for this area of the Broadway Corridor to be redeveloped with a median, protected bike lanes, wider sidewalks and two fewer traffic lanes.

William Luther, Staff

Texas says a planned improvement project on Broadway from downtown San Antonio and into Alamo Heights is ready to move forward. TxDOT says that the first segment of road improvements to Broadway meant to “increase mobility and safety” will kick off sometime this fall, according to news release on Monday, January 23. 

TxDOT hopes to go out for construction bids this fall on the project that the state highway and roads agency says will bring $16 million in focus on safety, maintenance, and operational enhancements to Broadway, also known as SL 368. The project will also add ADA accessibility to intersections, and improve sidewalks and curbs, TxDOT says in the news release. 

The next segment will push into Alamo Heights from Burr Road to Austin Highway.

“We are working on a plan to address the immediate safety and maintenance needs of the Broadway corridor with an improvement project to rehabilitate the roadway and deliver operational improvements that will benefit all of the traveling public,” said TxDOT San Antonio District Engineer Gina Gallegos in the news release.

Razi Hosseini, left, Roderick J. Sanchez, middle, and city manager Erik Walsh discuss the redevelopment plan for the Broadway corridor on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022.

Razi Hosseini, left, Roderick J. Sanchez, middle, and city manager Erik Walsh discuss the redevelopment plan for the Broadway corridor on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022.

Billy Calzada, Staff photographer / San Antonio Express-News

The first segment covers Broadway from I-35 to Burr Road, which includes a segment that was caught in a dispute between the City of San Antonio and TxDOT. The Texas Transportation Commission first disputed who owns 2.2 miles of Broadway in January 2022 while taking issue with San Antonio’s planned bond-funded $42 million improvements to Broadway that would reduce lanes from six to four for bike lanes and improved sidewalks. 

TxDOT rejected San Antonio’s altered plans, which still included a reduction in lanes, in August 2022. TxDOT said at the time they were still open to talks and finding a compromise. Neither TxDOT or San Antonio have said whether they have found a compromise. 

TxDOT says in the news release that it will work with San Antonio and Alamo Heights to identify funding sources for additional enhancements. 

“We haven’t seen TxDOT’s plans — and to our knowledge, neither has the public — so we are not in a position to provide comment or discuss any local funding contributions.” said San Antonio City Manager Erik Walsh in a statement to MySA. 

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