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City parks Broadway plan as TxDOT holds firm on keeping existing lanes

San Antonio – The City of San Antonio’s plan to redevelop Broadway as a “complete street” with bike lanes, expansive sidewalks and landscaping has come to a halt.

But whether or not it’s a useless finish or only a purple gentle stays to be seen.

After a meeting Thursday with the heads of the Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas Transportation Commission, Mayor Ron Nirenberg mentioned in an emailed assertion, “We learned today that TxDOT’s priority is not improving traffic flow and mitigating congestion, it’s all about six lanes of asphalt, regardless of capacity.”

“TxDOT tells us they will work on a plan that keeps the six-lane roadway and addresses pedestrian safety and multimodal mobility. We’ll review it when we receive it.”

The City of San Antonio’s plans for the Broadway hall north of I-35 embody decreasing the variety of visitors lanes from six right down to 4. (City of San Antonio)

In the meantime, town says the Broadway plan is “on hold,” as are the native {dollars} for it – roughly $65 million.

The deliberate lane discount of Broadway Avenue from six lanes right down to 4 was behind the Transportation Commission’s January choice to reverse course on a plan at hand off a 2.2-mile, state-owned stretch of Broadway to town.

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The transfer successfully stopped the years-long plans to redevelop that portion of the hall between I-35 and Burr Road – roughly from the Pearl to the University of the Incarnate Word.

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However, metropolis officers advised media earlier this week they have been hopeful {that a} tweaked plan they’d developed utilizing the state’s visitors assumptions would fulfill considerations about capability and congestion. The amended plan could be largely the identical, together with the discount of visitors lanes, however embody adjustments to make visitors move extra effectively.

The metropolis has argued that its plan for a “complete street” was what voters accepted as a part of the 2017 bond program.

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TxDOT nonetheless controls the portion of Broadway Avenue included within the Upper Segments of the Broadway plan. The Lower Segment is owned by town and is below development.

The total Broadway hall redesign, from Houston Street to Burr Road, is estimated to price $144.8 million between a wide range of funding streams, with $31.6 million already spent and dedicated.

Of that, the 2 higher segments of the project on the state-owned stretch have an $83.7 million finances with $4.6 million spent and dedicated thus far.

The decrease parts of Broadway are already owned by town and development is underway. They stay unaffected by town and state’s battle over the higher segments.

KSAT emailed TxDOT for remark however didn’t hear again earlier than publication.

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