San Antonio

New East Side highway, sidewalks, curbs torn up after miscommunication between Public Works, SAWS

SAN ANTONIO – The Public Works Department and San Antonio Water System have given conflicting timelines on why a $972,000 highway restore project in an East San Antonio neighborhood was interrupted earlier this year to make method for the set up of a brand new water predominant.

Crews engaged on behalf of public works had accomplished a “significant portion” of the project on Castle View Drive within the East Village neighborhood — which included changing curbs and sidewalks and repaving the highway — when town company was knowledgeable by SAWS in March that it wanted to make water infrastructure upgrades within the space, PWD Chief Communications Officer Paul Berry advised KSAT.

“We get together beforehand, before any construction, with SAWS and CPS (Energy) and other utility folks to make sure that before we start to do any work if they need to do any utility upgrades on the street — that they have that opportunity to do so. In this case, both CPS and SAWS said that they did not need to do it, and then we went ahead and did our work,” Berry mentioned.

Public Works Department Chief Communications Officer Paul Berry. (KSAT)

“If I lived on this street I’d be frustrated,” mentioned Berry, as crews engaged on behalf of SAWS put in giant water strains in a trench minimize by means of the center of the road behind him.

Berry mentioned the standard course of is to have SAWS and CPS Energy full any utility upgrades within the space earlier than making method for crews to finish highway repairs.

During an interview this month, a SAWS spokeswoman confirmed that the utility initially opted out of creating infrastructure upgrades underneath Castle View, however she contradicted Berry’s timeline of after they knowledgeable town that they’d really have to do the alternative work.

SAWS Communications Manager Anne Hayden mentioned the utility apprised town of the change in 2021.

“While we had initially declined to participate, we saw that it really would be best for the area if we did add that into it,” Hayden mentioned.

Hayden mentioned the choice to maneuver ahead with upgrades got here after an exterior guide put Castle View on the high of the record for infrastructure alternative after analyzing what amenities within the space its water strains serve.

SAWS Communications Manager Anne Hayden. (KSAT)

“I think if you look at this situation, it’s an anomaly that this is something that isn’t typical of what we need to do,” Hayden mentioned.

The practically $4.5 million water predominant alternative project was authorised by the SAWS board of trustees in early October after a bidding course of, utility data present.

Both Berry and Hayden mentioned SAWS will probably be accountable for repairing the broken curbs and sidewalks, a few of which have been so new that they nonetheless had the wooden types in place.

A torn up curb and part of sidewalk on Castle View Drive. (KSAT)

“It’s going to be an amount of money that we shouldn’t have had to take care of, but because of the circumstances, SAWS has agreed that they are going to take care of the sidewalks and the curbs,” mentioned Berry when requested to present a financial worth for the work that needed to be subsequently torn up.

“It’s not going to be the same.”

Stuck in the midst of this building blunder are the residents who reside on Castle View.

Rick Knoch, who has lived in his East Village house for 27 years, took images documenting the preliminary highway repairs after which the tear-down.

“You come right back in about two months after it’s done and tear it right back up again. And it’s not going to be the same,” Knoch mentioned.

East Village neighborhood resident Rick Knoch. (KSAT)

Knoch mentioned the part of highway in entrance of his house seemed to be a last layer of pavement away from being accomplished previous to the SAWS project starting.

He mentioned he was at first grateful that town was resurfacing the road and changing sidewalks that had turn out to be so warped that youngsters weren’t capable of trip their bicycles on them.

“I’m not going to say we didn’t appreciate it, because we did. I don’t want to complain, but someone’s got to,” Knoch mentioned.

Berry confirmed that the part of Castle View that runs into Heather Pass has been totally resurfaced and isn’t a part of SAWS’ water predominant alternative project.

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