New Northwest Side project small step towards closing sidewalk space in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – Help is coming soon for residents of a Northwest Side neighborhood who were looking for a safer way to get around.

The city is creating a new shared-use trail on Braun Road. It is a path for cyclists, walkers and joggers.

The new path will run from Bandera Road to Tezel Road. It also offers a safer connection to the nearby OP Schnabel park.

“I’ve lived here for about 20 years and it’s getting more and more dangerous every year. it’s getting more and more dangerous, ”said Alfredo Calderon, who often rides his bike in the area. “This sidewalk is going to save my life, it’s going to keep us out of trouble.”

It’s a small step towards closing a big gap in parts of San Antonio when it comes to sidewalks. The new path will be on the border between Council Districts 7 and 8. While District 8 has an 83-mile sidewalk gap, District 7 has a 239-mile gap, according to the city of San Antonio. District 3 has the biggest gap at 288 miles.

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Council members discuss infrastructure needs as they develop the city’s budget for the next fiscal year.

“All over the district, people want sidewalks, they want to be able to move around safely,” said Ana Sandoval, councilor for District 7. “We need to put the funding in. This means that we are going to have to give up something else or when the bail time comes we will have to prioritize that. But this will not happen without a concerted effort on our part.

The budget for the Braun Road project will be approximately $ 1.5 million. It is expected to be completed in March 2022, according to San Antonio Public Works. The consultant for this project is Garcia and Wright, and the contractor is Davila Construction.

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