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SAN ANTONIO (December 6, 2017)- Construction of four Vision Zero roadway safety projects is slated to begin this month, one of which has already begun on Wurzbach Road. The need for roadway safety improvements were identified through pedestrian crash analyses. The projects are anticipated to be complete by February 2018.
Vision Zero, a City-wide initiative, is managed by the City’s Transportation & Capital Improvements (TCI) department. The roadway safety projects are located near the following locations:
- 9000 block of Wurzbach Road (Construction began December 4, 2017)
- 21000 block of Culebra Road
- 4900 block of W. Commerce Street
- 300 block of N. Austin Street
“Vision Zero San Antonio is mindful of the fact that many of our residents do not have the option to travel by car,” stated District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales. “These projects are an example of how we are working on designing streets that give pedestrians and other forms of transportation safe and equal access to our roadways."
The projects on Wurzbach, W. Commerce, and N. Austin will provide new pedestrian crossings with raised concrete pedestrian refuge islands, pavement markings and signs, as well as sidewalk improvements. On Culebra, the project will include improvements to the existing pedestrian crossing and sidewalk, as well as installation of a raised center median.
Portions of Wurzbach, Culebra, and W. Commerce that will be improved have been identified as Severe Pedestrian Injury Areas (SPIA) in a recently released Vision Zero San Antonio report. The first project to break ground, on Wurzbach Road near Fernglen, is where 8-year old Jesus Ortega was killed while crossing the street on Christmas Day last year.
“From traffic-related crashes, we have lost 134 friends and family members this year through the month of November,” stated TCI Assistant Director Art Reinhardt. “Vision Zero San Antonio continues to be dedicated to eliminating all roadway fatalities. Providing more opportunities for people to cross the road safely is a key component of Vision Zero, and is helping to enhance safety for our community.”
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