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November 20-November 26, 2011 Parkway Progress An informal publication of the Texas Department of Transportation updating interested parties about San Antonio’s Wurzbach Parkway project. Bridge work progresses between Work suspended Blanco and West Avenue on Thanksgiving Work on the bridge structures along the Christmas holiday, weather permit- As directed by state requirements, the future Wurzbach Parkway between ting. work on all construction projects asso- Blanco and West Avenue continues to During this time of the year most of ciated with Wurzbach Parkway will be progress quick- the concrete stopped on Thursday, November 24, in ly, as evidenced pours can be observance of Thanksgiving. by the week- done during the No scheduled work will be per- end’s hanging of day. Exceptions formed by TxDOT or the contractor on support beams include any area the segments spanning from Blanco to across Blanco that would heavily Road. impact daytime West Avenue and from Jones- Approach traffic. Other slabs Maltsberger to Wetmore between slabs are slated slated to receive Thursday and Sunday this week. The to be poured at concrete are re- length of time taken off by crews on Salado Creek, mote, away from the segment between West Avenue and Walker Ranch The wall along the approach to the bridge over Salado most residences. Jones-Maltsberger will be decided mid Creek and Blanco Road takes shape. Concrete for the and the San approach should be poured before Christmas. Bridge work along -week. If the contractor decides to only Antonio River other segments is take Thursday off, work will likely Authority dam in upcoming weeks. also progressing rapidly—the Starcrest occur on the middle stretch both Fri- Most imminent is the work at Salado overpass columns are nearly complete day and Saturday. Creek, which when finished would and beams are planned for that area open the west-bound frontage road soon, and columns for the Jones- Crews are scheduled to work a pair connecting Vista Del Norte to Blanco Maltsberger are in place. Workers are of Saturdays—November 19 and De- Road. Work on the approach slab drilling shafts for columns to support cember 3—to ensure the projects stay there is planned to be complete before the U.S. 281 overpass now. on schedule. New project Web page up and running A new project Web page detailing the progress and particulars of the Wurzbach Parkway extension project has been built and is running on the Texas Department of Transportation official Web site. You may find the page by going to www.txdot.gov and typing the keyword “Wurzbach” in the search bar at the top right corner. On that page you can find the most recent edition of this newsletter along with an archive (dating back to No- vember 18) of past newsletters. You can find the color schematics of the project, lane closure announcements and graphic descriptions of approved detour routes for major road closures. Work east of U.S. 281 is moving quickly as crews prepare We are working on adding a subscription feature to the page, notifying users of to set support columns for the overpass that will one day updates as they are made. Other information may be posted on the page as re- bridge Wurzbach Parkway over the existing highway. quested in the future. This newsletter is developed as a courtesy and is written, laid out, edited and distributed by Josh Donat, a TxDOT spokesman. This newsletter may be distributed freely by any organiza- tion. Any comments, questions or suggestions should be accordingly sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. November 20-November 26, 2011 Parkway Progress CONVERSATION The calm before the storm I suppose it is a blessing to a public information of- to feel the effects of the Wurzbach Parkway project— ficer, but for the sake of building a newsletter it’s a particularly along the south-bound frontage road. As problem: work on all sections of the project is going we begin work in earnest along the U.S. 281 corridor, smoothly and without any major upcoming issues. regular lane closure announcements will be made In fact, between now and the new year there won’t along with appropriate illustrations of approved detour be a lot of work done with a major impact on those routes. That said, most of the work along U.S. 281 will who encounter the project on a day-to-day basis. not require much in the way of detours—with the ex- Most of the work is well within the confines of the pro- ception of a temporary closed on– or off-ramp from ject limits—things like drilling for support columns time to time—but will mostly mean decreased lane east of U.S. 281, setting beams at Mud Creek, pour- availability. I’m not going to lie: this phase may not be ing bridge approach slabs at the San Antonio River so fun. Remember we’re all in this together and keep Authority dam and the Walker Ranch bridges. in mind I’m here to help if you have any suggestions Some minor items will be noticed over the next few along the way. weeks, for sure—work on the sound wall supports Toward the end of the first quarter we hope to have adjacent to the Oaks at Vista Del Norte, for instance, the new, permanent Starcrest configuration in place. or the construction of the Salado Creek bridge for the Well, that’s half true—we still need to re-build the west-bound frontage road approaching Blanco lanes currently being used within the limits of the pro- Road—but these items should not have a major effect ject, which will mean the two-way traffic is switched on traffic or the residences. from the west-bound side of the road to the east- When the new year comes, however, work will bound side for a brief time, but the road will bend begin to move rather quickly along some very visible south into Wurzbach Parkway, then traffic will be corridors. guided onto the future parkway using the proposed Work to be done during the first quarter of the year access road, currently under construction. includes the re-build of West Avenue, which will re- These changes—and others—due to come up dur- quire the road to be completely closed for a period of ing the first part of 2012 will require a lot of synergy six months. The re-build will widen the portion of the as we work together to make life as simple as possi- road nearest the future intersection of the parkway as ble. The good news is we have a new tool—the pro- it is made ready for the connecting ramps and neces- ject Web page—to assist in this effort. sary turn lanes. The bridge over Panther Creek will My pledge to you moving forward is to continue also be rebuilt. This closure is anticipated to begin with this weekly newsletter and to keep the Web page toward the end of February or by mid-March. updated as often as updates arise. If there is infor- Other changes to come early 2012 include the mation not on the Web page you’d like to see posted, erection of the sound walls adjacent to The Oaks at let me know and I’ll see if it’s something that can be Vista Del Norte and the reconfiguration of Vista Del done. Norte. The reconfiguration will come with the opening And, as always, if you have any kind of questions of the west-bound frontage road bridge over Salado on any aspect of the project, send them my way and Creek. I’ll do my best to find an answer! Those who frequent the U.S. 281 corridor will begin Oh, and have a very happy Thanksgiving! This newsletter is developed as a courtesy and is written, laid out, edited and distributed by Josh Donat, a TxDOT spokesman. This newsletter may be distributed freely by any organiza- tion. Any comments, questions or suggestions should be accordingly sent to email@example.com. November 20-November 26, 2011 Parkway Progress ROAD CLOSURE REPORT Lane closures associated with the Wurzbach Parkway project: Ongoing Starcrest Rd from Budding Blvd to Wetmore Ave Non-stop closure, through April The east-bound lanes of Starcrest are closed for work relative to the Wurzbach Parkway project. All traffic has been diverted to the west-bound lanes, limiting Starcrest to a single lane in each direction. No left turns are permitted along this road. Starcrest Road will continue to be limited to a single lane in each direction until April Starcrest pedestrian crossing at McAllister Park while crews work to tie the future Wurzbach Parkway into the area Starcrest blends with the existing parkway. As a reminder, for safety reasons no left turns should be Non-stop closure, through April made along this roadway. The crosswalk at McAllister Park and Starcrest is closed until further notice, as it is now an active con- struction zone. Hikers, bikers and joggers should alter their routes accordingly. Blanco Rd north-bound lanes at Wurzbach Parkway 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily, through Dec. 31 The right lane of north-bound Blanco Road is closed within 600 feet (both directions) of Wurzbach Park- way while crews widen the roadway. This closure in- cludes shutting down the sidewalk and bicycle lane. No detour is necessary. Blanco Road will be shut down at the Wurzbach Parkway intersection November 18- Friday, Nov. 18-Monday, Nov. 21 21 while crews hang support beams for the future overpass bridge. Motorists should Blanco Rd at Wurzbach Parkway use West Avenue and Bitters to get around this closure. Non-stop closure from 10 p.m. Friday until 5:30 a.m. Monday The intersection of Blanco Road and Wurzbach Park- way will be closed completely for a full weekend while crews construct support structures for the Wurzbach Parkway overpass bridge. The approved detour route for both directions uses Bitters Road and West Ave- nue. Upcoming West Ave at Wurzbach Parkway Non-stop closure, early 2012 West Avenue, between Walker Ranch Park and Indian Hollow Apartments, will be closed for approximately six months beginning early 2012 while crews rebuild West Avenue. This will be a complete closure and no traffic will be allowed through the construction zone. Minor closures along this and other portions of Vista Del Norte will continue on a daily Detour routes are forthcoming. basis through upcoming weeks as various utility companies perform work. These closures are done by the utilities companies and not TxDOT or Ballenger. This newsletter is developed as a courtesy and is written, laid out, edited and distributed by Josh Donat, a TxDOT spokesman. This newsletter may be distributed freely by any organization. Any comments, questions or suggestions should be accordingly sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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