City Council approves widening for W. Villaret Blvd.
SAN ANTONIO (April 4, 2013) – Councilman Rey Saldaña is happy to announce the awarding of the contract that will provide for the reconstruction of West Villaret Boulevard. The project will transform the existing two (2) lanes into four (4) lanes with a turn lane, bike lanes, sidewalks and an improved drainage system. The area from State Highway 16 to Jennifer Street will see these improvements. Pronto Sandblasting & Coating & Oilfield Services Company, Inc. was awarded the $5,335,301 contract as part of the 2012-2017 Bond Program.
“It’s great to have partners willing to participate in these large-scale bond projects. Palo Alto is dedicated to this community and the donation of their right-of-way will not only save taxpayer dollars but also ease traffic flow during the construction process,” said Councilman Saldaña.
The West Villaret Project is possible due to the participation of Palo Alto College, which donated $327,000 worth of right-of-way along the project limits. Palo Alto also contracted with Bain Medina Bain to design the project before turning it over to the City of San Antonio.
“Villaret Boulevard serves as a gateway to the Palo Alto College campus, which has been on the Southside since 1987. We are thankful to the city and community leaders for this investment that ensures access and safety to our students” said Palo Alto College President, Dr. Mike Flores.
Other partners include the San Antonio Water System and CPS Energy, which will reimburse the City $729,931 for water/sewer construction and $232,230 for gas line construction, respectively.
Project construction is anticipated to begin April 2013 and estimated to be completed by May 2014. Residents in the area can learn more about the project by visiting the Capital Improvements Management Services Department at www.sanantonio.gov/cims or at www.facebook.com/SanAntonioCIMS.
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