Council Approves Plan to Connect Austin Hwy and Harry Wurzbach

By Bill O’Neil

The San Antonio City Council gives a green light to a major improvement project that will better connect two busy Northeast side roads.

“Right now, if you’re traveling north on Harry Wurzbach, you have to drive through the HEB parking lot to go north on Austin Highway” Councilman Mike Gallagher said, adding “If you’re going up Austin Highway and want to go to Fort Sam and get off on Harry Wurzbach, you have to drive through the Lowe’s parking lot.”

Councilman Ray Lopez said a better connection between the two roads will have a big impact on one specific group of people–military veterans.

“We learned that there was a tremendous amount of no shows or appointments being missed that created a tremendous amount of not only problems for the scheduling of hospital appointments, but for services not being able to be rendered to those veterans simply because they were stuck in traffic” Lopez said.

Work is scheduled to get underway in about a year–and the project is due to be completed by early 2020.

“There was a little angst mostly from the business owners, but I think we can work through all of those issues and we still have enough time to have those conversations” Councilman Alan Warrick said.

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