Southwest Side Improvements Unveiled

By Pilar Arias

A major thoroughfare on the city’s southwest side is not only open to traffic but also bicyclists and pedestrians.

Ray Ellison Boulevard between Loop 410 and Old Pearsall Road is fully functional after $22 million in improvements.

Upgrades included additional lanes for traffic, bike lanes, sidewalks and an improved drainage system.

Councilman Rey Saldana attended the ribbon cutting Tuesday morning.

“It is an incredible transformation of a road way that started with just one lane in each direction in an area we thought was ripe for a lot of growth,” Saldana said.

The San Antonio River Authority was part of the project to implement low impact development features to treat storm water and prevent flooding.

“The project really is forward thinking,” SARA’s assistant general manager Steve Graham said. “There really aren’t too many streets like this in all of San Antonio but we hope it’s the future for San Antonio.”

The project was funded by the 2012-2017 bond program.

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