photo courtesy of Lodian
You may have read my previous post about "Using Twitter To Your Advantage When Writing Blogs" - this is the story mentioned in that post. The photo above is (obviously) not of Mainland Road in San Antonio or what it will look like, but I haven't been able to grab a few shots since I first saw the construction, so please just close your eyes and imagine that it looks just like it.
The other day as I was driving home through Village In The Woods, I noticed some large construction vehicles, a camera man, and what I thought was District 7 Councilman Justin Rodriguez on the corner of Mainland Road and Olde Village. It looked like Councilman Rodriguez (I later confirmed it was him) was making a speech about something and there were workers busy tearing up the side of the road along Mainland. I was obviously very curious about it, so I went home to do some research. I found nothing. So, I turned to my trusted news source, KSAT 12, and the folks on Twitter @ksatnews. What I wound up with was the full press release, telling me everything I needed to know.
I don't live in Village In The Woods, I live right near it in the Quail Creek subdivision, but I often access Guilbeau Road via Olde Village. In the course of driving there, I come out near Mainland Market, drive up Mainland Road and turn into Village In The Woods. The drive on Mainland is never that great in terms of the view. The street needs re-paved and the grass is usually unkempt behind the fences of the communities (the grass on the roadside). It makes a area look a little rough and I've always thought it needed something done about it. It just doesn't send a welcoming message to visitors to our part of town.
Enter Councilman Rodriguez and The Department Of Public Works.
Working together, Councilman Rodriguez and The Department Of Public Works have developed a Safety and Beautification project for the area along Mainland Road. In order to make this section of road safer, improve traffic flow, and beautify the area; they will be doing several projects at once. Re-paving of the Mainland Road between Bandera Road and Tezel road will take place with a micro-surface material to reduce wheel splatter (its notorious for being dangerous to walk down in the rain) and increase friction. New lane stripes will be placed to make it one lane in both directions with a center turn lane to improve traffic flow through the area.
Beautification has already begun (that's what the construction vehicles were doing there when I drove by). Along the sidewalks between Olde Village and Highland Park (the entrance to The Parklands subdivision), they have removed the old plants and dead grass and are replacing it with low maintenance native plants and a new tree line.
This is a first of its kind project here in San Antonio and kudos to Justin Rodriguez for bringing to our District. With San Antonio's plans to plant a million trees throughout the city over the next few years, I expect we'll see more of these types of projects and I hope they will be welcomed in every community as they happen. All of the trees being planted are paid for by the Tree Mitigation Fund. I encourage all members of District 7 to email Councilman Rodriguez and thank him for his support of projects like these in our community.
Special thanks to Bernice Kearney of KSAT News for her help in getting me the information!