(Previous post, on this subject, here, March 2009)
While there are traffic bottlenecks throughout San Antonio, relief is on the way for one of San Antonio's congested major north-south routes. Construction is well on the way for the Blanco Road improvement from north of Loop 1604 to just south of Midnight Drive.
Blanco Road, along with US Hwy 281, and Stone Oak Parkway,are the major corridors into and out of the growing north central San Antonio area. It was not until I became a Realtor that I really paid much attention to traffic improvements. I've lived in several of the largest cities in Texas, and have traveled in all of the major cities in the US. One thing they all have in common is traffic congestion.
I think the Blanco Road project is going to significantly relieve some of the congetion for Stone Oak Parkway. It will allow better access from the west to many of the Stone Oak subdivisions. It will also allow more Wilderness Oak traffic to come from the west. Finally, it will reduce the time to get to Timberwood Park, Clementson Ranch, and other homes further north off Blanco Road.
The Blanco Road project is scheduled for completion in June 2010. It looks like it will be completed on time. I've noticed several big road projects in San Antonio being completed on time, and amazingly on or under budget. Not sure about the budget on this one yet.
If I remember correctly, the IH-10 and Loop 410 interchange were done on time and under budget too. This was not as complicated as many other public works projects, like the Big Dig in Boston, but it is great to see that some projects can be managed and completed in a reasonable amount of time. I know good weather helps too.
The number of government agencies involved, in addition to utility companies, and subcontractors makes improvements of this sort very complicated and tough to pull. You have Texas Department of Transportation, some city/county traffic and road committees, water companies, municipal sewer, communication companies, and maybe others. They plan the job, remove existing infrastructure, replace and improve infrastructure, build bridges, roads, curbs and sidewalks. This will reduce the time to get from Blanco Road and Loop 1604 to Timberwood Park from 25-minutes to 10-minutes (unless the traffic engineers put in the extended times for light changes like they have at 281 and Bitters Road and several other intersections.)
As clients consider different areas to purchase homes, questions such as how long does it take to get from point A to point B come up frequently. Traffic congestion plays a role in home selections for some clients. While no one likes wasting time in traffic congestion, some clients have little tolerance for congestion and will select a home that has access to a better traffic situation over one with other positive features.
Call me if I can help you with a real estate solution, or just answer a question.