San Antonio city officials and community members gathered earlier in August to celebrate the completion of a road extension in one council district, and continuing park improvements in another. On Aug. 17, District 6 City Councilman Ray Lopez was joined by U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro, State Sen. José Menéndez, private developer Rick Sheldon and area residents in opening a new roadway and celebrating two projects that will improve connectivity in the Northwest Side. The city’s Transportation and Capital Improvements (TCI) Department extended Terra Oak and built a bridge over Helotes Creek. Developer FCS Creamer extended Shaenfield Road from Loop 1604 to the city’s new bridge. Both projects opened in time for the start of the new school year. “The Northwest Side of town is growing and we need our infrastructure to keep up with that growth,” said Lopez in a news release. “The Shaenfield Road project is an excellent example of private and public enterprise working together to benefit residents.” The new bridge over Helotes Creek was built to withstand a 100-year flood. The new portion of Terra Oak has one lane in each direction, a center turn lane, and includes five-foot bike lanes and six-foot sidewalks on each side of the roadway.
“We are proud to deliver this project on time and within budget,” said Mike Frisbie, city engineer and TCI director. “Our successful partnership with FCS Creamer resulted in an excellent product for the residents of this area.” The Shaenfield extension includes a landscaped roundabout and parkways and has one lane in each direction, a center turn lane, five-foot bike lanes and six-foot sidewalks on each side of the roadway. Driveways approaches were also included for future development. In addition to local representing officials and stakeholders, Sheldon thanked Pape-Dawson Engineers and Yantis Construction for their work on the Shaenfield project. “Pape-Dawson is honored to have been involved with this important project. After many years of planning and coordination, we are proud of the completed project and the significant, positive impact it will have on our community,” said Shauna Weaver, vice president with Pape-Dawson Engineers. The Terra Oak bridge project consultant was Structural Engineering Associates, and the contractor was Capital Excavation. The project was funded with $2.4 million from the city’s 2012 bond.