Safety project underway for stretch of Culebra Road
SAN ANTONIO – After more than a year, a safety improvement project has begun on a busy West Side road.
Residents along a stretch of Culebra near Callaghan Road say they've witnessed too many accidents involving not only drivers, but pedestrians.
From cars to people getting on buses, people who live on the 5500 block of Culebra say the traffic is non-stop.
“It's pretty severe out here,” says Corina Kuiroz, a resident.
Right at the intersection near the Monticello Manor Apartments, Kuiroz remembers the day she got into an accident a month ago.
“I almost didn't come home to my kids. We are in the middle trying to turn this way as you can see that car is coming this way. (It) made our whole car turn a 180,” adds Kuiroz.
In an effort to make the road safer, The Texas Organizing Project has been working with District 7.
“Seeing it actually come to life is a wonderful feeling,” says Laquita Garcia, a member.
On Monday, crews started construction on a crosswalk along with a directional island coming out of this complex.
In total, it 's costing t $45,000.
It's part of the city's Vision Zero Initiative to reduce pedestrian deaths.
“It was really important we found ways to keep the pedestrians safe as they were crossing to and from school to the bus stop,” says Councilman Cris Medina, District 7.
In the last year, Fox San Antonio has reported on about at least eight accidents involving pedestrians along Culebra.
In August a man died after he was hit by a car. Police say he was not using a crosswalk.
“We've had reports of pedestrians having close calls unfortunately reports of pedestrian deaths we want to minimize at the end of the day,”
It's a Kuiroz, she hopes the coming changes will make a difference.
“This should help us out so much,” adds Kuiroz.
Construction is expected to wrap up in the next three weeks.
The city is looking into adding more crosswalks at other stretches of Culebra.