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Wurzbach Parkway will be closed to all traffic for the next two weekends as construction of the Robert L.B. Tobin Land Bridge moves toward its anticipated fall completion.
The roadway between N.W. Military Highway and Blanco Road will be closed this weekend beginning at 9 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday and again on Friday, Oct. 2, through Monday morning, Oct. 5. Motorists can take an alternate route using West Ave between N.W. Military Highway and Blanco Road for east and westbound travel.
Construction crews will be removing the wooden forms that were filled with concrete decking beneath the land bridge and using the closure to complete other elements of the project that began construction in fall 2018.
At 150 feet wide, the land bridge spans Wurzbach Parkway and will connect the east and west areas of Phil Hardberger Park, allowing people and animals to cross safely from one side to the other. Each side of the bridge will merge with existing trails to create an elevated walkway that accommodates people with disabilities, including those using wheelchairs.
The elevated walkway, or SkyWalk, is a feature that will give park visitors a greater view of the park’s treetops. The bridge’s SkyWalk frame can be viewed on the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy website.
Once the skywalk is completed, construction crews from the project’s contractor, SpawGlass, will need to install the artistic elements that include wildlife viewing blinds designed by artists Cade Bradshaw and Ashley Mireles.
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The City of San Antonio’s Public Works Department has not set a firm completion date for the project, but estimates it will be done this fall.
City Council approved the $23 million project in September 2018, with SpawGlass starting construction the following November. The project is being funded by public and private money, including $13 million from the 2017 municipal bond and $10 million raised by the Hardberger Park Conservancy through private donations and grants.
The upcoming full road closures are the latest of periodic closures that began in April and are scheduled to continue until October, according to the Conservancy’s website.