Bandera Road’s future: UTSA researchers favor four new lanes over six-mile elevated highway

Dr. Thomas Tunstall, Director of Research in the UTSA Institute for Economic Development, speaks with News 4 San Antonio.

(November 13, 2017) -- Michael Locklear of News 4 San Antonio reports that UTSA researchers are studying options for the future of Bandera Road, with the goal of taking the best one to state transportation officials for consideration. Though a flyover is one solution, they are in favor of another option – a boulevard, featuring trees, bike lanes and wider sidewalks plus two more lanes acting as access roads on each side. Everything would be at ground level.

“It makes Leon Valley a place – rather than just something that you drive by, becomes something you might drive to, in order to shop and so on,” said Bill Barker, Adjunct Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning in the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning (CACP).

Dr. Richard Tangum, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning in the CACP is the Principal Investigator in the UTSA Research study, while Barker and Dr. Thomas Tunstall, Director of Research in the UTSA Institute for Economic Development, are part of the research team.

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