(May 9, 2016) -- The City of San Antonio broke ground Monday on improvements to UTSA Blvd on the southwest side of The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Main Campus. UTSA President Ricardo Romo joined District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg and city officials for the groundbreaking ceremony.
The $7 million city portion of the project will transform UTSA Blvd from Babcock Rd to Edward Ximenes Ave. Improvements include reconstruction of the roadway, expansion of the two existing lanes to four lanes with a raised median and new left turn lanes. Additional improvements will include sidewalks, curbs, a shared used path for pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as upgrades to traffic signals, signs and drainage.
President Romo said the improvements will not only accommodate increased traffic to UTSA but make it easier and safer for pedestrians.
"An estimated 8,000 students live within one mile of campus," Romo said. "Many of them walk, bike or ride a skateboard to class. As UTSA expands, it's important to make it safer for students and the community to get to our campus."
"As one of many important projects in District 8, UTSA Boulevard is a key roadway for various daily commuters who live, work and attend classes at UTSA," said Nirenberg. "Multi-modal enhancements will ensure that the commute improves not just for drivers but those who choose to walk and bike as well."
The work will be done in two phases. The first will be the southern portion of the new roadway. It will take approximately nine months to complete. The second phase is a 10-month project along the north side of the road. During this time, traffic on UTSA Boulevard will be down to one lane in each direction. Side streets and driveways will be impacted during construction as they are being rebuilt. TxDOT is also working to expand UTSA Blvd between Interstate 10 to Edward Ximenes. That construction is expected to be complete in August 2017.
MuTe Fest is a celebration of original music and technology. Three days of concerts, sessions, and informative lectures will offer a unique experience of musical works created by fellow UTSA students and the chance to gain valuable knowledge about music technology.
Art Building, Music Tech Lab (Arts 3.01.30B), Main Campus
UTSA Libraries hosts Assistant Professor Ian Caine for his lecture, Architectural Postcards from Space, as part of the popular Pizza + Research series. Pizza will be served while supplies last.
Buena Vista Street Building (BVB 2.304), Downtown Campus
The conference will showcase the works of authors, illustrators, and scholars which embody Latino culture and art as a means to promote literacy and reading in Latino children.
Durango Building, first floor, Downtown Campus
The theme of this year’s symposium is Black & Brown Futures. The free event will give UTSA students and the community the opportunity to meet and hear national scholars talk about current research and academic trends relevant to the lives of African Americans in the United States.
Student Union, Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
Registration is open now for this family-friendly and dog-friendly run that supports the UTSA Alumni Association scholarship fund.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Join the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching for the 14th Annual UTSA Storytelling Festival featuring Nancy Simpson, storyteller and keynote speaker. The event is free and open to the public.
Main Building, Ground Floor Lobby, Main Campus
Students are invited to a semi-formal, dinner banquet with an awards presentation and dancing. Keynote speaker will be San Antonio City Councilman William Cruz Shaw. Tickets must be purchased by Feb 19 at Roadrunner Express. UTSA students are $15 and guests are $20.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104/1.106), Main Campus
Dr. Don Jenkins from UT Health SA will lead this event UTSA with up to 30 certified STB trainers, and train up to 300 UTSA students and personnel in stop the bleed methods.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.106), Main Campus
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