Phil Hardberger Park is divided by Wurzbach Parkway. Connecting the east and west sides of the park is critical to creating a cohesive natural area and protecting the wildlife living in the park. A Land Bridge is under construction to connect the two sides. Estimated completion is 2020.
The Robert L.B. Tobin Land Bridge at Phil Hardberger Park will be 150 feet wide, broad enough for animals and people to safely cross, as described in the park's master plan. More than just a way to cross from one side to the other, the Land Bridge will be a continuation of the natural beauty of the park. People crossing it will have the experience of climbing over a hill, unaware of the traffic below.
The project costs $23 million. The Conservancy raised $10 million in private donations and grants. The people of San Antonio voted to fund the remaining $13 million through the 2017 City Bond.
Construction crews are bringing in soil in to create a berm for the footing of the Land Bridge. The berm and a stone wall extending from the abutment will create a solid barrier between the road and the park. This barrier, soil, and vegetation will reduce the noise from Wurzbach Hwy. Soil delivery on the berm south of Wurzbach Pkwy has been completed. This phase of the project will continue through summer.
Construction Phase Target Dates:
Construction Began: November 26, 2018
Site Preparation: Dec. 2018 – July 2019
Bridge Construction Over Wurzbach Pkwy.: Aug. 2019 - July 2020
Sky Walk Construction: Dec. 2019 – Apr. 2020
Landscaping: Sept. 2019 – July 2020
Estimated Completion - Summer/Fall 2020
Partial Lane Closures on Wurzbach Parkway
Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Wurzbach Pkwy., between NW Military Hwy. and Blanco Road will have partial closures of the far right-hand lane.
Sidewalks and bicycle lanes will be closed for the duration of construction.
A full road closure will take place overnight sometime in fall 2019.
Land Bridge FEatures
One-of-a-kind SkyWalk, an elevated walkway that gently climbs through the tree tops to the top of the bridge.
An ADA trail, making the bridge accessible to everyone.
Constructed using the best practices of Low Impact Development, creating opportunities for education on conservation, wildlife and the Texas Landscape.
Rainwater catchment system for capturing rain to irrigate the Land Bridge and surrounding area.
Unique design will give the park user the sensation of walking over a hill, not a bridge over a busy parkway.
Thoughtfully engineered and landscaped for shared use by both humans and animals—the only bridge in the world designed to accommodate both.
Adds over half an acre of park land, with native vegetation, over Wurzbach Pkwy.
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