Solutions, Rain or Shine
Whenever it stormed in San Antonio, it wasn’t unusual to see trash cans or furniture floating down Broadway Street at Hildebrand Avenue. The major thoroughfares had been repaved so often that the curbs were only a half-inch tall, rather than the usual seven inches, so rain frequently led to flooding. Freese and Nichols’ multidiscipline team provided solutions for a roadway corridor that performs better in any type of weather.
The new storm drain system is capable of handling a 100-year storm event, is designed to accommodate future upstream tie-ins and has water quality units that filter runoff before it flows into the San Antonio River. The team also designed new turn lanes and improved traffic signals; converted overhead power lines to underground; and replaced the sewer and water mains.