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San Antonio River Walk to be drained in January 2014
The San Antonio River Walk will be partially drained in January 2014. Public Works and Downtown Operations will work together to drain the main channel from Josephine Street to Alamo Street on January 5 – 10, 2014. The River Walk will be refilled and operational by January 12, 2014. The river loop will not be drained or affected. Throughout the duration of the river draining, the south lane on E. Nueva between Main Plaza/Dwyer and S. St. Mary’s will be closed. Eastbound traffic along this section of E. Nueva will be maintained throughout the draining.
Public Works completed a two-year water quality and clarity improvement project along the River Walk in 2010 and 2011. A total of 6,252 cubic yards of sediment was removed utilizing specialized heavy equipment. This improvement project resulted in a significant decrease of sediment buildup that occurred in prior years and enabled the City to postpone the draining of the River Walk in 2012 and 2013. “We are pleased that the work completed in previous years has enabled us to keep the River Walk full two years consecutively,” stated Interim Director of Public Works, Anthony Chukwudolue. “This year’s partial draining will enable us to perform routine maintenance and remove any detected or trace amounts of sediment buildup.”
As an additional improvement, Public Works has installed 880 storm water inlet protectors within the downtown area. This initiative prevents debris from washing into the river and also affecting the water quality and clarity. “The River Walk is one of San Antonio’s treasures,” stated Jim Mery, Interim Director of Downtown Operations. “Ensuring that it is clean and free from debris preserves its beauty and encourages the sense of enjoyment we want our residents and visitors to experience when visiting the River Walk throughout the year.”
Public Works and Downtown Operations will continue to work together to assess the River Walk to determine if draining is necessary for routine maintenance in the future.
Read full News Release here: San Antonio River Walk to be drained in January 2014 (pdf).