If you’ve come to the main library downtown recently you might have noticed a tad bit of construction (read that last clause to yourself sarcastically). The whole block on which the library and the History Center sit, from 8th to 9th streets south and north, and from Guadalupe to San Antonio east and west, is surrounded by a moat of yanked up street and sidewalk, water pipes (coming out or going in), tractors, and workers in neon vests. And the construction extends far beyond the library’s little corner of downtown, but let’s set some limit to this conversation.
Infrastructure! Infrastructure! Rah Rah Rah! It’s a pain in the neck, but construction jobs, and a prettier, better-working city? I’m on board. This morning I talked to Susan Garnett, public information officer for the city’s Public Works Department, and I’m waiting for her to shoot me some information about what’s going on (or in). She says, too, that soon the public will have access to a web site with details about capital improvement projects. So watch this space for an update later today or tomorrow.
And if you’re trying to get around downtown, don’t jaywalk! (Sarcasm again.)
UPDATE: Here's a link to the scoop on the road projects around the library from the Public Works Department (thank you Susan): Ongoing Guadalupe Construction Affecting Access to Central Library. Keep an eye on this space; when CIVIC (Capital Improvements Visualization, Information and Communication system--in other words, online info about road projects) goes online in the next few months, we'll link to it here.