San Antonio Freeway: Social-Impact Landmark

by Raymond H. Lindholm, (M.ASCE), Asst. Dist. Engr.; Texas Dept. of Transportation, San Antonio, Texas,
Malcolm L. Steinberg, (M.ASCE), Sup. Planning Engr.; Texas Dept. of Transportation, San Antonio, Texas,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1980, Vol. 50, Issue 6, Pg. 80-82

Document Type: Feature article


San Antonio's McAllister Freeway, or rather its proposed construction, aroused so much furor as to generate national publicity in the early 1970s. Objections arose because it cut through a park and a golf course, near a zoo, and close to historic Alamo Stadium (whose old masonry might be damaged by blasting for freeway construction). This became one of the nation's most famous stop-and-start-the-freeway projects, twice involving court orders stopping work. Today complete, the freeway is reportedly liked by a heavy majority of area citizens.

Subject Headings: Highways and roads | Social factors | Infrastructure construction | Parks | Historic buildings | Stadiums and sport facilities | Masonry | Blasting effects | Texas | United States

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