Alamo Area Construction News - February 16

February 16, 2024
Map of Alamo area construction week of February 16, 2024

We are delighted to update you on the progress of the construction projects near the Alamo. Your continued patience and support have been instrumental in moving the Alamo Plan forward, and we sincerely thank you for your contributions.

Traffic Restrictions in the Alamo District: As of November 1, 2023, vehicle traffic has been halted in the Alamo District, specifically from Commerce St. to Crockett St., and along Crockett St. from Alamo Plz. to Losoya St. We recognize the inconvenience this may cause and assure you of the necessity of this step for construction progress.

Pedestrian Pathways and Safety Enhancements: Since November 6th, a protective fence surrounds the future Texas Cavalier Education Center, enclosing the southern part of the Alamo Gardens and the path between the Menger Hotel and the Alamo. Despite these changes, pedestrian access between the Alamo and the Menger Hotel continues uninterrupted.

For Visitor Safety and Convenience:

  • A designated pedestrian lane will run from North to South on Alamo Plaza, and East to West on Crockett St., outlining the western boundaries of the Alamo District.
  • To the east of the Alamo District, another pedestrian route will initiate near the Menger Hotel, stretching North to South. This path, close to the Menger Hotel, will lead directly through the Alamo Arcade, ensuring a seamless connection from Alamo Plaza to the River Center Mall vicinity.

Lower Paseo: The construction work continues on the Lower Paseo, also known as Paseo del Alamo, the bridge the Riverwalk and the Alamo. This critical project, which began on January 15, 2024, is advancing with construction fencing installed around the project area to ensure public safety and delineate the construction zone. The Ripley's Believe It or Not! gift shop will continue to operate with pedestrian access maintained.

Visitor Center and Museum (VCM): The erection of scaffolding and scrim (a rendering cover of the future VCM) on the sidewalk in front of the VCM began on February 7 and will continue through February 28. 

During these projects, we are committed to minimizing disruptions to the local community and maintaining a safe environment for both the public and Alamo staff. To keep everyone informed, we will be providing regular updates on the progress of this project.

Red banner with arrow to show direction of Alamo Plaza Shops and Restaurants

Extended Hours for Greater Access: The eastern pathway segment through the Alamo Arcade is open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. This corridor runs from near the Alamo Church to the Menger Hotel. 

Wayfinding Signage: To assist with navigation around the Alamo District, we have placed wayfinding signage throughout the area. These signs are designed to guide  pedestrians efficiently around the construction zones.

Alamo Cenotaph Update: The Structural Integrity Investigation of the historic Alamo Cenotaph began on November 13, 2023 and has successfully concluded, marking a significant step in preserving the monument in its place. The investigation's findings, which focused on the Cenotaph's structure and materials, will inform a comprehensive restoration plan to ensure its longevity. Following the investigation, Alamo Trust, Inc. obtained a permit from the Texas Historical Commission for protective measures, including installing a temporary cap and securing the removed marble stones. This advancement reflects a deep commitment to preserving the Alamo Cenotaph as a historic symbol for future generations. For detailed updates related to the investigation, please visit our Cenotaph Live Cam.

Arched stone entrance leading to Alamo Arcade
Scaffolding around cenotaph to provide protection during investigation

Supporting Local Businesses:
In partnership with the City of San Antonio, signs are being placed to promote local businesses in the affected area, ensuring visitors remain informed that these establishments are still operational and accessible.
Safety and Accessibility
The safety of our community, visitors, and team members remains our top priority. We sincerely thank you for respecting these safety measures and refraining from entering restricted zones. 
Your Valued Input
Your insights and suggestions have proven invaluable to us. We're dedicated to keeping you informed every step of the way, and we welcome your input in refining our communication process. If you know of any additional contacts who should receive our weekly updates, please don't hesitate to let us know. Your support in keeping our community well-informed is greatly appreciated.
Staying Connected
As we move forward with our construction endeavors, we encourage you to reach out to us with any questions or concerns you might have. We're here to address any inquiries and provide you with the information you need. Your enthusiasm and patience inspire us, and we're excited to continue this journey together.
Thank you once again for being part of our community's progress. We look forward to the day when these enhancements will further enrich the Alamo and downtown San Antonio experience for generations to come.

Jonathan Huhn 
Communications Director
Alamo Trust, Inc.
(210) 293-6064

Emily Baucum
Public Relations Manager
Alamo Trust, Inc. 
(210) 669-0282