New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 27, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Now Braunfels to growing, but Ms streets and highways have plenty of catching up to do.
In a series of stories, beginning today and anding next Sunday, the Herald-Zeitung wit! take a detailed look at some of the city's congested traffic spots and report on what's planned to make getting from Point A lo Point B easier
From expansion on Loop 337 and Interstate 35 to work on the Greene bridge and Seguin Avenue underpass, there s more construction on the way.
The sanes continues Tuesday, with a look at Loop 337, and wraps up July 4 with Walnut Avenue and Interstate 35.
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Spur David Robinson has even more reason to celebrate than he did in this June 9 photo after the Spurs clinched the Western Conference.
Spurs get championship welcome
From Staff and Wire Reports
► Pet project
Find out what you need to know when picking out a potential pet. Local vets, breeders and pet store owners share their tips. While you're at it, take their advice on caring for your best friend in the summer heat. /1B
The chance of rain drops from the forecast going into the week. Expect the heat be turned up by Wednesday. For a complete forecast, check out Page 2A.
Demand on streets, drivers grows with city
SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Spurs came home Saturday to share their NBA championship trophy with a city formerly starved for a winner.
The Spurs won their first NBA title in the franchise's 26-year history, beating the New York Knicks fcvir games to one in the finals. San Antonio clinched the series with a 78-77 victory Friday night that touched off a downtown celebration for which fans had ached.
That the Spurs won the series in New York% Madison Square Garden instead of the Alamodome mattered little to the
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Lawmen found Rafael Resendez-Ramirez in Mexico but learned it was the uncle of the alleged railroad serial killer. The unde pleads with his nephew to turn himself In to authorities, who want to question him about a string of murders in Texas and Illinois. / 3A
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■ Widen Walnut Avenue to five lanes ($5 minion).
■ Rebuild and add lanes to South Seguin and Lands Street railroad underpasses.
■ Extend County Line Road from Pahmeyer Road southwest to the proposed realignment of Faim-to-Market 1044.
■ Add a lane to Texas 46 between Landa Street to RM 2722.
■ Improve access between the McKenna Hospital Medical Center and Loop 337.
■ Develop a more (Erect route to New Braunfels Municipal Airport from Interstate 35.
■ Realign FM1044 from Green Valley Road via Rueckie Road to Interstate 35/Loop 337 interchange.
■ Extend FM 306 from IH 35 to the southeast, west along the airport, crossing FM 758, Texas 46 and tying to FM 725.
■ Increase lane widths and add paved shoulders on FM 1863 between Texas 46 and Krueger Canyon Road
■ Add lanes to Loop 337 from I-35 Business Loop to Old Austin Road and from Hanz Drive through River Road intersection.
■ Rebuild East San Antonio Street bridge over Comal River.
■ Extend Fredericksburg Road from near Landa Street to Sen Antonio Street
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Spurs fans are expected to converge on San Antonio’s riverwalk and Alamodome to celebrate the NBA championship.
Here’s the itinerary:
■ The parade wilt start at 6 p.m. on the San Antonio River at Navarro Street and will wind its way down to Martin Street.
■ Don’t show up before 4 p.m.
because officials are keeping crowds away until then. Leave lawn chairs and ice chests at home.
■ Tickets for the 9 p.m. pep rally at the • Alamodome no longer are available.
■ Local TV stations are expected to provide live coverage of the parade and pep rally.
By Peri Stone Staff Writer
No one needs to tell locals — or seasoned tourists — about New Braunfels’ traffic problems, whether you’re on Walnut Avenue at noon,
Seguin Avenue at 5 p.m. or Gruene Bridge on the weekends.
Some of the city's quaint and once predominately residential streets have been transformed through the years to what some call challenges and others call nightmares.
On Landa Street, between Walnut and the Landa underpass, motorists sway from right to left, unsure if they should treat Landa as four lanes or two.
At the Plaza roundabout, unsuspecting newcomers enter the inside lane and find themselves trapped and driving in circles, counting the number of times they spot New Braunfels Utilities or die Comal County Courthouse.
There are the truck drivers, convinced they “can make it*’ under the Lands underpass — only to grit their teeth moments later at the sound of scraping metal.
On Walnut Avenue and Business 35, impatient drivers drum their fingers across their steering wheels, counting the seconds for the light to change.
And then there Is Interstate 35, never really considered quaint, where motorists avoid orange cones and practice great restraint to stay under 55 miles per hour.
Landa Street is one road that presents unique challenges for drivers —even those who are familiar with it.
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Drivers all across New Braunfels, whether sitting at a light or breaking free from a long chain of stopped-up cars, wonder why the city or the state seems to do nothing to alleviate their frustrations.
The city has not undertaken a major road project since the
1980s, but there might be light at the end of the underpass.
The issue of roads dominates the city’s master plan priority list of capital improvement projects. Seven of the IO top priorities involve city streets; six of these are specific road projects.
The Texas Department of Transportation supplied plenty of input to help develop the recommendations. In fact, TXDoT is listed to participate or completely fund four of the projects (see sidebar).
New Braunfels unites to help girl with medical costs
Bv Heather Togo Staff Writer
Donny and Donna Meurin are looking forward to the day their 3-year old daughter will not have to live with frightening seizures or regular trips to the hospital.
To make this dream a reality, the Meurins need support from the local community.
A benefit auction and dance to raise money for Nicole Meurin *s ongoing and futureHelping Nicole
A benefit auction and dance for Nicole Meurin is scheduled for 7 to 11 p.m. July 17 at Comal County Fairgrounds
To make a donation, call Donna Meurin at 625-2385 or 606-8332.
medical expenses is scheduled for 7 to 11 p.m. July 17 at
Comal County Fairgrounds.
Nicole was diagnosed with Sturge Weber Syndrome in October 1998, a month before her third birthday.
SWS is a rare brain disorder characterized by a facial birthmark, or “port wine stain,” and neurological abnormalities.
Children with SWS develop excessive blood vessel growth on the surface of the brain, which creates abnormal conditions for brain function in the
region, including seizures.
The odds of a child with a facial birthmark getting this disease are one in 50,000.
Nicole now takes four different kinds of medication to control seizures and wears a helmet to protect her body from personal injury.
But Nicole’s condition has not kept her from being a regular 3-year old, her mother said.
“She% a very active 3-year-
Photo tubuMtod Nioole Meurin, 3, has to take medication to control her seizures.