San Antonio.- Bexar County Pct. 1 Commissioner Sergio “Chico” Rodriguez and County Judge Nelson Wolff launched the County’s new $3 million high water detection system known as HALT, or High water Alert Lifesaving Technology, with a demonstration of the newly installed system on Shepherd Road at Live Oak Creek.
The site is one of 52 in Bexar County and will utilize flashing lights and gates to warn drivers when the road is flooded. The County leaders were joined by Southwest ISD Superintendent Dr. Lloyd Verstuyft and Southwest ISD board members who praised the system for helping to protect the community from flash flooding.
Through the HALT system, Bexar County citizens will also have access to a map on the www.bexar.org website that will provide the real-time status of the 52 HALT locations, so drivers can see which roads are safe to travel.
“We’ve made huge strides toward reducing flooding and dangerous road conditions through projects like the Ingram Road Bridge and dozens of other projects across the County,” the County Judge said. “For many of the low water crossings outside city limits, drivers often just need a warning to turn around and find another route. That’s especially true on rural roads where it’s dark and difficult to see the high water. HALT will accomplish that and it will enhance our emergency operations systems during major storms.”
Bexar County contracted with High Sierra to install, monitor and maintain the system, which will be compatible with the City of San Antonio’s high-water detection system. Bexar County and the City of San Antonio are also coordinating to determine the need for additional placements within city limits in the future.
“As Bexar County continues to grow and people continue to move further outside city limits, we have to find ways as a County to improve safety and to utilize technology to help people stay informed about their routes to-and-from school, work and home,” Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodriguez said.
“There are 20 HALT locations in my precinct at critical low water crossings. In addition to the millions of dollars we invested in projects like the Shepherd Road Bridge and Shane Road Bridge, I am proud to say that we are improving quality of life for all citizens of Bexar County.”
When viewed the HALT works much like a regular traffic light. Green is go, yellow means caution and red is No!