Good news for drivers on the Northside of San Antonio. Texas Department of Transportation will begin a major expansion project on 1604 that will lead up to congestions to make things worse before they get better.
Nearly 150,000 drivers take Loop 1604 everyday and with more people moving to the fast growing area, traffic will become more dense. So TxDOT will be moving full force to help reduce congestion and improve the mobility in the area according to Jennifer Serold, a spokesperson for TxDOT.
Plans are to expand the existing four lanes to ten lanes that include an HOV lane. There will be also accommodations for bicyclist and pedestrians.
Phase one of the construction began late May and will stretch from Bandera Road to I-10 in both directions.
Crews have been taking advantage of working weeknights with alternating lanes and ramp closures but all of that is about to switch into full gear. Restriping and barriers are being set in place ahead of years of construction.
“With these improvements, we’re looking to cut drivers’ commute times by more than half, so we appreciate everyone’s patience,” Serold said.
One major construction element will be when the cloverleaf design will be replaced by a five-level direct flyover connector at 1604 and I-10. This will take away frustration of yielding and merging into different lanes which will shave off minutes on a commute.
Another congestion area that leads to frustration for area motorists is the 1604 and 281 corridor will begin this summer. 281 to I-35 will start later.
Bandera will be completed in 2024 and phase II, I-10 to 281 will be completed 2025 while the entire thing will be completed in 2027.