When voters approved Proposition 7 last year, dedicating a portion of our state sales tax to the highway fund, they ended years of debate on how to solve San Antonio’s traffic quagmire on US 281 North. With funding now in place, TXDOT is moving ahead with plans to expand and improve the roadway. The $532 million project is broken up into two phases. The first phase, from Loop 1604 to Stone Oak Parkway, is set to begin in 2017; the second phase, from Stone Oak Parkway to Borgfeld, will start in 2019. The six-year project includes new interchange ramps between 281 and 1604, overpasses for roads like Evans and Stone Oak that cross US 281, continuous frontage roads, and pedestrian and bike lanes. What the project doesn’t include, to the relief of many far north residents—tolls. There will, however, be an HOV lane option for those willing to pay for a little speedier commute.
Want a bird’s-eye preview of the new road system? Check out this TXDOT video (from www.txdot.gov):