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Monday, May 21

Mail Bag: Why we use asphalt and not concrete

What work is currently happening at the turnaround by Ramsgate? Currently seeing it closed daily during the day.
Also, huge props to whoever finds the gifs for the blog!
- Kevin
Well, shucks. Thanks! We have fun with the gifs (and other graphics and references). We hope all y'all do as well.
The work at Ramsgate is a maintenance job to repair the concrete retaining wall and the bridge rail at and near the turnaround bridge. The work should be wrapped up by the first part of June. We know it's throwing off a few folks and their commutes - all highway maintenance tends to have that effect - but we're working hard to stay in touch with the USAA communications team to keep them in the loop. They are the top contributor to the traffic at the turnaround, after all, so we're doing what we can to coordinate the work with the good folks over there.


I travel Wurzbach Parkway to work. I see signs that talk about road closures beginning May 14. Can you tell me what to expect next week. Should I use 410 to travel to work?
- Rebecca
Rebecca, we're sorry this answer didn't come in time. We understand the work on Wurzbach has wrapped up at this point.
The closure was on Wurzbach Road and was done by the city of San Antonio, not us. They did a heckuva job getting word out and tried to be sure folks knew in advance of the closure.


Have they determined what caused the longitudinal cracking on I-10? I'm no engineer, but from the photos, it looks like when the contractors excavated material from the roadway edge, they failed to support that edge as it bore the weight of the Jersey barriers. Recent heavy rains probably didn't help either, eroding the exposed base material and surrounding soils.
- Mark
You kind of hit the nail on the head, Mark. The contractor is using, per plans, soil nail walls to support the edge of our excavation. In this instance the equipment for those soil nail walls bogged down and Flatiron's excavation team got a little ahead of things. This is a gamble literally every contractor takes on a project like this, and more than 99 percent of the time it pays off and we see no problems.
As you pointed out the rain didn't help here, and we saw a failure. It wasn't catastrophic, but any failure has potential of becoming that way. We worked hard to prevent the catastrophic failures that could have caused safety hazards.
Here's the silver lining: the delay is extremely minimal. Flatiron lost about a day and a half of production and that's it. On a three-year project that's amazing.
The long-term, permanent fix for the issue is literally designed into the construction plans. When it comes to roadway failures on a construction project, this was pretty much the best possible scenario.


Regarding the nearly complete NE 410/35 project between George Beach and Walzam, I give the project an A-. I no longer fear for my life on south bound lanes as the Rittman traffic no longer tries to zip across 5 lanes of traffic to get to 410 South and traffic seems to move pretty well through that section (the clog is now between Walzam and O'Connor on Northbound).
My only complaints are minor and as you have pointed out before, not necessarily needed. That is the street lights. Many in that section still don't work and one pole in front of Texas Thrift blinks constantly. And having some sodium lights and some LED is kind of tacky. Other than that, great job on this project!
- Jeff
Thanks, Jeff! We'll take it!
It kills us the project took as long as it has to finish, and we've done some internal reviews to see how we can prevent a lot of the delays we've seen on the job for future projects.
Having the new lanes open has been a huge milestone for us - and the big reason for the job in the first place. Well, those and the ramp revisions we've done along the corridor. With a little luck we'll have everything in place and be done - like done done - by mid-summer.
The includes the lights which, as we've said, will be burning as soon as we can get them connected to power. Thanks for your patience on it!


I know there a lot of construction going on 1604 between 90 and 151. Same thing for almost every intersection that have lights except Wiseman. It looks like they are not working on it and look pretty much the same for like couple months. Any idea what going on?
- Daryl
We had some work on retaining walls and drain structures that kept us from digging into Wiseman the way we've done at the other intersections over the last two months.
That will change here in the next couple of weeks, and southbound Loop 1604 will switch onto the frontage road just south of Hwy 151 here in June. That will let Zachry Construction go nuts on the new overpasses. Once the new southbound overpass is ready we'll flip traffic over - Zachry has been working on ways to provide incremental improvements to traffic as they're available (Webber also) on this project, effectively fast-tracking an already aggressive schedule.


The WB I-10 frontage road closure at Old Fred has caused the traffic to back up at the Fair Oaks Ranch bridge almost a 1/4 a mile. Having one exit/entry for 4 major neighborhood was the worst idea ever. Please open up the frontage road M-F 7-9am and 4-6pm. What is being done to alleviate this? This cannot be the norm for a month or more.
- Christina
This closure HAS to be a constant closure. Opening intermittently as you've suggested simply isn't physically possible. To install the pipes we're putting in the ground the road itself was torn up for about 500 feet.
Sundt is working to get this work finished quickly and should have it open by the end of this month. We know it has been really, really rough this month and we thank everyone for their patience.


In your May 1 post, you talked about the traffic lights, but since you were talking about Buckskin, were the lights there? If so, what about the Fair Oaks Parkway lights?
Also, you talked about quadrants and stages, neither of which means anything to me without a definition. Also, the map showed some orange sections of roads with some white markings around them. What do they mean?
- Al Koppen
We are building traffic signals at Buckskin Drive. The construction contract doesn't have us turning them on - that will fall to our traffic operations folks.
Sounds convoluted, we know. It has to do with the warrant for the signal, which you can read all about here. Right now we don't have a warrant for the signal - mostly because the intersection doesn't completely exist. Once the intersection opens we're confident the warrant will be met, but we technically have to wait for that to happen.
Traffic signals are indeed being built at the Fair Oaks Parkway intersection and will become active here in June (based on the current schedule). The signal configuration will be identical to that of the current Ralph Fair intersection.
As for quadrants and stages, we apologize if that graphic wasn't clear enough. Here it is, once again, for your benefit:
The orange areas are the areas where work is being done. You'll note the white/orange markings are construction barricades, indicating the area is blocked off for construction.
Every intersection mimics the x-and-y axis planes we learn about in math class growing up. Each intersection has four quadrants. In the graphic to the left, these are labeled as Quadrant I (quadrant 1), Quadrant II (2), Quadrant III (3) and Quadrant IV (4). The first quadrant is where the X and Y axes both have positively valued coordinates. The second quadrant is where the Y axis coordinate is positive but the X axis coordinate is negative. The third quadrant features two negative coordinates and the fourth quadrant features a positive X axis coordinate and a negative Y axis coordinate.
Most of the time, when we talk of intersection quadrants, we talk in terms of direction so we can keep things simple
 For the intersection of Old Fred/Buckskin Drive and I-10 that means a north quadrant (where the work is happening right now as noted with the long horizontal orange mark), a south quadrant (basically between Buckskin Drive and Indian Hills), an east quadrant (the one that was closed for like four months) and a west quadrant (the one we opened up most recently).
We're sorry this description wasn't clear enough in the first post and hope this explanation helps you keep everything straight.


Regarding the 10 east frontage rds. In particular the frontage road intersection with FM 1516 and Green Rd:
It seems this one-way conversion has greatly inconvenienced people that live and work on Green Road. I often see people going the wrong way on the access road the short distance to 1516 so they can use the underpass to go west on 10. There is also a large dirt area in front of the truck dealership that has become an impromptu thoroughfare to cut over to 1516 from Green Road in addition to cutting through the truck dealership parking lot.
Is there a solution or idea in place to alleviate this inconvenience?
- Marshall
First of all, shame on all those drivers who are making illegal and, more important, unsafe driving decisions. Seriously - all that is to save what, two minutes of drive time? Five?
The long-term fix is to complete the project. That'll open the frontage roads to two lanes (still one-way) and an increased traffic volume here will prevent this heinous behavior. The wider frontage roads will mean effective turnarounds and an easier path to get to the main lanes.
In the meantime, stepped up law enforcement may help those sacrificing the safety of everyone around them for their own convenience make better choices.


I noticed all the new overpass additions/reconstructions have been done with concrete main lane approaches (Old Fred Rd/Buckskin and Boerne Stage/Scenic Loop. Why isn't the entire project from Ralph Fair to La Cantera not being completely converted to concrete? It lasts so much longer with less maintenance. This patchwork appearance looks cheap and out of date.
- Pete
You're absolutely right, Pete. Concrete paving has a better lifespan, requires less maintenance and has a bit simpler repair than traditional asphalt roads.
They're also exponentially more expensive up front.
There's a definite case to be made the cost for concrete paving is lower in the long run - say, over a period of 30 or 50 years - but that doesn't help us get the project done today.
The business savvy folks out there can see the difficulty here. In many industries it might make sense to go with the larger up-front expenditure to save money over the course of time. If we met our break-even point in the next three to five years the concrete option would probably make sense on all our roads.
That's not the case, though. Right now, as inexpensive as asphalt is, the break-even point is decades away.
Bridges and approaches have been and will continue to be done with concrete for a number of reasons. On stretches of road built on top of ground we can use the traditional asphalt, so that's what we're doing.


What happened to the project guide tour for the 410 to 151 flyover that was supposed to be out on Thursday per the report?
- Chris
We did it! We have it posted on YouTube as well. Take a look - although everything you're seeing is now wide open and in use (Chris wrote us a couple of weeks ago).


Someone posted this question on nextdoor.com, and I am curious as well (and would like the correct info instead of people's opinions on social media):
Anyone know why the several miles of asphalt that was laid down between Boerne Stage and La Cantera mall was all ripped out? Also, any idea how far back that puts the construction timelines?
- Leslie
We asked our project staff about this question and they said they don't have a long stretch of asphalt we've torn out on the main lanes of the highway. We think he question is likely a reference to asphalt laid down during a previous project. We've taken out parts of the shoulders to tie the existing road with the expansion to the inside and the outside of the road.
We've also got some spots we're putting some temporary pavement on each side of the road so we can shift existing traffic lanes over to give our crews some elbow room to safely build what we're building.
This project - to widen I-10 between La Cantera Parkway and Ralph Fair Road - is still running on pace to finish up early 2020. We've not had anything that's pushed our construction timeline back - not even the asphalt issue from earlier in the month.

Friday, May 18

Next week's construction-related closures

I-10 – Fair Oaks Ranch
  • Current and continuous until Friday, May 25 at 5 a.m. Westbound frontage road west of Old Fredericksburg Road. All lanes will close while crews rebuild the intersection. Traffic will follow the posted detour route.
I-10 – Leon Springs
  • Friday, May 18 at 9 p.m. until Monday, May 21 at 5 a.m. Westbound main lanes at Camp Bullis. All lanes will close while crews set bridge support beams. Traffic will exit Camp Bullis, continue along the frontage road and re-enter the highway at the next available ramp.
  • Friday, June 1 at 9 p.m. until Monday, June 4 at 5 a.m. Eastbound main lanes at Camp Bullis. All lanes will close while crews set bridge support beams. Traffic will exit Camp Bullis, continue along the frontage road and re-enter the highway at the next available ramp.
I-10 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Monday-Friday, May 21-25. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Eastbound frontage road at Ramsgate Street. The left lane will close while crews repair concrete. This closure includes the west-to-east turnaround at Ramsgate. Traffic will continue along the frontage road and use the next available turnaround. This closure includes the eastbound exit to Wurzbach Road. Traffic will use the next available exit and turn around to reach its destination.
I-35 – New Braunfels
  • Sunday, May 20 at 9 p.m. until Monday, May 21 at 5 a.m. Northbound frontage road at FM 725. The right lane will close while crews survey the asphalt.
  • Sunday, May 20 at 9 p.m. until Monday, May 21 at 5 a.m. Northbound main lanes between Business 35 and FM 306. The right lane will close while crews survey the asphalt.
  • Monday-Wednesday, May 21-23. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Southbound main lanes at FM 725. The right lane will close while crews survey the asphalt.
  • Monday-Wednesday, May 21-23. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Southbound main lanes between FM 306 and Business 35. The right lane will close while crews survey the asphalt.
  • Tuesday, May 22 at 9 p.m. until Wednesday, May 23 at 5 a.m. Turnarounds, both directions, at FM 306. The turnaround will close while crews survey the asphalt. Traffic will use the intersection to turn around.
  • Tuesday, May 22 at 9 p.m. until Wednesday, May 23 at 5 a.m. Southbound frontage road between Kuehler Avenue and FM 725. The left lane will close while crews survey the asphalt.
I-35 – Schertz
  • Current and continuous until October 2018. Frontage roads, both directions, at FM 1103. One lane will close while crews replace the FM 1103 overpass bridge.
I-35 – East San Antonio
  • Wednesday, May 23 at 9 p.m. until Thursday, May 24 at 5 a.m. Northbound main lanes at New Braunfels Avenue. All lanes will close while crews pour concrete overhead. Traffic will exit New Braunfels Avenue, pass through the intersection and use the next available ramp.
  • Thursday, May 24 at 9 p.m. until Friday, May 25 at 5 a.m. Southbound main lanes at New Braunfels Avenue. All lanes will close while crews pour concrete overhead. Traffic will exit New Braunfels Avenue, pass through the intersection and use the next available ramp.
I-410 – North San Antonio
  • Sunday-Tuesday, May 20-22. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Eastbound frontage road between Nacogdoches Road and Perrin Beitel. Alternating lanes will close while crews resurface the road.
I-410 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Sunday, May 20 at 9 p.m. until Monday, May 21 at 5 a.m. Southbound main lanes between Ingram Road and Hwy 151. All lanes will close while crews hang overhead highway signs. Traffic will exit Culebra Road, move through the intersection and re-enter at the next available ramp.
  • Monday-Friday, May 21-25. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Southbound frontage road between Military Drive and Hwy 151. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will take westbound Hwy 151 to Ingram and turn around to return to I-410.
  • Monday-Friday, May 21-25. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Southbound main lanes between Military Drive and Hwy 151. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will exit Hwy 151, continue through the intersection and re-enter at the next available ramp.
I-410 – West San Antonio
  • Friday, May 18 at 8 p.m. until Monday, May 21 at 5 a.m. Northbound main lanes between US Hwy 90 and Marbach. All lanes will close while crews do work underground. Traffic will exit US 90, continue along the frontage road through the intersections and re-enter the main lanes at the next available ramp.
  • Current and continuous until December 2018. Turnarounds, both directions, at Marbach Road. The turnarounds will remain closed while crews construct the new Marbach overpass bridge. Traffic will use the signalized intersection.
  • Current and continuous until December 2018. Northbound exit ramp to Marbach. The ramp will remain closed while crews reconstruct the road. Traffic will exit US Hwy 90 and continue along the frontage road to reach its destination.
U.S. Hwy 90A – Seguin
  • Current until Friday, May 18. 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily, weekdays only. Main lanes, both directions, between Geronimo Creek and Dowdy Road. Alternating lanes will close while crews resurface the road. One-way traffic will be controlled by flaggers or off-duty police.
U.S. Hwy 90 – West San Antonio
  • Saturday-Friday, May 19-25. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. nightly. West-to-east turnaround at Loop 1604. The turnaround will close while crews do work overhead.
  • Saturday-Friday, May 19-25. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, at Loop 1604. All lanes will close while crews do bridge work overhead. Traffic will exit Loop 1604, pass through the intersection and re-enter the highway.
U.S. Hwy 281 – Far North San Antonio
  • Current and continuous until Friday, May 25. Southbound frontage road at Loop 1604. The left lane will close while crews work on the bridge support structure for one of the new direct connectors.
  • Current until Friday, May 25. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between Sonterra and Donella. The two left lanes will close while crews set barrier.
  • Current until Friday, May 25. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Northbound main lanes between Stone Oak Pkwy and Marshall Road. Alternating lanes will close while crews restripe the road.
  • Current until Thursday, May 31. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Northbound frontage road at Loop 1604. The right two lanes will close while crews do bridge work.
  • Current until Thursday, May 31. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Northbound main lanes at Sonterra Boulevard. The right two lanes will close while crews do bridge work.
  • Current until Thursday, June 7. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Northbound main lanes at Loop 1604. The right lane will close while crews do road work.
  • Current until Thursday, June 7. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Northbound frontage road at Loop 1604. The right lane will close while crews set barrier.
State Hwy 151
  • Monday, May 21 until Friday, June 1. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Eastbound main lanes between Military Drive and I-410. All lanes will close while crews resurface the roadway. Traffic will exit Hunt Lane, continue through the intersections and re-enter the highway at the next available ramp.
  • Monday, May 28 until Friday, June 8. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Westbound main lanes between West Military Drive and I-410. All lanes will close while crews resurface the roadway. Traffic will exit I-410, continue through the intersections and re-enter the highway at the next available ramp.
Loop 1604 – West San Antonio
  • Monday-Wednesday, May 21-23. 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. Northbound main lanes at Military Drive. The right lane will close at Military Drive while crews work on foundations for traffic signals. This closure will primarily impact the right turn lane onto and off of Military Drive.
  • Monday, May 21 until Tuesday, May 29. 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. Northbound main lanes at Potranco Road. The right lane will close while crews work on foundations for traffic signals. This closure will primarily impact the right turn lane onto and off of Potranco Road.
Other roads – Converse
  • Monday, June 11 until Friday, August 24. FM 78 at FM 1516. The right turn lane will close while crews do road work. Oversized vehicles will use FM 3502 to reach its destination.
Other roads – Helotes
  • Current and continuous until Monday, July 2. Riggs Road, both directions, at FM 1560. All lanes are restricted while crews reconstruct the intersection. The turn radius is tight and trucks with trailers should not use this intersection.
  • Current and continuous until Friday, September 28. Northbound Bandera Road at FM 1560. The left turn lane will close while crews do road work. No left turns will be permitted. Traffic will continue to the next intersection and turn around to reach its destination. Cross traffic from Circle A is also blocked.
Other roads – Boerne
  • Current until Friday, May 25. 8:30 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. nightly. Business Loop 87 (Main Street), both directions, between Bandera Road and the I-10 intersection north of Boerne. Alternating lanes will close while crews repair and resurface the road.
  • Monday-Friday, May 21-25. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Hwy 46, both directions, between Cordillera Trace and Joe Klar Road. Alternating lanes will close while crews move barrier.
Other roads – Leon Springs
  • Continuous until 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 29. Northbound Boerne Stage Road at I-10. The right lane will close while crews work on bridge support foundations.
  • Friday, May 18 at 9 p.m. until Monday, May 21 at 5 a.m. Camp Bullis, both directions, at I-10. All lanes will close while crews set bridge support beams overhead. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turn around at the next intersection to reach its destination.
  • Friday, June 1 at 9 p.m. until Monday, June 4 at 5 a.m. Camp Bullis, both directions, at I-10. All lanes will close while crews set bridge support beams overhead. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turn around at the next intersection to reach its destination.
Other roads – Fair Oaks Ranch
  • Current and continuous until Friday, May 25 at 5 p.m. Buckskin Drive, both directions, at I-10. All lanes will close while crews rebuild the intersection. Traffic will use Teepee Lane and Indian Hills to reach its destination.
Other roads – East San Antonio
  • Wednesday, May 23 at 6 p.m. until Friday, May 25 at 11:30 a.m. New Braunfels Avenue, both directions, at I-35. All lanes will close while crews pour concrete and allow the concrete to cure. Traffic will use Walters Avenue or Pine Street to reach its destination.
Other roads – Northwest San Antonio
  • Friday, May 18 at 9 p.m. until Saturday, May 19 at 5 a.m. Potranco Road, both directions, at Loop 1604. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will turn right onto Loop 1604 and turn around at the next cross street to reach its destination.
  • Saturday, May 19 at 9 p.m. until Sunday, May 20 at 5 a.m. Military Drive, both directions, at Loop 1604. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will turn right onto Loop 1604 and turn around at the next cross street to reach its destination.
  • Monday-Friday, May 21-25. 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. Fredericksburg Road, both directions, between I-410 and Callaghan. The right lane will close while crews form and pour concrete sidewalks.
  • Monday-Friday, May 21-25. 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. Fredericksburg Road, both directions, between Clarke Drive and Bluemel. The right lane will close while crews form and pour concrete sidewalks.
All closures are pending weather.

Monday, May 14

I-10 corridor report: pavement failures, future closures, progress

While you enjoy your beautiful spring weekends Flatiron Construction is hard at work expanding I-10 between Ralph Fair Road and La Cantera Parkway. Weather permitting, some major closures will happen at the Camp Bullis intersection soon.
Beginning Friday, May 18th, at 9 p.m. and finishing up by the morning of May 20th we will close the westbound lanes of I-10 at Camp Bullis. This closure will allow a crane to roll in and place half of the bridge beams for the expanded bridge. We will place the other half of the beams - the beams for the eastbound main lanes bridge - on June 1st through 4th. This will mean another weekend-long closure.
Fun fact: each beam we are setting is 100 feet long and weighs approximately 83,200 pounds (that's 41.6 tons for those of you keeping score at home). To put that weight in perspective, that is the equivalent of approximately eight African elephants or 320,000 bananas. With all that weight moving around, it is easy to see why the intersection is closed. It’s for your safety.
Eastbound and westbound traffic on Camp Bullis Rd. will be closed, only one direction at a time, during the weekends that the construction is taking place. Westbound traffic take the westbound frontage road and use the turnaround at Dominion Drive to get back to Camp Bullis. Eastbound traffic will have a similar scenario in reverse.
With the intersection being closed you may ask whether drivers will be confused on where to turn and when. We will have sufficient uniformed officers on hand to safely move and direct traffic through the intersection, along with message boards and signs. We are striving to repeat and improve upon the success we had at Dominion Drive while learning from what happened the last time we shut down I-10 at Camp Bullis.
If you are ever wondering what’s going on, you can check out the TransGuide cameras. You can also check out our previous posts on the project.


Pavement failure
THANK YOU to all for patience as we dealt with the pavement failure on the eastbound main lanes at Boerne Stage Road. The issue has been resolved and a strong temporary fix is in place. Fortunately the permanent fix will come as a happy result of the construction we're already doing.
What happened? We had an excavator get a bit ambitious and work just a little too far ahead of a crew installing temporary retaining walls. That led to some early settling in the dirt under the road and some buckling in the temporary retaining wall. It was a gamble the contractor took - a lot of contractors take - and it didn't pay off.
The cost for the fix came at the contractor's expense and we're pleased with the attention Flatiron Construction paid the issue. Huge kudos to their team.

Friday, May 11

Next week's construction-related closures

I-10 – Fair Oaks Ranch
  • Current and continuous until Friday, May 25 at 5 a.m. Westbound frontage road west of Old Fredericksburg Road. All lanes will close while crews rebuild the intersection. Traffic will follow the posted detour route.
I-10 – Leon Springs
  • Wednesday, May 14 at 9 p.m. until Thursday, May 15 at 5 a.m. Westbound main lanes at Boerne Stage Road. The right lane will close while crews resurface the road.
  • Friday, May 18 at 9 p.m. until Monday, May 21 at 5 a.m. Westbound main lanes at Camp Bullis. All lanes will close while crews set bridge support beams. Traffic will exit Camp Bullis, continue along the frontage road and re-enter the highway at the next available ramp.
  • Friday, June 1 at 9 p.m. until Monday, June 4 at 5 a.m. Eastbound main lanes at Camp Bullis. All lanes will close while crews set bridge support beams. Traffic will exit Camp Bullis, continue along the frontage road and re-enter the highway at the next available ramp.
I-10 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Monday-Friday, May 14-18. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Eastbound frontage road at Ramsgate Street. The left lane will close while crews repair concrete. This closure includes the west-to-east turnaround at Ramsgate. Traffic will continue along the frontage road and use the next available turnaround. This closure includes the eastbound exit to Wurzbach Road. Traffic will use the next available exit and turn around to reach its destination.
I-35 – Schertz
  • Current and continuous until October 2018. Frontage roads, both directions, at FM 1103. One lane will close while crews replace the FM 1103 overpass bridge.
I-35 – Northeast San Antonio
  • Monday, May 14. 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Exit ramps, both directions, between George Beach and Thousand Oaks. The ramps will close as needed while crews mark the pavement. Traffic will use the next available ramp and turn around to reach its destination.
  • Wednesday-Thursday, May 16-17. 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. Exit ramps, both directions, between George Beach and Thousand Oaks. The ramps will close as needed while crews mark the pavement. Traffic will use the next available ramp and turn around to reach its destination.
I-35 – East San Antonio
  • Monday-Thursday, May 14-17. 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. Northbound main lanes between Pine Street and George Beach. The left lane will close while crews work on drain inlets.
I-410 – North San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, May 13-18. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Eastbound frontage road between Harry Wurzbach and Perrin Beitel. Alternating lanes will close while crews resurface the road.
I-410 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, May 13-18. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, at Hwy 151. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will exit Hwy 151, continue through the intersection and re-enter the highway at the next available ramp.
I-410 – West San Antonio
  • Current and continuous until December 2018. Turnarounds, both directions, at Marbach Road. The turnarounds will remain closed while crews construct the new Marbach overpass bridge. Traffic will use the signalized intersection.
  • Current and continuous until December 2018. Northbound exit ramp to Marbach. The ramp will remain closed while crews reconstruct the road. Traffic will exit US Hwy 90 and continue along the frontage road to reach its destination.
U.S. Hwy 90A – Seguin
  • Current until Friday, May 18. 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily, weekdays only. Main lanes, both directions, between Geronimo Creek and Dowdy Road. Alternating lanes will close while crews resurface the road. One-way traffic will be controlled by flaggers or off-duty police.
U.S. Hwy 90 – West San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, May 13-18. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, at Loop 1604. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will exit Loop 1604, continue through the intersection and re-enter at the next available ramp.
  • Monday, May 14 at 9 p.m. until Tuesday, May 15 at 5 a.m. Main lanes, both directions, between I-410 and Military Drive. All lanes will close while crews set beams overhead. Traffic will follow the posted detour route.
  • Monday-Tuesday, May 14-15. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. West-to-east turnaround at Loop 1604. The turnaround will close while crews do concrete work. Traffic will use the signalized intersection to reach its destination.
  • Monday-Tuesday, May 14-15. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Main lanes, both directions, between I-410 and Military Drive. All lanes will close while crews set bridge support beams overhead. Traffic will exit I-410, continue through the intersection and re-enter at the next available ramp.
U.S. Hwy 281 – Far North San Antonio
  • Current and continuous until Friday, May 25. Southbound frontage road at Loop 1604. The left lane will close while crews work on the bridge support structure for one of the new direct connectors.
  • Current until Thursday, May 31. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Northbound frontage road at Loop 1604. The right two lanes will close while crews do bridge work.
  • Current until Thursday, May 31. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Northbound main lanes at Sonterra Boulevard. The right two lanes will close while crews do bridge work.
  • Current until Thursday, June 7. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Northbound main lanes at Loop 1604. The right lane will close while crews do road work.
  • Saturday, May 12. 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Southbound main lanes between Evans Road and Encino Rio. The right two lanes will close while crews work on traffic signals.
  • Sunday-Thursday, May 13-17. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Southbound main lanes between Sonterra and Donella. Alternating lanes will close while crews restripe the road.
  • Monday, May 14 until Friday, May 25. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between Sonterra and Donella. The two left lanes will close while crews set barrier.
  • Monday, May 14 until Friday, May 25. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Northbound main lanes between Stone Oak Pkwy and Marshall Road. Alternating lanes will close while crews restripe the road.
  • Monday, May 14 until Thursday, June 7. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Northbound frontage road at Loop 1604. The right lane will close while crews set barrier.
State Hwy 151
  • Sunday-Friday, May 13-18. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, at I-410. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will exit I-410, continue along the frontage road and re-enter at the next available ramp.
Loop 1604 – North San Antonio
  • Current until Monday, May 14. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Westbound main lanes at US Hwy 281. The left lane will close while crews set barrier.
  • Monday-Friday, May 14-18. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Westbound frontage road at US Hwy 281. The left lane will close while crews set barrier.
Loop 1604 – West San Antonio
  • Current until Tuesday, May 15. 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. Northbound main lanes at Wiseman Boulevard. The right lane and right turn lane will close while crews work on new traffic signals.
  • Monday-Saturday, May 14-19. 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. Northbound main lanes at Military Drive. The right lane and right turn lane will close while crews work on new traffic signals.
Other roads – Converse
  • Monday, June 11 until Friday, August 24. FM 78 at FM 1516. The right turn lane will close while crews do road work. Oversized vehicles will use FM 3502 to reach its destination.
Other roads – New Braunfels
  • Friday, May 11 until Friday, May 18. 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. FM 306, both directions, between Hoffman Lane and River Chase. Alternating lanes will close while crews resurface the road.
Other roads – Helotes
  • Current and continuous until Monday, July 2. Riggs Road, both directions, at FM 1560. All lanes are restricted while crews reconstruct the intersection. The turn radius is tight and trucks with trailers should not use this intersection.
  • Current and continuous until Friday, September 28. Northbound Bandera Road at FM 1560. The left turn lane will close while crews do road work. No left turns will be permitted. Traffic will continue to the next intersection and turn around to reach its destination. Cross traffic from Circle A is also blocked.
Other roads – Boerne
  • Current until Friday, May 25. 8:30 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. nightly. Business Loop 87 (Main Street), both directions, between Bandera Road and the I-10 intersection north of Boerne. Alternating lanes will close while crews repair and resurface the road.
Other roads – Leon Springs
  • Friday, May 18 at 9 p.m. until Monday, May 21 at 5 a.m. Camp Bullis, both directions, at I-10. All lanes will close while crews set bridge support beams overhead. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turn around at the next intersection to reach its destination.
  • Friday, June 1 at 9 p.m. until Monday, June 4 at 5 a.m. Camp Bullis, both directions, at I-10. All lanes will close while crews set bridge support beams overhead. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turn around at the next intersection to reach its destination.
Other roads – Fair Oaks Ranch
  • Current and continuous until Friday, May 25 at 5 p.m. Buckskin Drive, both directions, at I-10. All lanes will close while crews rebuild the intersection. Traffic will use Teepee Lane and Indian Hills to reach its destination.
Other roads – North San Antonio
  • Monday-Friday, May 14-18. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Westbound Stone Oak Parkway at US Hwy 281. The right lane will close while crews set barrier.
  • Monday-Friday, May 14-18. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Eastbound Encino Rio at US Hwy 281. Alternating lanes will close while crews restripe the roadway.
Other roads – East San Antonio
  • Wednesday, May 16 at 1 a.m. until Monday, May 21 at 7 a.m. continuous. New Braunfels Avenue, both directions, at I-35. All lanes will close while crews pour concrete for the final bridge deck. Northbound traffic will use Walters Street and southbound traffic will use Pine Street to reach their destinations.
Other roads – Northwest San Antonio
  • Monday-Friday, May 14-18. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Bandera Road, both directions, between Legend Trail and Loop 1604. Alternating lanes will close while crews set barrier.
All closures are pending weather.

Friday, May 4

Next week's construction-related closures

I-10 – Boerne
  • Tuesday-Thursday, May 8-10. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Eastbound Exit 537. The ramp will close while crews resurface the road. Traffic will use the next available ramp and turn around.
I-10 – Fair Oaks Ranch
  • Current and continuous until Friday, May 25 at 5 a.m. Westbound frontage road west of Old Fredericksburg Road. All lanes will close while crews rebuild the intersection. Traffic will follow the posted detour route.
I-10 – Leon Springs
  • Friday, May 18 at 9 p.m. until Monday, May 21 at 5 a.m. Westbound main lanes at Camp Bullis. All lanes will close while crews set bridge support beams. Traffic will exit Camp Bullis, continue along the frontage road and re-enter the highway at the next available ramp.
  • Friday, June 1 at 9 p.m. until Monday, June 4 at 5 a.m. Eastbound main lanes at Camp Bullis. All lanes will close while crews set bridge support beams. Traffic will exit Camp Bullis, continue along the frontage road and re-enter the highway at the next available ramp.
I-10 – East San Antonio
  • Wednesday, May 9 at 9 p.m. until Thursday, May 10 at 3 p.m. Westbound frontage road between Foster Road and Woodlake Parkway. All lanes will close while crews install storm drain culverts. Traffic will follow the posted detour route.
I-35 – Schertz
  • Current and continuous until October 2018. Frontage roads, both directions, at FM 1103. One lane will close while crews replace the FM 1103 overpass bridge.
  • Tuesday, May 8 at 9 p.m. until Wednesday, May 9 at 6 a.m. Northbound main lanes at FM 1103. The left two lanes will close while crews work on the bridge support structures.
I-35 – East San Antonio
  • Monday-Thursday, May 7-10. 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. Northbound main lanes between I-37 and George Beach. The left lane will close while crews work on drain inlets.
I-410 – North San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, May 6-11. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Eastbound frontage road between Harry Wurzbach and Perrin Beitel. Alternating lanes will close while crews resurface the road.
I-410 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, May 6-11. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between Culebra Road and Military Drive. The left two lanes will close while crews work on overhead sign supports.
I-410 – West San Antonio
  • Current and continuous until December 2018. Turnarounds, both directions, at Marbach Road. The turnarounds will remain closed while crews construct the new Marbach overpass bridge. Traffic will use the signalized intersection.
  • Current and continuous until December 2018. Northbound exit ramp to Marbach. The ramp will remain closed while crews reconstruct the road. Traffic will exit US Hwy 90 and continue along the frontage road to reach its destination.
U.S. Hwy 90A – Seguin
  • Current until Friday, May 18. 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily, weekdays only. Main lanes, both directions, between Geronimo Creek and Dowdy Road. Alternating lanes will close while crews resurface the road. One-way traffic will be controlled by flaggers or off-duty police.
U.S. Hwy 90 – West San Antonio
  • Monday, May 7. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. West-to-east turnaround at Loop 1604. The turnaround will close while crews install guardrail.
  • Monday-Friday, May 7-11. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. nightly. West-to-east turnaround at Loop 1604. The turnaround will close while crews work on the direct connector overhead.
  • Monday, May 14 at 9 p.m. until Tuesday, May 15 at 5 a.m. Main lanes, both directions, between I-410 and Military Drive. All lanes will close while crews set beams overhead. Traffic will follow the posted detour route.
U.S. Hwy 281 – Far North San Antonio
  • Current and continuous until Friday, May 25. Southbound frontage road at Loop 1604. The left lane will close while crews work on the bridge support structure for one of the new direct connectors.
  • Monday, May 7 until Thursday, May 31. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Northbound frontage road at Loop 1604. The right two lanes will close while crews do bridge work.
  • Thursday, May 10 until Thursday, June 7. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Northbound main lanes at Loop 1604. The right lane will close while crews do road work.
  • Saturday, May 12. 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Southbound main lanes between Evans Road and Encino Rio. The right two lanes will close while crews work on traffic signals.
State Hwy 151
  • Friday, May 4 at 9 p.m. until Monday, May 7 at 5 a.m. Eastbound main lanes between Military Drive and I-410. All lanes will close while crews put the highway into its final configuration and open the new eastbound connector to northbound I-410.
Loop 1604 – North San Antonio
  • Thursday-Monday, May 10-14. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Westbound main lanes at US Hwy 281. The left lane will close while crews set barrier.
Loop 1604 – West San Antonio
  • Tuesday, May 8 at 9 p.m. until Wednesday, May 9 at 5 a.m. Southbound main lanes between Hwy 151 and Valley Meadow Drive. The right lane will close while crews pave the new ramp.
  • Tuesday-Thursday, May 8-10. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Northbound main lanes at Marbach Road. The left lane will close while crews remove barrier.
Other roads – Converse
  • Monday, June 11 until Friday, August 24. FM 78 at FM 1516. The right turn lane will close while crews do road work. Oversized vehicles will use FM 3502 to reach its destination.
Other roads – New Braunfels
  • Tuesday-Wednesday, May 8-9. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Southbound Loop 337 between Hanz Drive and Gruene Road. The right lane will close while crews stage trucks to set bridge support beams.
Other roads – Helotes
  • Current and continuous until Friday, September 28. Northbound Bandera Road at FM 1560. The left turn lane will close while crews do road work. No left turns will be permitted. Traffic will continue to the next intersection and turn around to reach its destination. Cross traffic from Circle A is also blocked.
  • Tuesday, May 8 until Monday, July 2. Riggs Road, both directions, at FM 1560. All lanes will close while crews reconstruct the intersection. Through traffic on FM 1560 will continue but will not be able to turn onto Riggs Road. Traffic from Riggs Road will use Old Bandera Road to reach its destination.
Other roads – Boerne
  • Current until Friday, May 25. 8:30 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. nightly. Business Loop 87 (Main Street), both directions, between Bandera Road and the I-10 intersection north of Boerne. Alternating lanes will close while crews repair and resurface the road.
Other roads – Leon Springs
  • Friday, May 18 at 9 p.m. until Monday, May 21 at 5 a.m. Camp Bullis, both directions, at I-10. All lanes will close while crews set bridge support beams overhead. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turn around at the next intersection to reach its destination.
  • Friday, June 1 at 9 p.m. until Monday, June 4 at 5 a.m. Camp Bullis, both directions, at I-10. All lanes will close while crews set bridge support beams overhead. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turn around at the next intersection to reach its destination.
Other roads – Fair Oaks Ranch
  • Current and continuous until Friday, May 25 at 5 p.m. Buckskin Drive, both directions, at I-10. All lanes will close while crews rebuild the intersection. Traffic will use Teepee Lane and Indian Hills to reach its destination.
Other roads – North San Antonio
  • Monday, May 7 at 9 p.m. until Tuesday, May 8 at 5 a.m. Encino Rio, both directions, at US Hwy 281. The left lane will close while crews set barrier.
Other roads – West San Antonio
  • Tuesday, May 8 at 9 p.m. until Wednesday, May 9 at 5 a.m. Wiseman Boulevard, both directions, at Loop 1604. All lanes will close while crews install drain culverts. Traffic will follow the posted detour route.
Other roads – Northwest San Antonio
  • Monday-Friday, May 7-11. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Southbound Bandera Road between Legend Trail and Loop 1604. Alternating lanes will close while crews set barrier.
All closures are pending weather.

Wednesday, May 2

That other direct connector is about to open (and other fun stuff)

Pardon our shameless cliffhanger, but we won't get to the good stuff until later.
This morning's conference call revealed some big-time closures over the upcoming weeks. We'll give you the Cliffs Notes from what we had:


I-10 at Camp Bullis
Full closure of the westbound main lanes beginning Friday night, May 18, and continuing through Monday morning, May 21. We'll have a full closure of the eastbound main lanes June 1-4. During both closures we'll have Camp Bullis closed under I-10.
These closures are to set bridge support beams for the expansion of the main lanes. Traffic will exit Camp Bullis, continue through the intersection and re-enter the highway.
We are ensuring proper coverage by off-duty police to control traffic at the Camp Bullis intersection.


US Hwy 281
On the southbound frontage road of US Hwy 281 at Loop 1604, the left-turn lane will remain closed continuously through May 26. The south-to-north turnaround remains open.
This allows crews to work on bridge support structures overhead.


I-35 at New Braunfels Ave
We have one more bridge pour coming, but no timeframe yet from the contractor. We're working to get that so we can get the notice out and finish this project up.


Loop 1604 northwest
Expect routine overnight closures at Wiseman Boulevard while crews reconstruct the intersection and install new signal poles.
Nightly closures of the US Hwy 90 main lanes at Loop 1604 will happen through the next week or so; we'll also close nightly the west-to-east turnaround at Loop 1604. All this is for bridge work.
By the way, that little spot on the northbound main lanes of Loop 1604 just north of Marbach, where traffic squeezes down to a single lane, should open back up to two lanes by the middle of May. Webber Construction ran into a utility conflict while doing some road expansion work and have gotten that conflict resolved. Look for that to open up and provide the relief folks have clamored for by the middle of this month.
Also ... that south-to-north turnaround at US Hwy 90 should be opened by the end of the month. We know it's a month later than we'd hoped; we ran into some issues with the new traffic signals system.
Thank you for your patience on this one, and thanks for not breaking out the hammocks when stuck in traffic.


I-410 at US 90
No major closures happening beyond the nightly closures of all main lanes of I-410 at US 90; we should be done pouring concrete there by the end of next week if all goes well.


I-35 SAMMC
Overnight work continues to finish the overhead highway lights mounted to the center median. We're also working on some ramps and the frontage roads. All of this should only impact overnight traffic.
On the bright side, Lane Construction is saying they should be finished with all work by the end of June.


I-410 at Hwy 151
Here's the big one:
The new eastbound Hwy 151 connector to northbound I-410 will open this weekend.
That's right; it's happening. And it's happening much earlier than expected. The overall project completion wasn't set to happen until the end of this summer ... but we're seeing enough light at the end of the tunnel to believe we'll have this one knocked out by mid-summer at the latest. We even reported an estimated completion of this one direct connector as the end of this month when we toured the project with our staff last month, and we still beat that expectation date.
If you ask us, that's pretty cool.
Of course, in order for us to get that connector opened up we'll need major closures on eastbound Hwy 151 and northbound I-410 starting Friday night and wrapping up by Monday morning.
The bottom line: Monday's morning commuters won't have to go through the intersections of Hwy 151 and I-410 or of I-410 and Military Drive to reach the northbound lanes of I-410. Traffic will be in its final configuration instead.
This leaves one last spot of work for the project: the southbound I-410 entrance from Culebra Road. You'll see increased effort on that ramp and should see it open up by the end of June if all goes well.
Once that ramp is done Williams Brothers will go back and lay the final surface of asphalt for the project. Yes, traffic is in its final configuration ... but the road surface itself isn't final. Please don't call us to tell us how bad it is - it's temporary until the project is finished.

Mail Bag: Apologetic replies to some tough questions on I-10 at Scenic Loop, Camp Bullis and on Loop 1604 at US 90

Last the Hillcrest residences saw on this blog was that there was going to be a temp turn around (to get Northbound on Lp 1604) between Marbach and
US 90 by mid April and the permanent turn around by the end of April. Are we still on track for those completion dates?
- J Sutfin

Clearly that didn't happen by the end of April, as we're now in May. Webber Construction is now saying they'll have it ready by the end of May.
Webber encountered a conflict with a signal pole and a drain structure when building and had to make some adjustments to the plans. They've also had some struggles with the signal control boxes that are now being fixed.
The new northbound lanes on Loop 1604 have been paved but need the signals to be operational before we can move traffic over. We're waiting to switch traffic to build the new turnaround.
It's all contingent, bottom line, on the signals. We've had our electricians at work on the issue through the last few weeks, and we're confident we'll get it done before the end of may.
Were it not for the conflict we didn't catch in the plans, we'd have had this set and ready by now - we do regret the delay and understand the direct impact it has on the lives of those in the Hillcrest subdivision.


Did you really think closing ALL of I-10 was a good idea? We will be avoiding Texas on our way back from Florida, and I hope somebody gets fired! Nobody else does this stupid stuff and then posts "Sorry".
- Roy

You guys close I-10 by Camp Bullis on a weekend? I had to pass by there this morning around 8:45 and no one is working. I passed by there again around 10:30 and 12:00 and still no one is working on the highway. How can you close I-10 on an weekend and no one is working on the construction?
The only people that were there were some cops helping direct traffic?
- Marc
I-10 Closure at Camp Bullis -- You have the lights set at Camp Bullis on flashing Red effectively running and entire interstate trough a stop sign. Can we please get a flashing yellow to keep the flow moving and not have all complete stops. The cross road under the bridge is closed so flashing yellow is more appropriate.
- Tim
First of all, we're always - always - going to have a major closure like this over a weekend rather than do it during the middle of the week. Full closures of the highway are a very normal thing across the United States as we safely construct the roads. We say "sorry" because we know it's inconvenient and we want to recognize the frustrations of others. Sorry, Roy, but nobody got fired over having that closure that was planned and publicized.
We were supposed to have officers directing traffic at the intersection to keep traffic flowing. We understand there was a small gap in coverage on that during a shift change; we've since addressed that issue (one that's unacceptable to us as well).
The bottom line: the closure was necessary (and it's something you'll see happen again as the summer nears). It's also something we know how to do well, and we know the hang-ups weren't reflective of the job we know how to do. We'll do better the next time.

WTH is the delay on the work under I-10 at Scenic Loop? They just completely stopped the work months ago, and now they just push dirt around occasionally. I was by there this past week and I saw a worker literally sleeping in his work truck.
- Joe (via Facebook)
Joe, to quickly recap the way this project has gone we started with working on the storm drain system, installed drain inlets, tore out the old roadway to rebuild it then build curb and sidewalks. Some of that work is more visible and obvious than other work is.
Right now the weather is the determining factor on when we'll have the final surface of asphalt in place - if we have dry enough weather we'll be able to lay asphalt this week. That means we'll have it all striped by mid-May and be out of the way and gone.
That, of course, depends heavily on weather. We can't very well lay asphalt or paint in wet weather.
As for the guy in the truck, there's a good chance he was doing paperwork and looked like he was out cold. Our inspectors office out of their white TxDOT trucks and can often be seen with their head down while working on their project paperwork.
That said, if you ever do see any of our guys, in their white TxDOT trucks, sleeping while in their trucks please let us know directly. Unless it's during the normal lunch hour timeframe - those guys work long and hard hours and may be taking a much-needed power break, but we need to make sure they're doing the jobs they're paid to do.
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