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Friday, October 30

Next week's construction-related closures

I-10 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Sunday-Wednesday, November 1-4. 8:30 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. nightly. Westbound main lanes between Fredericksburg and DeZavala roads. The two right lanes will close while crews clean the bridge and work on punch-list items.
  • Wednesday-Friday, November 4-6. 8:30 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. nightly. Eastbound main lanes between DeZavala and Huebner roads. The two right lanes will close while crews clean the bridge and work on punch-list items.
I-10 – Downtown San Antonio
  • Sunday-Thursday, November 1-5. 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Eastbound main lanes between I-35 and I-37. The center lane will close while crews lay asphalt.
I-35 – Northeast San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, November 1-6. 9 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. nightly. Northbound exit to westbound I-410. The right lane will close while crews do road work.
  • Monday-Friday, November 2-6. 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. daily. Northbound exit to westbound I-410. The right lane will close while crews do road work.
I-35 – East San Antonio
  • Current until January 2016. 9 p.m. Exit ramps, both directions, to Eisenhauer Road. The ramps will close while crews build a new exit ramp. Traffic will use the next available ramp and turn around to reach Eisenhauer Road.
  • Current until January 2016. 9 p.m. Northbound entrance ramp from Eisenhauer Road. The ramp will close while crews build a new entrance ramp. Traffic will use the next available ramp.
  • Sunday-Friday, November 1-6. 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. daily. Frontage road, both directions, between George Beach and Windcrest Drive. Alternating lanes will close while crews do road work.
  • Sunday-Friday, November 1-6. Southbound main lanes between Thousand Oaks and Eisenhauer. Alternating lanes will close while crews work on highway signs.
  • Sunday-Friday, November 1-6. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between Binz-Engleman and AT&T Center Parkway. Alternating lanes will close while crews do road work.
  • Sunday-Friday, November 1-6. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Frontage road, both directions, between Rittiman and Walzem. Alternating lanes will close while crews repair the roadway.
  • Sunday-Friday, November 1-6. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Frontage road, both directions, between Binz-Engleman and AT&T Center Parkway. Alternating lanes will close while crews move barrier.
  • Sunday-Friday, November 1-6. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Turnarounds, both directions, at Salado Creek. The turnarounds will be closed while crews do bridge work.
  • Sunday-Friday, November 1-6. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between Walzem and George Beach. Alternating lanes, two at a time, will close while crews do road work.
  • Monday-Friday, November 2-6. 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. daily. Frontage road, both directions, between Rittiman and Walzem. Alternating lanes will close while crews repair roadway.
  • Monday-Friday, November 2-6. 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. Frontage road, both directions, between Binz-Engleman and AT&T Center Parkway. Alternating lanes will close while crews do bridge work.
  • Monday-Friday, November 2-6. 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. Turnarounds, both directions, at Salado Creek. The turnarounds will be closed while crews do bridge work.
I-35 – Downtown San Antonio
  • Sunday-Thursday, November 1-5. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Southbound main lanes between Pin Street and I-37. Alternating lanes will close while crews resurface the roadway.
I-37 – Pleasanton
  • Monday, November 2. 5 a.m. until 3 p.m. Northbound main lanes at Leal Road. Alternating lanes, as needed, will close while crews pour concrete.
I-410 – North-central San Antonio
  • Wednesday-Friday, November 4-6. 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Frontage road, both directions, between McCullough and U.S. Hwy 281. Alternating lanes will close while crews do surface asphalt work.
  • Wednesday-Friday, November 6-8. 8 p.m. until 8 a.m. nightly. Frontage road, both directions, between McCullough and U.S. Hwy 281. Alternating lanes will close while crews do surface asphalt work.
I-410 – East San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, November 1-6. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Northbound connector to northbound I-35. Alternating lanes will close while crews move barrier.
I-410 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, November 1-6. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Northbound frontage road between Culebra and Ingram roads. The two right lanes will close while crews set barrier.
  • Sunday-Friday, November 1-6. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Southbound frontage road between Ingram and Military roads. The two right lanes will close while crews restripe the frontage roads.
Loop 1604 – Northeast San Antonio
  • Wednesday, November 4. 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Eastbound main lanes at Kitty Hawk Road. The right lane will close while crews drill foundations for overhead highway lights.
Loop 1604 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Monday-Sunday, November 2-8. 10 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. nightly. Southbound frontage road between New Guilbeau and Culebra roads. The right lane will close while crews place barrier.
  • Monday-Sunday, 2-8. 9 a.m. until 4 a.m. daily. Southbound frontage road between Shaenfield and Culebra roads. The right lane will close while crews work on curbs and sidewalks.
  • Monday-Sunday, November 2-8. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. nightly. Southbound frontage road at Alamo Ranch Parkway. The left lane will close while crews build bridge support structures.
  • Thursday, November 5. Southbound entrance ramp from Bandera Road. The ramp will close while crews build new ramps. Traffic will continue along the frontage road and enter the main lanes at Braun Road.
Hwy 151 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Tuesday-Wednesday, November 3-4. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Eastbound frontage road between I-410 and Potranco Road. The left lane will close while crews set barrier.
  • Tuesday-Wednesday, November 3-4. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Eastbound main lanes between I-410 and Potranco Road.
Other roads – North-central San Antonio
  • Sunday-Thursday, November 1-5. 8 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. nightly. Northbound San Pedro (Spur 537) between I-410 and U.S. Hwy 281. Alternating lanes will close while crews resurface the road.
  • Sunday-Wednesday, November 1-4. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Northbound Northwest Military (FM 1535) between I-410 and Huebner Road. Alternating lanes will close for maintenance work.
Other roads – East San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, November 1-6. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Westbound Rittiman Road at I-35. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turnaround at the next available intersection.
  • Sunday-Friday, November 1-6. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Eastbound Rittiman Road at I-35. The left lane will close while crews do overhead bridge work.
  • Monday-Tuesday, November 2-3. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Westbound Eisenhauer Road at I-35. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turnaround at the next available intersection.
  • Monday-Tuesday, November 2-3. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Eastbound Eisenhauer Road at I-35. The left lane will close while crews do overhead bridge work.
  • Monday-Wednesday, November 2-4. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Eastbound Rittiman Road at I-35. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turnaround at the next available intersection.
  • Monday-Wednesday, November 2-4. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Westbound Rittiman Road at I-35. The left lane will close while crews do overhead bridge work.
  • Tuesday-Thursday, November 3-5. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Eastbound Eisenhauer Road at I-35. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turnaround at the next available intersection.
  • Tuesday-Thursday, November 3-5. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Westbound Eisenhauer Road at I-35. The left lane will close while crews do overhead bridge work.
  • Thursday-Friday, November 5-6. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Westbound Eisenhauer Road at I-35. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turnaround at the next available intersection.
  • Thursday-Friday, November 5-6. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Eastbound Eisenhauer Road at I-35. The left lane will close while crews do overhead bridge work.
Other roads – Northwest San Antonio
  • Monday-Friday, November 1-6. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Eastbound Alamo Ranch Parkway at Loop 1604. The right lane will close while crews load material.
  • Wednesday-Friday, November 4-6. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Eastbound Bandera Road (state Highway 16) between Eckert Road and Loop 1604. Alternating lanes will close while crews do maintenance work.
  • Wednesday-Friday, November 4-6. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Eastbound Bandera Road (state Highway 16) between I-410 and Huebner Road. Alternating lanes will close while crews do maintenance work.
All closures are pending weather.

Thursday, October 29

Mail Bag (1 of 2): Wurzbach speed limits (again), potholes, highway signs, Loop 1604 northeast

To those who've reached out to us reporting potholes ... thank you! Those reports have been passed along to the appropriate folks and will be addressed as soon as possible. As for other questions, we've got two Mail Bag posts this week (look for 2 of 2 this weekend).

With just about everyone having access to Google Maps and or cell phones, why don't you include a GPS coordinate description option? This would eliminate cumbersome requested information. Your road crews have cell phones with that resource. Those reporting who don't have a GPS coordinate, can use the other descriptive sources.
- Ruben


Not a bad option, Ruben - provided those using the GPS feature to report the potholes were passengers only. Unfortunately, not enough folks have gotten the message that use of a mobile device - to call or to text - while driving is an extremely poor decision, so we're not about to start providing more opportunities for a bad choice.
Also, as luck would have it, our crews are actually not equipped with fancy GPS gear. We go by good, old-fashioned cross streets and mile markers for the most part. Sure, some of our guys have their own personal cell phones ... but not all have state-issued devices.
That said, if you submit a report with a GPS coordinate, we'll pass it along the same as the others!

Not a question, more of an observation. The questions regarding the speed limit on PA 1502 (Wurzbach Parkway) likely stem from the fact that it feels like it was designed for 60 and the local PD has been providing frequent written and costly reminders that it is currently 45.
- Bill


Bill, we've addressed this issue before. More than once, actually. That said, the issue should be adjusted pretty darned soon - the Texas Transportation Commission discussed this topic in today's commission meeting.

How do I keep myself safe going the 45 MPH posted speed when people are zooming around me going 60-70 MPH? Do I risk getting a ticket to keep up with them?
- Anonymous


The best advice we have is to be patient. As we've discussed before and in the question above, this issue will be completely resolved very, very soon....

Now that all the lanes are open on Loop 1604 on the Northeast Side between Universal City and I-10, would it be possible to have the traffic lights optimized in this area to improve the flow of traffic on Loop 1604? I drive 1604 daily, and I frequently hit every red light between I-10 and I-35, driving with the flow of traffic and at the speed limit. It would really help the flow in this area if the lights were timed better.
- David


Those signals, like most in the region, operate on a VIVD system and are optimized. We have to balance the timing of the signals on your route with the timing of signals on other routes. Heck, most of us have days where we feel like we hit every signal along the way. Every. Single. One. (SO frustrating....)
The signals are optimized, but we can make sure the detection cameras are clean and working as designed. Thanks for letting us know!
By the way, most signals in San Antonio - even those on state-maintained roads - are controlled by the city of San Antonio Transportation and Capital Improvements division.

On Loop 1604 between Braun and Culebra, would it be possible to have Williams Brothers close the third lane, in particular southbound before the turnaround to New Guilbeau and northbound after the turnaround? I recognize that these lanes feed into the turnarounds; however, it seems like it has transformed into a lane for opportunists rather than those desiring to turn left (at the aforementioned areas) and would improve the flow of traffic by eliminating another merge point.
- Ryan


This has been suggested more than once, and we've looked into it with pretty great detail. The problem is, per the engineers who've studied this option and run some models, this will create an even bigger problem with traffic flow than what's out there now.
On the plus side, as was written earlier this week, we could have the intersections at New Guilbeau and (with a little luck...) Shaenfield open to traffic as early as Christmas. That will help us adjust the way things look out there and help stop the folks who are cutting in line as you've observed.

Why are there no overhead signs indicating that the exit lanes on northbound US 281 at Brook Hollow and at Oak Shadows/Winding Way, as well as on eastbound I-410 at Airport Avenue, are exit only? Additionally, there are new signs along US 281 in the vicinity of Wurzbach Parkway that indicate the entrance ramps merge directly into the main lanes of 281. This is not the case. The ramps have their own dedicated lanes that turn into exit only lanes further along.
- Travis


We used to have those northbound US 281 exits marked as you've indicated - and the pavement is marked accordingly. Let us double-check with our traffic operations folks to ensure these markings are appropriate.
The southbound traffic issues you've identified should be corrected by now (in fairness, Travis sent his note to us a few weeks ago and these issues have been resolved, or mostly resolved, in the meantime).

When will the bicycle path west of Jones Maltsberger Road open for use?
- Tom


We're hoping by the end of the year! The rains put a hurt on some of what we've built down there, but we're working to get it all repaired and up to snuff again. Honestly, our contractor wants to be done and over with the project so all resources can be moved to a new job ... so you can bet you'll be riding through the whole thing well ahead of Christmas (and might even be able to do so by Thanksgiving).


How can we get a yellow flashing turn signal from southbound Randolph Boulevard onto eastbound Crestway Drive in northeast San Antonio that will prevent one from having to wait through two light changes to make a left turn?
- Terry


The area you've asked about doesn't fall within the authority of the state's highway department. However, Terry, we've already passed your request along to the good folks with the city of San Antonio - you should hear from them soon!

Wednesday, October 28

Loop 1604 Northwest, I-10 Leon Springs

The two biggest jobs on the northwest side of San Antonio and Bexar County are the expansion of Loop 1604 between Bandera and Culebra roads and the work along I-10 between Dominion Drive and Boerne Stage Road. Both projects are moving quickly, and it's time again to look at what's going on.

Loop 1604 Northwest

Those who've not driven through the area in a while will likely be surprised to see the overall form of the overpass at New Guilbeau Road in place - including bridge support beams already in place - and the overpass at Shaenfield Road starting to take shape. The overpass at Braun Road is nearly finished (the biggest portions of work, at least) with the approaches to the bridge structure remaining.

Bridge crews have moved to the New Guilbeau Bridge, which had beams set to form the bridge itself earlier this month. Bridge deck panels are scheduled to be set on the northbound bridge through this week, with concrete crews following next week to pour concrete on the bridge deck. The southbound side will follow up, with the deck there being formed before Thanksgiving. That will leave the barrier, which should wrap up by the end of November.
Trucks loaded with bridge deck panels wait to be unloaded at New Guilbeau Road this week.
Here's what that means for those driving the corridor: the New Guilbeau intersection should reopen for traffic - in full - by Christmas. That's a moving target that's still subject to change, but if things go well we could see traffic running through the New Guilbeau intersection in December.

The overpasses still won't be in use until summer 2016, at the earliest. Before those can be put into use new exit and entrance ramps need to be built. While crews are starting to do that work north of Braun Road, the completed overpass at New Guilbeau is necessary before work in that area can come. By the way, that work north of Braun - particularly along the southbound frontage road coming from Bandera - will mean the entrance ramp from Bandera will close November 15.

Then there's the Shaenfield intersection. We won't have the actual bridge structure up by the end of November, but the retaining walls and the columns and abutments should all be put in place by the end of the month. That means in December we could see those beams set, deck panels put in place and concrete poured. A lot has to happen, but the good folks at Williams Brothers Construction are saying it's absolutely possible for folks to see the form of the bridge at Shaenfield by the end of this year.
Retaining walls forming the bridge approaches at Shaenfield Road are going up and getting higher every day.
Meanwhile a hefty effort is going into work at the new connector from southbound Loop 1604 to eastbound Hwy 151. Crews are working on the southbound frontage road of Loop 1604 at Alamo Ranch Parkway, drilling bridge support shafts to form the overpass that will carry Hwy 151 over the Loop 1604 main lanes as well as the direct connector that will keep traffic from Loop 1604 onto Hwy 151 from being stopped at a traffic signal.
In the center, a row of drill shafts that will support the Hwy 151 main lane bridge over Loop 1604 are in place; on either side the columns that will support the southbound Lp 1604 ramp to eastbound Hwy 151 are also in place. Crews could be ready to set beams at this location as early as the first part of the new year.
The overall project is on pace to be finished by the end of 2016, though project staff are hinting they could wrap up a little early.

I-10 Leon Springs

On this project we have some great news and some good news - we'll stay positive for both.

Good news first: starting November 16 (a Monday) Texas Sterling Construction will begin expanding the frontage road bridge over Leon Creek on the westbound side. This is the two-way bridge between Boerne Stage Road and Aue Road. During this work the bridge will be limited to a single lane and only travel one way.

Here's what this means for drivers in the area: Beginning November 16 traffic between Boerne Stage Road and Aue Road will be westbound only. This is a temporary situation, though it will last through the end of the year. Traffic between the westbound exit ramp to Ralph Fair Road and Aue Road will continue to be two-way.

Now for the great news: We have finally received word major utility conflicts that have held us up on finishing the new westbound frontage road between the current Boerne Stage Road exit ramp (which will be converted to an entrance ramp from Dominion Drive) and Boerne Stage Road have been cleared. Texas Sterling will be able to go full-speed on the new frontage road and turnaround at Boerne Stage Road, meaning we are that much closer to being able to convert the frontage roads between Dominion Drive and Boerne Stage Road to one-way.

That conversion is not set to happen until the intersection improvements at Boerne Stage Road and at Dominion Drive are complete. Don't expect the frontage roads to switch to one-way until after the new year at the current work pace. A firm date for completion of the work approaching Boerne Stage will be known later this week.

Overall project completion for this job is summer 2016.

Tuesday, October 27

Well, that escalated quickly! 151-410 update.

Less than three weeks ago a number of folks representing TxDOT, Williams Brothers Construction, the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and other interested parties gathered to celebrate the start of construction on two direct-connector ramps between Hwy 151 and I-410.

Williams Brothers sure didn't waste any time getting to work. Over the last two weeks they've gone through and set up their work zone and already started building foundations for bridge support structures. For drivers in the area, this means more than just a bunch of orange signs in the area.

For those who use the frontage roads of I-410 immediately north of Hwy 151 (in both directions), one lane has been eliminated. This is a long-term solution that avoids intermittent lane closures through the area while providing WB with adequate space to do their work around-the-clock, as we've come to expect on projects like this. The result is a few added minutes to the daily commute, but to date the issue hasn't proven terrible (though admittedly not fun for those who drive it).

Folks should be aware of overnight closures that may be employed as needed to do a variety of tasks on this project. Those closures will be announced weekly right here on the blog.

The overall project adds two direct connectors; one running traffic from eastbound Hwy 151 onto northbound I-410 and one running traffic from southbound I-410 onto westbound Hwy 151. These were selected based on where the heaviest traffic flow is at.

We are also building an auxiliary lane along both directions of I-410 between Hwy 151 and Ingram Road to allow a better flow for drivers at this traffic pinch-point. Some entrance and exit ramp realignments will also help improve things.

The project will be finished in 2017. Several traffic shifts will take place in that time - each major shift will be announced right here on our blog.

The existing situation, with traffic trimmed to two lanes on the northbound and southbound frontage roads of I-10 between Hwy 151 and the Slick Ranch Creek bridges, will remain until summer 2016.

Monday, October 26

First comes rain, then comes ... well, you know.

We all saw this in May. And in June. For this year, at least, these things crop up more than zombies in World War Z. It makes sense, of course - we're on pace to see more precipitation this year than we've seen since 2007 (and 2007 is the wettest year San Antonio has seen this century).

If only we had Brad Pitt as one of our staff members, we'd solve this forever!

We're talking about potholes. Well, pavement failures of all sorts, really. It's what our maintenance guys spend thousands of hours each year combating, and we can use your help to do it.

Here's the deal: we don't have anyone to just drive around to find problems. We don't have sensors in the roadway to alert us of issues. We rely on folks to tell us where there are problems. We do have a department policy where, as full-time employees, we are asked to report any issues we see in our own driving. With hundreds of employees in the San Antonio region, this gives us decent coverage.

You might see something we don't, however. So if you do see something, help us out! Give us a call and report a pothole or other pavement issue, and we'll put it on our list to be addressed immediately. Here's what you'll need before you dial the phone:
  • Highway you saw the issue on
  • Direction you were driving (N, S, E or W)
  • Nearest cross streets
  • Which lane you were in (left, right, center)
  • Nature of the issue you saw
One very important note: The Texas Department of Transportation is charged with maintaining state highways only. This means roads that have a state highway designation of some sort. This includes Interstate highways (I-10, I-35, I-37 and I-410), US Highways (like US 90 or US 281), Texas Highways (like Hwy 151 or Hwy 46), Farm-to-Market roads (like FM 1560 or FM 2696) and state spurs or loops (like Loop 1604 or Spur 53 or Spur 537).

If it's not a state-maintained road, reach out to the good folks with the city in which you're traveling or your county. They're likely in the same boat we're in, trying to catch up and keep up with the damage from such deluges as we've seen this year.

Oh, yeah ... here's our number:

210.615.1110

Friday, October 23

Next week's construction-related closures

I-10 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, October 25-30. 8:30 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. nightly. Frontage road, both directions between Loop 1604 and Huebner Road. Alternating lanes will close for road work.
  • Sunday-Friday, October 25-30. 8:30 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between Huebner Road and Loop 1604. Alternating lanes will close for road work.
  • Monday-Friday, October 26-30. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Frontage road, both directions, between Loop 1604 and Huebner Road. Alternating lanes will close for road work.
  • Tuesday-Friday, October 27-30. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Westbound main lanes between Medical Drive and Huebner Road. The two right lanes will close while crews resurface the roadway.
I-35 – East San Antonio
  • Current until January 2016. 9 p.m. Exit ramps, both directions, to Eisenhauer Road. The ramps will close while crews build a new exit ramp. Traffic will use the next available ramp and turn around to reach Eisenhauer Road.
  • Current until January 2016. 9 p.m. Northbound entrance ramp from Eisenhauer Road. The ramp will close while crews build a new entrance ramp. Traffic will use the next available ramp.
  • Saturday, October 24. 5 a.m. until 5 p.m. Northbound main lanes between AT&T Center Parkway and Binz-Engleman. The two left lanes will close while crews move barrier.
  • Sunday-Friday, October 25-30. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between Binz-Engleman and AT&T Center Parkway. Alternating lanes will close while crews do road work.
  • Sunday-Friday, October 25-30. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Frontage road, both directions, between Rittiman and Walzem. Alternating lanes will close while crews repair the roadway.
  • Sunday-Friday, October 25-30. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Frontage road, both directions, between Binz-Engleman and AT&T Center Parkway. Alternating lanes will close while crews move barrier.
  • Sunday-Friday, October 25-30. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Turnarounds, both directions, at Salado Creek. The turnarounds will be closed while crews do bridge work.
  • Sunday-Friday, October 25-30. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between Walzem and George Beach. Alternating lanes, two at a time, will close while crews do road work.
  • Monday-Friday, October 26-30. 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. daily. Frontage road, both directions, between Rittiman and Walzem. Alternating lanes will close while crews repair roadway.
  • Monday-Friday, October 26-30. 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. Frontage road, both directions, between Binz-Engleman and AT&T Center Parkway. Alternating lanes will close while crews do bridge work.
  • Monday-Friday, October 26-30. 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. Turnarounds, both directions, at Salado Creek. The turnarounds will be closed while crews do bridge work.
I-35 – Northeast San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, October 25-30. 9 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. nightly. Northbound exit to westbound I-410. The right lane will close while crews do road work.
  • Monday-Friday, October 26-30. 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. daily. Northbound exit to westbound I-410. The right lane will close while crews do road work.
I-35 – Downtown San Antonio
  • Sunday-Monday, October 25-26. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Northbound main lanes between McCullough Avenue and U.S. Hwy 281. Alternating lanes will close while crews install concrete barrier.
  • Tuesday-Friday, October 27-30. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Southbound main lanes at U.S. Hwy 281. Alternating lanes will close while crews mill and overlay the roadway.
I-410 – Northeast San Antonio
  • Sunday, October 25. 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Eastbound connector to southbound I-35. The ramp will close while crews with Union Pacific Rail Road do repair work. Traffic will use northbound I-35, exit Thousand Oaks, turn around and enter southbound I-35 to reach its destination.
I-410 – East San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, October 25-30. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Northbound connector to northbound I-35. Alternating lanes will close while crews move barrier.
I-410 – Southeast San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, October 25-30. 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between I-10 and I-37. Alternating lanes will close while crews do road work.
  • Tuesday-Friday, October 27-30. 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Southbound connector ramps to I-37. The ramps will close while crews do road work. Traffic will exit South Presa, turn around and use the northbound I-410 ramps to I-37.
I-410 – Southwest San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, October 25-30. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. nightly. Northbound main lanes between I-35 and Medina Base Road. The left lane will close while crews work on guardrail.
I-410 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, October 25-30. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Northbound frontage road between state Hwy 151 and Ingram Road. The two right lanes will close while crews set barrier.
I-410 – North-central San Antonio
  • Wednesday-Friday, November 4-6. 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Frontage road, both directions, between McCullough and U.S. Hwy 281. Alternating lanes will close while crews do surface asphalt work.
  • Wednesday-Friday, November 6-8. 8 p.m. until 8 a.m. nightly. Frontage road, both directions, between McCullough and U.S. Hwy 281. Alternating lanes will close while crews do surface asphalt work.
  • Loop 1604 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Monday, October 26-Friday, November 6. 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. continuous. Southbound frontage road between Bandera and Braun roads. The left lane will close while crews do road work.
  • Monday-Sunday, October 25-November 1. 10 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. nightly. Southbound frontage road between New Guilbeau and Shaenfield roads. The right lane will close while crews work on curbs and sidewalks.
  • Monday-Sunday, October 25-November 1. 10 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. nightly. Frontage roads, both directions, between Bandera and Braun roads. The left lane will close while crews place barrier.
  • Monday-Sunday, October 25-November 1. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. nightly. Southbound frontage road at Alamo Ranch Parkway. Alternating lanes will close while crews build bridge support structures.
Hwy 151 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Sunday-Tuesday, October 25-27. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Westbound main lanes between I-410 and Potranco Road. The right lane will close while crews set concrete barrier.
Other roads – North-central San Antonio
  • Tuesday-Thursday, October 27-29. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Wurzbach Parkway between Blanco Road and Northwest Military. Alternating lanes will close while crews do maintenance work.
  • Wednesday-Friday, October 28-30. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Blanco Road (FM 2696) between West Avenue and I-410. Alternating lanes will close while crews do maintenance work.
  • Thursday-Friday, October 29-30. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Northwest Military (FM 1535) between Huebner Road and I-410. Alternating lanes will close while crews do maintenance work.
Other roads – East San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, October 25-30. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Westbound Rittiman Road at I-35. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turnaround at the next available intersection.
  • Sunday-Friday, October 25-30. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Eastbound Rittiman Road at I-35. The left lane will close while crews do overhead bridge work
  • Monday-Tuesday, October 26-27. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Westbound Eisenhauer Road at I-35. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turnaround at the next available intersection.
  • Monday-Tuesday, October 26-27. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Eastbound Eisenhauer Road at I-35. The left lane will close while crews do overhead bridge work.
  • Monday-Wednesday, October 26-28. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Eastbound Rittiman Road at I-35. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turnaround at the next available intersection.
  • Monday-Wednesday, October 26-28. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Westbound Rittiman Road at I-35. The left lane will close while crews do overhead bridge work
  • Tuesday-Thursday, October 27-29. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Eastbound Eisenhauer Road at I-35. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turnaround at the next available intersection.
  • Tuesday-Thursday, October 27-29. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Westbound Eisenhauer Road at I-35. The left lane will close while crews do overhead bridge work.
  • Thursday-Friday, October 29-30. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Westbound Eisenhauer Road at I-35. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turnaround at the next available intersection.
  • Thursday-Friday, October 29-30. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Eastbound Eisenhauer Road at I-35. The left lane will close while crews do overhead bridge work.
All closures are pending weather.

Wednesday, October 21

Where we're going, we don't need roads. Oh, wait....

So, the one "prophecy" of BTTF2 we are certainly bummed didn't come to fruition is that of Doc Brown. Well, technically the magic phrase was in BTTF1, but who's really keeping track?



Well, we still need roads.

That's why, with the appropriation of Proposition 1 money approved by Texas voters a year ago, we're working hard to build quality roads for folks to drive. In fact, three major projects have started (or are about to start) this fall. Here's a look:

Hwy 151 and I-410

This project is clearly the flagship project of our 2015 Prop 1 program, and we held a groundbreaking of the event earlier this month. The project is simple in its goal, but has a lot of moving parts.

The biggest item is the addition of direct connectors. We're not building all eight, but we are taking care of the connectors we need the most. That means the eastbound Hwy 151 to northbound I-410 traffic and the southbound I-410 to westbound Hwy 151 folks will be given their own ramps, easing the congestion along the frontage roads at this intersection as well as the back-up occurring along I-410 during the evening rush.

We are also adding some significant improvements to the way I-410 works between Hwy 151 and Ingram Road. The biggest change will be for folks headed southbound on I-410 looking to access the businesses at the corner of Hwy 151 and I-410. You know, where Target and Gander Mountain are at. Those folks will, when we're all done, exit before reaching Military - and follow a special ramp that will actually bridge over Military to get folks through to where they need to go. Entrance ramps along this corridor will blend into an added auxiliary lane so as to continue the flow of traffic on the main lanes.

On the northbound side folks will see some ramp adjustments to promote a stronger flow of traffic - particularly ahead of Culebra Road. For details, take a look at our schematic posted online.

Total project cost is $81.8 million and will take nearly three years to build.

I-10 at Old Fredericksburg Road

The next phase in the continual development of I-10 through northwest Bexar County adds a new overpass at Old Fredericksburg Road, where the large Mr. W Fireworks stand now sits. In addition to the new overpass (which will effectively connect Old Fredericksburg Road with Buckskin Drive, by the way) we are converting the frontage roads between Ralph Fair Road and Fair Oaks Drive to one-way.

This conversion is a safety measure, eliminating two-way frontage roads in an area that's continually growing in order to reduce the chances of wrong-way drivers on the main lanes. Here's a look at what the whole thing will look like when we're done (please forgive the use of IH 10 in lieu of the correct I-10):


Total project cost is $31.1 million and will take a little more than two years to construct.

US Hwy 90

This project has been a long time in coming, and serves a major primary purpose: improve safety along this corridor in west San Antonio and Bexar County by converting the frontage roads to one-way. Most of the impact of this construction will occur around Hunt Lane and over Medio Creek.

In fact, we'll be adding an auxiliary lane to US 90 on the main lanes over Medio Creek, meaning we'll be doing a significant amount of bridge work there.

We're also constructing a west-to-east turnaround at Loop 1604. For a look at details of the project layout, take a look at the aerial overview posted online.

Total project cost for this job is $20.1 million and will take a little more than two years to finish.

Prop 1

The full story here is Texas voters gave the state a little more than $1.7 billion to use for transportation construction through Proposition 1 in 2014. The measure has accelerated dozens of projects state-wide and brought more than $147 million to the San Antonio region, and TxDOT engineers quickly began working with the Alamo Area MPO and other local agencies to find a way to best use that money to bring major improvements. This collaboration is continuing for future years, with a keen eye on projects needed for regional mobility. For fiscal year 2016, this means a great deal of work on I-10 east of San Antonio.

In the meantime, state and local leaders continue to seek more funding options to help us provide relief for Texas drivers and keep Texas moving. At least, until we finally see those flying cars show up - at which time we'll happily step aside and allow the FAA to take over.

Friday, October 16

Next week's construction-related closures

I-10 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, October 18-23. 8:30 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. nightly. Frontage road, both directions between Loop 1604 and Huebner Road. Alternating lanes will close for road work.
  • Sunday-Friday, October 18-23. 8:30 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between Huebner Road and Loop 1604. Alternating lanes will close for road work.
  • Monday-Friday, October 19-23. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Frontage road, both directions, between Loop 1604 and Huebner Road. Alternating lanes will close for road work.
I-35 – East San Antonio
  • Current until January 2016. 9 p.m. Exit ramps, both directions, to Eisenhauer Road. The ramps will close while crews build a new exit ramp. Traffic will use the next available ramp and turn around to reach Eisenhauer Road.
  • Current until January 2016. 9 p.m. Northbound entrance ramp from Eisenhauer Road. The ramp will close while crews build a new entrance ramp. Traffic will use the next available ramp.
  • Saturday, October 17. 5 a.m. until 5 p.m. Northbound main lanes between AT&T Center Parkway and Binz-Engleman. The two left lanes will close while crews move barrier.
  • Sunday-Friday, October 18-23. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between Binz-Engleman and AT&T Center Parkway. Alternating lanes will close while crews do road work.
  • Sunday-Friday, October 18-23. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Frontage road, both directions, between Rittiman and Walzem. Alternating lanes will close while crews repair the roadway.
  • Sunday-Friday, October 18-23. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Frontage road, both directions, between Binz-Engleman and AT&T Center Parkway. Alternating lanes will close while crews move barrier.
  • Sunday-Friday, October 18-23. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Turnarounds, both directions, at Salado Creek. The turnarounds will be closed while crews do bridge work.
  • Sunday-Friday, October 18-23. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between Walzem and George Beach. Alternating lanes, two at a time, will close while crews do road work.
  • Monday-Friday, October 18-23. 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. daily. Frontage road, both directions, between Rittiman and Walzem. Alternating lanes will close while crews repair roadway.
  • Monday-Friday, October 19-23. 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. Frontage road, both directions, between Binz-Engleman and AT&T Center Parkway. Alternating lanes will close while crews do bridge work.
  • Monday-Friday, October 19-23. 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. Turnarounds, both directions, at Salado Creek. The turnarounds will be closed while crews do bridge work.
I-35 – Northeast San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, October 18-23. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Southbound main lanes between Thousand Oaks and Eisenhauer. Alternating lanes, two at a time, will close while crews work on overhead highway signs.
  • Sunday-Friday, October 18-23. 9 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. nightly. Northbound exit to westbound I-410. The right lane will close while crews do road work.
  • Monday-Friday, October 19-23. 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. daily. Northbound exit to westbound I-410. The right lane will close while crews do road work.
I-35 – Downtown
  • Tuesday-Thursday, October 20-22. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Northbound main lanes between  McCullough Avenue and U.S. Highway 281. Two upper-level lanes will close while crews install barrier.
I-410 – East San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, October 18-23. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Northbound connector to northbound I-35. Alternating lanes will close while crews move barrier.
I-410 – Southeast San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, October 18-23. 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Southbound main lanes between I-10 and I-37. Alternating lanes will close while crews do road work.
I-410 – Southwest San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, October 18-23. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. nightly. Northbound main lanes between I-35 and Old Pearsall Road. The right lane will close while crews move barrier.
  • Sunday-Friday, October 18-23. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. nightly. Southbound main lanes at Medina Base Road. The left lane will close while crews work on guardrail.
I-410 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Sunday-Tuesday, October 18-20. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Northbound frontage road between state Hwy 151 and Culebra Road. The two right lanes will close while crews set barrier.
  • Monday-Thursday, October 19-22. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Southbound frontage road between Culebra Road and state Hwy 151. The two right lanes will close while crews set barrier.
U.S. Hwy 90 – West San Antonio
  • Sunday-Monday, October 18-19. 9 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. Westbound frontage road between Pue Road and Cagnon Road. Alternating lanes will close while crews convert the frontage road to one-way.
  • Tuesday-Thursday, October 20-21. 9 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. Westbound main lanes between Hunt Lane and Loop 1604. Alternating lanes will close while crews do road work.
  • Thursday-Friday, October 22-23. 9 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. Westbound main lanes at Loop 1604. The right lane will close while crews set barrier.
Loop 1604 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Monday-Sunday, October 19-25. 10 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. nightly. Southbound frontage road between New Guilbeau and Shaenfield roads. The right lane will close while crews work on curbs and sidewalks.
  • Monday-Sunday, October 19-25. 10 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. nightly. Frontage roads, both directions, between Bandera and Braun roads. The left lane will close while crews place barrier.
  • Monday-Sunday, October 19-25. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. nightly. Southbound frontage road at Alamo Ranch Parkway. Alternating lanes will close while crews build bridge support structures.
  • Tuesday, October 20. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Southbound frontage road at Alamo Ranch Parkway. Alternating lanes will close while crews unload concrete box culverts.
Other roads – Kendall County
  • Monday-Thursday, October 19-22. 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily. FM 1376, both directions, between mile markers 472 and 474. One-way traffic control will be set up while crews do major road repair.
Other roads – North-central San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, October 18-23. 9 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. Northbound Spur 537 (San Pedro) between I-410 and U.S. Hwy 281. The two left lanes will close while crews repair the roadway.
Other roads – East San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, October 18-23. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Westbound Rittiman Road at I-35. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turnaround at the next available intersection.
  • Sunday-Friday, October 18-23. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Eastbound Rittiman Road at I-35. The left lane will close while crews do overhead bridge work
  • Monday-Wednesday, October 19-21. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Eastbound Rittiman Road at I-35. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turnaround at the next available intersection.
  • Monday-Wednesday, October 19-21. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Westbound Rittiman Road at I-35. The left lane will close while crews do overhead bridge work
  • Monday-Tuesday, October 19-20. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Westbound Eisenhauer Road at I-35. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turnaround at the next available intersection.
  • Monday-Tuesday, October 19-20. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Eastbound Eisenhauer Road at I-35. The left lane will close while crews do overhead bridge work.
  • Tuesday-Thursday, October 20-22. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Eastbound Eisenhauer Road at I-35. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turnaround at the next available intersection.
  • Tuesday-Thursday, October 20-22. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Westbound Eisenhauer Road at I-35. The left lane will close while crews do overhead bridge work.
  • Thursday-Friday, October 22-23. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Westbound Eisenhauer Road at I-35. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turnaround at the next available intersection.
  • Thursday-Friday, October 22-23. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Eastbound Eisenhauer Road at I-35. The left lane will close while crews do overhead bridge work.
All closures are pending weather.

Wednesday, October 14

RAMP CLOSURE: I-35 at Eisenhauer

The next phase of work along the I-35 corridor between the Windcrest area and SAMMC will start tonight, with the exit ramps to Eisenhauer Road closing through the rest of the year.

The northbound entrance ramp from Eisenhauer will also close. Exiting traffic will use the next available ramp and turn around to get to Eisenhauer; traffic entering from Eisenhauer will continue along to the next available ramp.

The closures will allow crews to realign the ramps. As part of the work to improve the traffic flow through this area, the ramps are being reversed - exit ramps will become entrance ramps and vice versa.

The idea here is to end up with a series of interchanges with a "Super X" configuration. This configuration allows exiting traffic to queue on the frontage roads rather than stack up onto the main lanes, and allows entering traffic to miss the signalized intersections.

Once work on the ramps around Eisenhauer finishes, crews with The Lane Company will move to ramps around Rittiman Road and Walzem.

The overall completion of improvements on I-35 between George Beach and Randolph Boulevard is set for the end of 2016.

Tuesday, October 13

This week's construction-related closures

Sorry we didn't get this posted sooner - it's been busy around here the last week-and-a-half! Here's what you can expect driving around the remainder of this week:

I-10 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, October 11-16. 8:30 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. nightly. Frontage road, both directions between Loop 1604 and Huebner Road. Alternating lanes will close for road work.
  • Sunday-Friday, October 11-16. 8:30 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between Huebner Road and Loop 1604. Alternating lanes will close for road work.
  • Monday-Friday, October 12-16. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Frontage road, both directions, between Loop 1604 and Huebner Road. Alternating lanes will close for road work.
I-10 – Downtown San Antonio
  • Tuesday-Friday, October 13-16. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. nightly. Eastbound main lanes between I-35 and Probandt. The left lane will be closed while crews resurface the roadway.
I-35 – East San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, October 11-16. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Southbound main lanes between AT&T Center Parkway and Binz-Engelman. Alternating lanes will close while crews do road work.
  • Sunday-Friday, October 11-16. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Frontage road, both directions, between Rittiman and Walzem. Alternating lanes will close while crews repair the roadway.
  • Sunday-Friday, October 11-16. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Frontage road, both directions, between Binz-Engleman and AT&T Center Parkway. Alternating lanes will close while crews move barrier.
  • Sunday-Friday, October 11-16. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Turnarounds, both directions, at Salado Creek. The turnarounds will be closed while crews do bridge work.
  • Sunday-Friday, October 11-16. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between Walzem and George Beach. Alternating lanes, two at a time, will close while crews do road work.
  • Monday-Friday, October 12-16. 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. daily. Frontage road, both directions, between Rittiman and Walzem. Alternating lanes will close while crews repair roadway.
  • Monday-Friday, October 12-16. 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. Frontage road, both directions, between Binz-Engleman and AT&T Center Parkway. Alternating lanes will close while crews do bridge work.
  • Monday-Friday, October 12-16. 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. Turnarounds, both directions, at Salado Creek. The turnarounds will be closed while crews do bridge work.
  • Wednesday, October 14. 9 p.m. Exit ramps, both directions, to Eisenhauer Road. The ramps will close January 31, 2016, while crews build a new exit ramp. Traffic will use the next available ramp and turn around to reach Eisenhauer Road.
  • Wednesday, October 14. 9 p.m. Northbound entrance ramp from Eisenhauer Road. The ramp will close until January 31, 2016, while crews build a new entrance ramp. Traffic will use the next available ramp.
I-35 – Northeast San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, October 11-16. 9 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. nightly. Northbound exit to westbound I-410. The right lane will close while crews do road work.
  • Monday-Friday, October 11-16. 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. daily. Northbound exit to westbound I-410. The right lane will close while crews do road work.
I-35 – South San Antonio
  • Thursday-Friday, October 15-16. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Northbound exit ramp to I-10/U.S. Hwy 90. The ramp will close while crews stripe the roadway. This is a rolling closure, meaning the ramp will not completely close but will be slowed significantly throughout the night.
I-35 – Comal County
  • Tuesday-Wednesday, October 13-14. 8 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. Southbound main lanes at Conrads-Kohlenberg. The two right lanes will close while crews stripe the roadway and install highway signs.
I-410 – East San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, October 11-16. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Northbound connector to northbound I-35. Alternating lanes will close while crews move barrier.
I-410 – Southeast San Antonio
  • Monday-Friday, October 12-16. 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between I-10 and I-37. Alternating lanes will close while crews resurface the road.
I-410 – Southwest San Antonio
  • Wednesday-Friday, October 14-16. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. nightly. Northbound main lanes between I-35 and Old Pearsall Road. The right lane will close while crews move barrier.
  • Wednesday-Friday, October 14-16. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. nightly. Southbound main lanes at Medina Base Road. The left lane will close while crews work on guardrail.
U.S. Hwy 90 – South San Antonio
  • Thursday-Friday, October 15-16. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Eastbound exit ramp to I-35. The ramp will close while crews stripe the roadway. This is a rolling closure, meaning the ramp will not completely close but will be slowed significantly throughout the night.
U.S. Hwy 281 – North-central San Antonio
  • Wednesday-Thursday, October 14-15. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Southbound main lanes between Donella and Nakoma drives. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will exit Wurzbach Parkway-Nakoma Drive and re-enter the highway after passing through Nakoma.
  • Thursday-Friday, October 15-16. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Northbound main lanes between Nakoma Drive and Bitters Road. The right lane will close while crews work on lighting. This closure includes the entrance ramp from Nakoma Drive. Traffic will use the next available ramp.
Loop 1604 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Monday-Sunday, October 12-18. 10 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. nightly. Southbound frontage road between New Guilbeau and Shaenfield roads. The right lane will close while crews work on curbs and sidewalks.
  • Monday-Sunday, October 12-18. 10 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. nightly. Southbound frontage road at Alamo Ranch Parkway. Alternating lanes will close while crews build bridge support structures.
State Hwy 151
  • Tuesday-Wednesday, October 13-14. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Eastbound main lanes between Ingram Road and I-410. The right lane will close while crews set barrier. This closure includes the eastbound entrance ramp from Ingram Road. Traffic will use the next available entrance ramp.
  • Tuesday-Wednesday, October 13-14. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Eastbound frontage road between Ingram Road and I-410. The left lane will close while crews set barrier.
Other roads – Kendall County
  • Monday-Thursday, October 19-22. 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily. FM 1376, both directions, between mile markers 472 and 474. One-way traffic control will be set up while crews do major road repair.
Other roads – North-central San Antonio
  • Thursday-Friday, October 15-16. 9 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. Northbound Spur 537 (San Pedro) between I-410 and U.S. Hwy 281. The two left lanes will close while crews repair the roadway.
  • Sunday-Tuesday, October 18-20. 9 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. Northbound Spur 537 (San Pedro) between I-410 and U.S. Hwy 281. The two left lanes will close while crews repair the roadway.
Other roads – Northeast San Antonio
  • Monday-Tuesday, October 12-13. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Westbound Eisenhauer Road at I-35. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turnaround at the next available intersection.
  • Monday-Tuesday, October 12-13. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Eastbound Eisenhauer Road at I-35. The left lane will close while crews do overhead bridge work.
  • Monday-Wednesday, October 12-14. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Eastbound Rittiman Road at I-35. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turnaround at the next available intersection.
  • Monday-Wednesday, October 12-14. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Westbound Rittiman Road at I-35. The left lane will close while crews do overhead bridge work.
  • Tuesday-Thursday, October 13-15. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Eastbound Eisenhauer Road at I-35. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turnaround at the next available intersection.
  • Tuesday-Thursday, October 13-15. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Westbound Eisenhauer Road at I-35. The left lane will close while crews do overhead bridge work.
  • Thursday-Friday, October 15-16. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Westbound Eisenhauer Road at I-35. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turnaround at the next available intersection.
  • Thursday-Friday, October 15-16. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Eastbound Eisenhauer Road at I-35. The left lane will close while crews do overhead bridge work.
Other roads – Northwest San Antonio
  • Monday-Friday, October 12-16. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily, weekdays only. Culebra Road, both directions, between Village Park and Tezel Road. The left lane will close in each direction while crews build a raised median.
All closures are pending weather.

Wednesday, October 7

Culebra Road and I-35/I-37 interchange: big questions and concerns

We currently have two ongoing projects garnering attention from those moving through their areas for their restriction of movements folks have long become accustomed to.

Culebra Road

Along Culebra Road a raised center median has appeared between Loop 1604 and Grissom Road. This raised median is classified as a safety project, but it will result in a better flow of traffic as well. The median restricts left-turn movements to cross-street areas to eliminate what traffic engineers refer to as conflict points. These conflicts are created any time you have two cars competing for the same space of roadway; increased conflict points means increased risk of collisions.

Our goal here, as we mentioned when we took this to our public meetings last year, was to provide improved safety while taking a balanced approach accounting for existing access along this corridor.

Folks will find continued access to their favorite taco stand, gas station or other business is maintained by what's called "cross access"; these businesses share access to a cross street via a mutual parking lot with another business. This cross access was a major factor determining the location of cuts in the median when this project was in the design phases and when we discussed these at our public meetings.

Work is nearly complete - the medians will finish this month, in fact, and you'll see a fresh asphalt surface over the following weeks.

Interchange of I-35 and I-37/US 281

The downtown interchange of I-35 and US 281 (or I-37), particularly on the northbound side of I-35 here, sees a frustratingly high number of drivers cutting in and out trying to navigate from the upper-lower level split to the appropriate ramp. This project is designed to stop that cutting in and out and put folks on the correct path well in advance. From day one, we were pretty open about eliminating the option to reach I-37 or US 281 from the lower-level lanes with this job.

Barrels are currently marking the location of a permanent concrete barrier that keeps the upper-level traffic on northbound I-35 headed to the ramps for Broadway and US 281/I-37. Lower-level traffic will continue along northbound I-35 beyond the I-37 interchange.

Construction on this job is simple - we're only building a median barrier. The schematic shows only a hard red line, showing the location of the new barrier. We should be finished with the $2.3 million project in time for the holidays, if all goes well.

Work on this project is mostly overnight; be aware of our crews at night. During the day those barrels are in place to help train drivers on the new configuration - it's a soft "wall" to dull the sting the concrete wall might make if a careless or unknowing driver tries to make that cut-off from the lower level lanes to the ramps to US 281 or I-37 once we're finished.

Friday, October 2

Next week's construction-related closures

I-10 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, October 4-9. 8:30 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. nightly. Frontage road, both directions between Loop 1604 and Huebner Road. Alternating lanes will close for road work.
  • Monday-Friday, October 5-9. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Frontage road, both directions, between Loop 1604 and Huebner Road. Alternating lanes will close for road work.
  • Monday-Friday, October 5-9. 8:30 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between Huebner Road and Loop 1604. Alternating lanes will close for road work.
I-35 – East San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, October 4-9. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Southbound main lanes between AT&T Center Parkway and Binz-Engelman. Alternating lanes will close while crews do road work.
  • Sunday-Friday, October 4-9. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Frontage road, both directions, between Rittiman and Walzem. Alternating lanes will close while crews move barrier.
  • Sunday-Friday, October 4-9. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Frontage road, both directions, between Binz-Engleman and AT&T Center Parkway. Alternating lanes will close while crews move barrier.
  • Sunday-Friday, October 4-9. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Turnarounds, both directions, at Salado Creek. The turnarounds will be closed while crews do bridge work.
  • Sunday-Friday, October 4-9. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between Walzem and George Beach. Alternating lanes, two at a time, will close while crews do road work.
  • Monday-Friday, October 5-9. 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. daily. Frontage road, both directions, between Rittiman and Walzem. Alternating lanes will close while crews move barrier.
  • Monday-Friday, October 5-9. 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. Frontage road, both directions, between Binz-Engleman and AT&T Center Parkway. Alternating lanes will close while crews do bridge work.
  • Monday-Friday, October 5-9. 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. Turnarounds, both directions, at Salado Creek. The turnarounds will be closed while crews do bridge work.
I-35 – Northeast San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, October 4-9. 9 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. nightly. Northbound exit to westbound I-410. The right lane will close while crews do road work.
  • Monday-Friday, October 5-9. 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. daily. Northbound exit to westbound I-410. The right lane will close while crews do road work.
I-410 – East San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, October 4-9. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Northbound connector to northbound I-35. Alternating lanes will close while crews move barrier.
I-410 – Southeast San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, October 4-9. 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between I-37 and East Houston Street. Alternating lanes will close while crews resurface the road.
U.S. Hwy 281 – North-central San Antonio
  • Friday-Saturday, October 2-3. 9 p.m. until 10 a.m. Northbound main lanes between Nakoma Drive and Bitters Road. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will exit Nakoma Drive and re-enter the highway after passing through Bitters Road.
U.S. Hwy 281 – South Bexar County
  • Monday-Saturday, October 5-10. 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. Southbound main lanes between Del Lago Parkway and the Atascosa County line. The left lane will close while crews install cable median barrier.
Loop 1604 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Monday-Sunday, October 5-10. 10 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. nightly. Southbound frontage road between New Guilbeau and Shaenfield roads. The right lane will close while crews work on curbs and sidewalks.
  • Monday, October 5-Tuesday, October 19. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Southbound frontage road at Alamo Ranch Parkway. Alternating lanes will close while crews build bridge support structures.
Other roads – Northeast San Antonio
  • Sunday-Monday, October 4-5. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Eastbound Rittiman Road at I-35. The left lane will close while crews do overhead bridge work
  • Sunday-Monday, October 4-5. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Westbound Rittiman Road at I-35. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turnaround at the next available intersection.
  • Monday-Tuesday, October 5-6. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Westbound Eisenhauer Road at I-35. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turnaround at the next available intersection.
  • Monday-Tuesday, October 5-6. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Eastbound Eisenhauer Road at I-35. The left lane will close while crews do overhead bridge work.
  • Monday-Wednesday, October 5-7. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Eastbound Rittiman Road at I-35. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turnaround at the next available intersection.
  • Monday-Wednesday, October 5-7. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Westbound Rittiman Road at I-35. The left lane will close while crews do overhead bridge work
  • Tuesday-Thursday, October 6-8. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Eastbound Eisenhauer Road at I-35. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turnaround at the next available intersection.
  • Tuesday-Thursday, October 6-8. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Westbound Eisenhauer Road at I-35. The left lane will close while crews do overhead bridge work.
  • Thursday-Friday, October 8-9. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Westbound Eisenhauer Road at I-35. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turnaround at the next available intersection.
  • Thursday-Friday, October 8-9. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Eastbound Eisenhauer Road at I-35. The left lane will close while crews do overhead bridge work.
Other roads – Northwest San Antonio
  • Monday-Friday, October 5-16. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily, weekdays only. Culebra Road, both directions, between Village Park and Tezel Road. The left lane will close in each direction while crews build a raised median.
  • Monday-Friday, October 5-9. 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Braun Road, both directions, at Loop 1604. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will turn right onto Loop 1604, use the next available turnaround and return to the intersection to reach its destination.
  • Friday-Saturday, October 9-10. 10 p.m. until 7 a.m. Braun Road, both directions, at Loop 1604. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will turn right onto Loop 1604, use the next available turnaround and return to the intersection to reach its destination.
  • Saturday-Sunday, October 11-12. 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. Braun Road, both directions, at Loop 1604. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will turn right onto Loop 1604, use the next available turnaround and return to the intersection to reach its destination.
All closures are pending weather.
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