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Friday, January 29

Next week's construction-related closures

This weekend will be particularly busy on Loop 1604 in northwest Bexar County, on I-35 on the northeast side and on US 281 near the airport. Here are the details:
I-10 – East San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, January 31-February 5. 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Eastbound main lanes between I-37 and I-410. The right lane will close while crews do concrete work.
  • Monday-Friday, February 1-5. 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily. Main lanes, both directions, between I-34 and I-410. The right shoulder will close at multiple locations, as needed, to replace guardrail.
I-10 – Downtown San Antonio
  • Current until Monday, February 15. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between North Colorado and Fredericksburg Road (lower level). The right lane will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Crews will not perform work on Friday or Saturday nights.
I-35 – New Braunfels
  • Monday-Thursday, February 1-4. 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily. Southbound frontage road between FM 306 and Post Road. Alternating lanes will close while crews repave the road. The exit ramp will close while crews pave in its direct vicinity.
I-35 – East San Antonio
  • Current thru February 2016. 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 thru February 2016. 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, January 30. 5 a.m. until 3 p.m. Northbound main lanes between AT&T Center Parkway and Binz-Engleman. Alternating lanes will close while crews work on overhead highway signs.
  • Sunday, January 31. 3 a.m. until 3 p.m. Northbound main lanes between AT&T Center Parkway and Binz-Engleman. Alternating lanes will close while crews work on overhead highway signs.
  • Sunday, January 31. 3 a.m. until 3 p.m. Southbound main lanes between Binz Engleman and AT&T Center Parkway. Alternating lanes will close while crews stripe the road.
  • Sunday-Friday, January 31-February 5. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between Walzem and George Beach. Alternating lanes will close, two at a time, while crews widen the roadway.
  • Sunday-Friday, January 31-February 5. 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, January 31-February 5. 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 do road work.
  • Sunday-Friday, January 31-February 5. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Turnarounds, both directions, at Salado Creek. The turnarounds will be closed while crews do bridge work.
  • Monday-Friday, February 1-5. 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, February 1-5. 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-410 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Monday-Tuesday, February 1-2. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Main lanes, both directions, between Ingram and Culebra roads. Alternating lanes will close while crews restripe the road.
  • Monday-Tuesday, February 1-2. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Frontage roads, both directions, between Ingram and Culebra roads. Alternating lanes will close while crews restripe the road.
U.S. Hwy 90 – West San Antonio
  • Current until May 2016. Westbound frontage road between Hunt Lane and East Kriewald. The frontage road will close while crews reconstruct the Medio Creek Bridge.
  • Monday-Friday, February 1-5. 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. daily. Westbound frontage road between Kriewals Road and Loop 1604. The right lanes will close while crews do road work.
U.S. Hwy 281 – North-central San Antonio
  • Saturday, January 30. 8 a.m. until noon. Southbound entrance ramp from Nakoma Drive. The ramp will close while crews perform maintenance work. Traffic will travel north on the U.S. 281 frontage road to Bitters Road, turn around and enter the main lanes from Bitters Road.
Hwy 151 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Current until December 2016. Westbound exit ramp to Ingram and Potranco roads. The ramp will remain closed while crews install bridge support structures for the direct connector ramps being constructed.
  • Current until December 2016. Eastbound entrance ramp from Ingram and Potranco roads. The ramp will remain closed while crews install bridge support structures for the direct connector ramps being constructed.
Loop 1604 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Saturday, January 30. 5 a.m. until noon. Turnarounds, both directions, north and south of Shaenfield Road. Traffic signals will be turned off and off-duty police will direct traffic while crews move the signals to the Shaenfield Road intersection.
  • Saturday, January 30. 5 a.m. until noon. Frontage roads, both directions, at the temporary turnarounds near Shaenfield. The right lane will close while crews remove temporary signal poles.
  • Saturday-Sunday, January 30-31. 7 a.m. until 5 a.m. daily. Southbound frontage road between New Guilbeau and Culebra roads. The right lane will close while crews do concrete work.
  • Saturday-Sunday, January 30-31. 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. All lanes will close, one direction at a time, while crews set bridge support beams overhead. Northbound traffic will exit eastbound Highway 151 and turn around at Wiseman to reach its destination. Southbound traffic will use the southbound frontage road to reach its destination. Off-duty police officers will direct traffic for this closure.
Other roads – Schertz
  • Monday-Friday, February 1-5. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. FM 3009, both directions, between I-35 and FM 78. The right lane will close in each direction as needed while crews do sidewalk work.
All closures are pending weather.

Friday, January 22

Next week's construction-related closures



I-10 – Boerne
  • Monday-Tuesday, January 24-25. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Eastbound main lanes at Scenic Loop Road. The right lane will close while crews set barrier.
I-10 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Monday-Tuesday, January 25-26. 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.  Eastbound main lanes between Boerne Stage Road and Dominion Drive. The right lane will close while crews set barrier.
  • Tuesday-Wednesday, January 26-27. 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Eastbound frontage road between Boerne Stage Road and Dominion Drive. Alternating lanes will close while crews set barrier. Off-duty police will direct traffic as needed.
I-10 – Downtown San Antonio
  • Current until Monday, February 15. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between North Colorado and Fredericksburg Road (lower level). The right lane will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Crews will not perform work on Friday or Saturday nights.
I-35 – East San Antonio
  • Current thru January 2016. 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 thru January 2016. 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, January 23. 5 a.m. until 3 p.m. Southbound main lanes between Binz-Engleman and AT&T Center Parkway. Alternating lanes will close while crews work on overhead highway signs.
  • Sunday-Friday, January 24-29. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between Walzem and George Beach. Alternating lanes will close, two at a time, while crews widen the roadway.
  • Sunday-Friday, January 24-29. 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, January 24-29. 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 do road work.
  • Sunday-Friday, January 24-29. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Turnarounds, both directions, at Salado Creek. The turnarounds will be closed while crews do bridge work.
  • Monday-Friday, January 25-29. 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, January 25-29. 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-Friday, January 24-29. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Northbound main lanes between McCullough and I-37. Alternating, rolling lanes will close while crews refresh pavement markings.
U.S. Hwy 90 – West San Antonio
  • Current until May 2016. Westbound frontage road between Hunt Lane and East Kriewald. The frontage road will close while crews reconstruct the Medio Creek Bridge.
Hwy 151 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Current until December 2016. Westbound exit ramp to Ingram and Potranco roads. The ramp will remain closed while crews install bridge support structures for the direct connector ramps being constructed.
  • Current until December 2016. Eastbound entrance ramp from Ingram and Potranco roads. The ramp will remain closed while crews install bridge support structures for the direct connector ramps being constructed.
Loop 1604 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Saturday-Sunday, January 23-24. 7 a.m. until 5 a.m. daily. Southbound frontage road between New Guilbeau and Culebra roads. The right lane will close while crews do concrete work.
  • Sunday-Friday, January 24-29. 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Southbound frontage road between New Guilbeau and Culebra roads. The right lane will close while crews do concrete work.
  • Monday-Friday, January 23-29. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Southbound frontage road between New Guilbeau and Culebra roads. The right lane will close while crews do concrete work.
  • Saturday-Sunday, January 30-31. 7 a.m. until 5 a.m. daily. Southbound frontage road between New Guilbeau and Culebra roads. The right lane will close while crews do concrete work.
  • Tuesday-Saturday, January 26-30. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Northbound frontage road at Shaenfield Road. The left lane will close while electricians work on traffic signals.
  • Wednesday-Friday, January 27-29. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Northbound frontage road at Shaenfield Road. The left lane will close while electricians work on traffic signals.
  • Saturday-Sunday, January 30-31. 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. All lanes will close, one direction at a time, while crews set bridge support beams overhead. Northbound traffic will exit eastbound Highway 151 and turn around at Wiseman to reach its destination. Southbound traffic will use the southbound frontage road to reach its destination. Off-duty police officers will direct traffic for this closure.
Other roads – Schertz
  • Monday-Friday, January 25-29. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. FM 3009, both directions, between I-35 and FM 78. The right lane will close in each direction as needed while crews do sidewalk work.
Other roads – Northeast San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, January 24-29. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Rittiman Road, both directions, at I-35. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turn around at the next available intersection to reach its destination.
All closures are pending weather.

Friday, January 15

Next week's construction-related closures



I-10 – Boerne
  • Tuesday-Wednesday, January 19-20. 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. daily. Eastbound main lanes at Scenic Loop Road. The left lane will close while crews do road work. This closure was initially scheduled for overnight, but cold temperatures are prohibitive.
  • Wednesday-Friday, January 20-22. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Eastbound main lanes at Scenic Loop Road. The right lane will close while crews set barrier.
I-10 – East San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, January 17-22. 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Eastbound exit ramp to southbound I-37. The right lane will close while crews do road work.
I-10 – Downtown San Antonio
  • Sunday, January 17-Monday, February 15. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between North Colorado and Fredericksburg Road (lower level). The right lane will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Crews will not perform work on Friday or Saturday nights.
I-35 – East San Antonio
  • Current thru January 2016. 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 thru January 2016. 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, January 17. 5 a.m. until 3 p.m. Southbound main lanes between Eisenhauer and George Beach. Alternating lanes – two at a time – will close while crews restripe the road.
  • Sunday-Friday, January 17-22. 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, January 17-22. 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 do road work.
  • Sunday-Friday, January 17-22. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Turnarounds, both directions, at Salado Creek. The turnarounds will be closed while crews do bridge work.
  • Monday-Friday, January 18-22. 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, January 18-22. 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-410 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Saturday, January 16. 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. Frontage roads, both directions, between Ingram Road and Highway 151. Rolling, alternating lanes will close while crews refresh lane markings.
U.S. Hwy 90 – West San Antonio
  • Current until May 2016. Westbound frontage road between Hunt Lane and East Kriewald. The frontage road will close while crews reconstruct the Medio Creek Bridge.
Hwy 151 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Current until December 2016. Westbound exit ramp to Ingram and Potranco roads. The ramp will remain closed while crews install bridge support structures for the direct connector ramps being constructed.
  • Current until December 2016. Eastbound entrance ramp from Ingram and Potranco roads. The ramp will remain closed while crews install bridge support structures for the direct connector ramps being constructed.
  • Saturday, January 16. 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. Frontage road, both directions, between Hunt Lane and I-410. Rolling, alternating lanes will close will close while crews refresh pavement markings.
Other roads – Bulverde
  • Saturday-Sunday, January 16-17. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Highway 46, both directions, at U.S. Highway 281. The traffic signal will be turned off while crews install temporary signals. Officers will be on site to direct traffic.
  • Thursday-Friday, January 21-22. 9 p.m. until 6 p.m. daily. Highway 46 ramp to northbound U.S. Highway 281. The ramp will close while crews install drain pipe across the road. All traffic will use the connector from westbound Hwy 46 to reach northbound U.S. 281.
Other roads – New Braunfels
  • Monday-Friday, January 18-22. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. FM 306, both directions, between Hunter Road and Hoffman Lane. One-way traffic control will be used while crews install storm drain structures.
Other roads – Schertz
  • Monday-Friday, January 18-22. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. FM 3009, both directions, between I-35 and FM 78. The right lane will close in each direction as needed while crews do sidewalk work.
Other roads – Northwest San Antonio
  • Monday-Wednesday, January 18-20. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. UTSA Boulevard, both directions, between Edward Ximenes and UTEX Boulevard. One-way traffic control will be employed while crews restripe the roadway and set barrier. Drivers heading to UTSA main campus should use Loop 1604 to reach their destination.
All closures are pending weather.

Tuesday, January 12

I-410 at Hwy 151 update

The westbound exit ramp off Hwy 151 to Ingram and Potranco roads has been closed, as has the entrance ramp on the eastbound side coming from the same roads, while crews construct the new direct connector from eastbound Hwy 151 to northbound I-410.

Those ramps are expected to remain closed through most of 2016; they will be rebuilt between bridge support columns and opened as soon as the overhead work at those ramp locations is finished and traffic can be safely restored.

That said, project bosses with Williams Brothers Construction are working on ways to accelerate the work at those locations to reopen the ramps as soon as they can. Priority is being given to the westbound exit ramp; this would allow traffic to more easily reach the businesses along the westbound frontage road of Hwy 151 and give Williams Brothers a chance to move to the exit ramp to Hunt Lane. No firm timeline is in place, but a target of this summer has been identified.

While bridge crews are working hard to get support structures in place for the new direct connectors (besides the eastbound 151 connector to northbound I-410, a connector from southbound I-410 to westbound 151 is being constructed) road crews are preparing to widen Highway 151 between Potranco Road and Hunt Lane. Several improvements to the southbound frontage road of I-410 between Ingram Road and Hwy 151 are planned as well, and crews working on the preparation work for those improvements are busily underway.

Overall completion of this project, paid for through Proposition 1 funds, is scheduled for late 2017.

First one intersection, then another (on Loop 1604)

Here's a video version of all this (it's a long video...):

Williams Brothers Construction is ready to have the Shaenfield Road intersection opened up for traffic in a matter of a few weeks, propelling further the already fast-paced construction of the Loop 1604 expansion on the northwest side of San Antonio.

Last week the intersection of New Guilbeau Road and Loop 1604 was opened for full use - including left turns onto and off of the side road. The first three days were plagued by traffic signal timing issues common to new intersections, but electricians have paired with staff with the city of San Antonio to resolve those issues. San Antonoio city staff has oversight for signal timing on all signals - including signals on TxDOT roads - in the area.

Project officials expect to have fewer issues with signal timing with the Shaenfield intersection, but still caution drivers to be aware delays may exist for those first few days. The change at Shaenfield is currently scheduled January 30-31, the weekend before SuperBowl 50.
Construction on the Shaenfield Road intersection is heavily underway; with overhead work finishing up this weekend, dirt work at the ground level will ramp up over the next week.
With the intersection at Shaenfield open and operational, Williams Brothers will close all the temporary turnarounds, both north and south of Shaenfield, in use since traffic was moved onto the new frontage roads last summer. Closing the turnarounds will allow road crews to continue work on the main lanes - and on the future exit and entrance ramps - to prepare for project completion.

Project bosses have a current target of early summer to have the overpasses ready for use.

Meanwhile bridge crews continue to construct support structures for the new direct connector from southbound Loop 1604 onto eastbound Highway 151. The overpass taking Hwy 151 over Loop 1604, landing the highway into Alamo Ranch Parkway, is also taking shape.

Bridge crews have tentatively targeted January 30 and 31 to set bridge support beams for the new direct connector over the main lanes of Loop 1604. This will mean daytime closures of Loop 1604, one direction at a time. Traffic detours will be announced as we approach the time for that closure.

The new intersection of Highway 151 and Loop 1604 is on pace to be finished by the end of the year.

Friday, January 8

Next week's construction-related closures

I-10 – Boerne
  • Tuesday-Saturday, January 12-15. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Eastbound main lanes at Scenic Loop Road. Alternating lanes will close while crews do road work.
I-10 – East San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, January 10-15. 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Eastbound main lanes between I-37 and I-410. The right lane will close while crews install guardrail.
I-10 – Downtown San Antonio
  • Monday-Friday, January 11-14. 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. Eastbound frontage road between North Brazos and North Colorado streets. The right lane will close while crews do overhead bridge work.
I-35 – East San Antonio
  • Current thru January 2016. 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 thru January 2016. 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-Monday, January 10-11. 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. Main lanes, both directions, between AT&T Center Parkway and Binz-Engleman. Alternating lanes will close while crews do road work.
  • Sunday-Friday, January 11-15. 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, January 10-15. 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 do road work.
  • Sunday-Friday, January 10-15. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Turnarounds, both directions, at Salado Creek. The turnarounds will be closed while crews do bridge work.
  • Monday-Friday, January 11-15. 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, January 11-15. 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-410 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Monday-Tuesday, January 11-12. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Southbound main lanes between Ingram and Culebra roads. The right lane will close to install barrier.
  • Tuesday-Wednesday, January 12-13. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Main lanes, both directions, between Ingram and Hwy 151. Rolling, alternating lanes will close while crews refresh lane markings.
U.S. Hwy 90 – West San Antonio
  • Current until May 2016. Westbound frontage road between Hunt Lane and East Kriewald. The frontage road will close while crews reconstruct the Medio Creek Bridge.
Loop 1604 – North San Antonio
  • Tuesday, January 12. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Easbound main lanes at Stone Oak Parkway. The right lane will close while crews do road work.
Loop 1604 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Friday-Saturday, January 8-9. 9 p.m. until noon. Southbound frontage road at Alamo Concrete Plant. The right lane will close while crews pour concrete for a driveway.
  • Sunday-Wednesday, January 10-13. 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Southbound frontage road between Liberty Field and Culebra Road. The left lane will close while crews install guardrail.
  • Monday-Sunday, January 11-17. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Southbound frontage road at Helotes Creek. The right lane will close while crews pour concrete. Traffic will have two lanes.
  • Monday-Sunday, January 11-17. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Southbound frontage road between Braun and Culebra roads. The right lane will close at certain locations while crews pour concrete.
  • Monday-Sunday, January 11-17. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Southbound frontage road between Braun and Culebra roads. The right lane will close at certain locations while crews pour concrete.
  • Monday-Sunday, January 11-17. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Northbound frontage road between New Guilbeau and Braun roads. The right lane will close while crews do concrete work.
Hwy 151 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Current until December 2016. Westbound exit ramp to Ingram and Potranco roads. The ramp will remain closed while crews install bridge support structures for the direct connector ramps being constructed.
  • Current until December 2016. Eastbound entrance ramp from Ingram and Potranco roads. The ramp will remain closed while crews install bridge support structures for the direct connector ramps being constructed.
  • Tuesday-Wednesday, January 12-13. Main lanes, both directions, between Hunt Road and I-410. Rolling, alternating lanes will close while crews refresh pavement markings.
Other roads – Schertz
  • Monday-Friday, January 11-15. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. FM 3009, both directions, between I-35 and FM 78. The right lane will close in each direction while crews do sidewalk work.
Other roads – North San Antonio
  • Saturday, January 9. 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. South bound lanes of San Pedro between I-410 and U.S. 281. The two left lanes will close while crews repair the road surface.
Other roads – East San Antonio
  • Sunday-Monday, January 10-11. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Rittiman Road, both directions, at I-35. All lanes will close while crews remove overhang equipment. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and use turnarounds to reach its location.
All closures are pending weather.

Tuesday, January 5

Big swaps today, coming soon

Four big traffic switches are coming up - one of them today - around San Antonio. If you're driving on the northwest side of San Antonio, you'll want to know about these.

Loop 1604 at New Guilbeau
Work on the Loop 1604 expansion project between Bandera and Culebra roads has reached a point Williams Brothers Construction is ready to open the New Guilbeau Road intersection. This really is only about the actual signalized intersection at the frontage roads - the overpass is still several months from being ready for use.
The result of this impacts traffic for Shaenfield Road as well as folks headed to or from New Guilbeau:
  • Northbound Lp 1604 traffic to westbound Shaenfield Road will use the turnaround at New Guilbeau Road; the temporary turnaround that's been in use since mid-2015 will be closed permanently.
  • Southbound Lp 1604 traffic to eastbound New Guilbeau Road will turn left directly into New Guilbeau; the south-to-north turnaround south of Helotes Creek will be closed permanently.
  • Traffic from eastbound New Guilbeau onto southbound Lp 1604 will use the intersection; traffic will not need to turn right and use the turnaround at Braun Road to reach its destination.
This change is happening TODAY - 5 January - as announced in an earlier post.

Loop 1604 at Shaenfield
With work on the intersection at New Guilbeau finished WB will turn focus on finishing the intersection at Shaenfield. Look for that intersection to open up by early February (weather permitting, of course). Also keep in mind this will be a four-way intersection.
With both intersections fully operational (overpasses excepted), expect to see some slower going through the area. While we'll continually monitor traffic to optimize the traffic signals the reality is we're going from what is essentially a superstreet configuration to a typical signalized highway. Take some precautions now to get around the added traffic.
The good news is we're just a few months from having the overpasses finished (they are on schedule for this summer).

I-10 between Ralph Fair and Boerne Stage roads
Along the eastbound frontage road traffic will shift this week onto new lanes on the bridge over Leon Creek. This means traffic will move from the right lane onto the left lane - it won't really mean much for daily commuters, but folks should remain aware of what's happening so they don't get caught driving through orange barrels one morning.
The shift will allow Texas Sterling Construction to reconstruct the right half of the bridge, which should be finished by summer.

Eastbound I-10 ramp from Ralph Fair Road
Drivers coming from Ralph Fair and headed into San Antonio are familiar with the temporary ramp getting them onto the main lanes of I-10. The ramp, while a more-than-adequate length, seemed short because of barrier lining the road to protect the work zone.
TSC is nearly finished with the new entrance ramp and will have it ready to open later this month. The new ramp will be the permanent ramp and, with the exception of a final inch or so layer of asphalt, is the finished product. 
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