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Wednesday, July 26

Mail bag: Is TxDOT involved with the Cibolo Parkway project?

This edition will address a single question we've gotten because, well, we've gotten the question a few times and it will take a bit to clearly respond. That question revolves around the proposed Cibolo Parkway, a locally funded project in Cibolo. The question goes something like this:

We do not want a toll road in Cibolo. Why is this happening and why is TxDOT involved with it?
- some folks from the Cibolo area


There are a few issues implied in the question, and it'll take some doing to answer it completely. We'll take it one issue at a time.

It's not our project
The Texas Department of Transportation is not providing any funds for this project. TxDOT is not providing design consultation, or design services for this project. TxDOT is not providing feasibility studies for this project. TxDOT is not requesting the city of Cibolo to do this project. TxDOT is not providing construction inspection or engineering services for this project. TxDOT is not providing any project oversight on this project. TxDOT is not involved wiht the development of this project in any way. There is no other way we can be more clear - the proposed local project known as the Cibolo Parkway is not a TxDOT project and TxDOT has no involvement with its development.
Who is involved, then? The city of Cibolo. And ... well ... that's pretty much it.

Connection to FM 1103
Any new roads or driveways proposing to connect to any state-maintained road requires TxDOT approval per the Texas Administrative Code. The current proposed path of the Cibolo Parkway would indeed connect with FM 1103 and the Texas Transportation Commission would need to approve the connection.
When the city submits a complete proposal, including all geometric schematics, the Texas Transportation Commission will review and consider for approval connection to the state system (here meaning FM 1103).
This is no different than the connection of any other road to the state system and should not imply TxDOT affiliation with the proposed project any more than TxDOT would be affiliated with a private development connecting a major collector road to the state system.

FM 1103 expansion
Some have claimed the proposed expansion of FM 1103 is tantamount to TxDOT subsidization of the proposed Cibolo Parkway.
Frankly we're not sure how those making this claim reach such a conclusion. While do have a proposed expansion to FM 1103 - after all, it's our responsibility to maintain and develop roads on the current state highway system - this proposal is entirely independent of the proposed local project and planning for the expansion predates the city's proposal. Even the city's web page on the Cibolo Parkway project notes we identified a need to expand FM 1103 at least a decade ago, though TxDOT denied at the time local requests to extend FM 1103 to I-10. This denial came because of challenges with funding and a concern over right-of-way acquisition.
What we have in mind is a $25 million expansion that will make FM 1103 a four-lane road with center medians, sidewalks and shoulders allowing for safe bike riding. This project extends between I-35 and Rodeo Way and is currently targeted for a late 2019/early 2020 start. Funding for the FM 1103 expansion comes from a combination of local contributions and traditional state funds.
This work follows the expansion of the FM 1103 bridge over I-35 (a project that kicked off just last week).

MPO role
The Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, which coordinates the entirety of transportation planning efforts in the region, has included the proposed Cibolo Parkway as a privately funded project in its transportation plan. While TxDOT does have a seat at the table with the MPO, inclusion of the project in the MPO transportation plan doesn't mean TxDOT has any actual link to the project.
In fact inclusion on the transportation plan doesn't even obligate any MPO funds (which do include TxDOT resources). The project does not have any allocated state or federal funds in the 10-year plan of the MPO. All claims to the contrary are simply incorrect.

Monday, July 24

This week's construction-related closures

I-10 – Boerne
  • Friday, July 28 at 9 p.m. until Monday, July 31 at 5 a.m. Westbound exit ramp to Hwy 46 (Exit 540). The ramp will close while crews open up a new ramp configuration. Traffic will exit Business 87 ant turn left onto Bandera Road (Hwy 46) to reach its destination.
I-10 – East San Antonio
  • Monday-Tuesday, July 24-25. 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. Eastbound main lanes between Roland Avenue and Amanda Street. The left lane will close while crews install bridge support pilings.
I-10 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, July 23-28. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Eastbound frontage road between Crossroads Boulevard and West Avenue. Alternating lanes will close while crews resurface the road. This closure includes ramps as needed. Traffic will follow the posted detour route.
  • Monday-Friday, July 24-28. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Eastbound frontage road between Fredericksburg Road and Crossroads Boulevard. Alternating lanes will close while crews work on guardrail.
 I-35 – New Braunfels
  • Sunday-Friday, July 23-28. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. nightly. Southbound main lanes between Schmidt Road and Rueckle Road. Alternating lanes will close while crews lay asphalt.
  • Sunday-Friday, July 23-28. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. nightly. Northbound main lanes between Solms Road and the Guadalupe River Bridge. Alternating lanes will close while crews work on pavement markings.
I-35 – Northeast San Antonio
  • Current until Tuesday, August 1 at 5 a.m. Turnarounds, both directions, at Walzem Road. The turnarounds will remain closed while crews do overhead bridge work.
I-35 – East San Antonio
  • Thursday-Friday, July 27-28. 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. Southbound main lanes at AT&T Parkway. The left lane will close while crews do bridge work.
I-410 – South San Antonio
  • Monday-Tuesday, July 24-25. 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. Main lanes, both directions, at Roosevelt Road. Alternating lanes will close as needed while crews do concrete work.
I-410 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Current until Monday, July 31. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between Marbach Road and US Hwy 90. Alternating lanes will close while crews set concrete forms.
  • Current until August 31. Northbound exit to Culebra Road. The exit will close while crews widen the main lanes and frontage road. Traffic will exit Ingram Road, turn around and get to Culebra on the southbound frontage road.
  • Current until Friday, September 1. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly, Sunday nights through Thursday nights as needed only. Northbound main lanes between Marbach Road and Military Drive. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will exit Hwy 151, continue along the frontage road and enter the highway at the next available ramp. Officers will control traffic at intersections. This closure will not be employed simultaneously with the northbound frontage road closure.
  • Current until Friday, September 1. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly, Sunday nights through Thursday nights as needed only. Northbound frontage road between Marbach Road and Military Drive. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will use eastbound Hwy 151 and Military Drive to reach its destination. Officers will control traffic at intersections as needed. This closure will not be employed simultaneously with the northbound main lanes closure.
  • Sunday-Friday, July 23-28. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Northbound main lanes between Culebra Road and Military Drive. The two right lanes will close while crews do bridge work.
  • Monday-Friday, July 24-28. 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Southbound frontage road between Marbach and US Hwy 90. The left lane will close while crews reset barrier and restripe the frontage road.
U.S. Hwy 90 – Near South San Antonio
  • Monday-Tuesday, July 24-25. 9 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. Westbound frontage road between Hunt Lane and Kriewald. Alternating lanes will close while crews paint the Medio Creek bridge.
  • Tuesday-Thursday, July 25-27. 9 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between Kriewald and Hunt Lane. Alternating lanes will close while crews paint the Medio Creek bridge.
U.S. Hwy 281 – North San Antonio
  • Sunday-Thursday, July 23-27. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between Loop 1604 and Stone Oak Parkway. Alternating lanes will close while crews retrace pavement stripes. This closure will be a rolling closure, meaning the closure area will slowly progress from one end of the project to the other with only a short segment of road being closed.
  • Sunday, July 30-Thursday, August 3. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between Loop 1604 and Stone Oak Parkway. Alternating lanes will close while crews retrace pavement stripes. This closure will be a rolling closure, meaning the closure area will slowly progress from one end of the project to the other with only a short segment of road being closed.
U.S. Hwy 281 – Near North San Antonio
  • Monday-Friday, July 24-28. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. nightly. Northbound main lanes between I-35 and St. Mary’s Street. The left lanes will close while crews work on bridge joints.
  • Wednesday-Thursday, July 26-27. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Southbound frontage road between Stadium Drive and Mulberry Avenue. Alternating lanes will close while crews do concrete work. This closure includes highway ramps as needed.
Hwy 151 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Current until August 31. Westbound exit ramp to Hunt Lane. The exit will close while crews work on retaining walls. Traffic will exit Ingram Road and follow the frontage road to reach its destination.
Other roads – Seguin
  • Current until August 31. Austin Street between Martindale and Seidman. The road will be converted to one-way only, moving southbound only, while crews do road work. Northbound traffic will use Guadalupe Street to reach its destination.
Other roads – New Braunfels
  • Current until Friday, August 18. 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily, Monday-Friday only. Hwy 46, both directions, between FM 758 and I-35. The right lane will close while crews replace curb and install traffic signals and guardrail.
  • Monday, July 24 at 6 a.m. until Friday, July 28 at 5 p.m. Northbound FM 1101 between Hwy 46 and Advantage Drive. The lane will close while crews reconstruct the road. Traffic will use I-35 and FM 306 to reach its destination.
Other roads – Northeast San Antonio
  • Current until Monday, July 24. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Walzem Road, both directions, at I-35. All lanes will close while crews work on columns. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turn around at the next cross street to reach its destination.
Other roads – Northwest San Antonio
  • Current until Saturday, August 5. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly, Sunday night through Thursday night as needed only. Potranco Road, both directions, at Hwy 151. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will use the frontage roads and turn around at the next available location to reach its destination.
  • Monday-Wednesday, July 24-26. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Military Drive, both directions, west of Loop 1604. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will use Westcreek Oaks Drive to reach its destination.
  • Monday-Friday, July 24-28. 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Potranco Road, both directions, between Hunt Lane and Tisbury Parkway. The left lane will close while crews repair the turn lanes at Westover Hills Pediatric Center.
All closures are pending weather.

Wednesday, July 19

With work started, here's what to expect on US 281

The day has finally come.
Monday crews with Webber Construction started work on the expansion of US 281 between Loop 1604 and Stone Oak Parkway. It's a project that's well over a decade coming and has been prioritized by the Texas Clear Lanes initiative developed by Governor Greg Abbott and our Texas Transportation Commission.
For info on what the final product will look like, check out our project information page. Or you could just watch this video:
 
What to expect
Through the first few weeks drivers will see little impact on their commute as construction crews go through needed safety procedures to prepare for work. This includes placing advance warning signage and re-tracing the US 281 pavement markings.

The first planned closures
Beginning the night of July 23 rolling closures will begin while crews restripe the roadway. This work will be done entirely overnight and affect Sunday through Thursday nights, starting at 9 p.m. and finishing by 5 the next morning. This should last last about two weeks.

Stay in the know
As the project continues you can stay tuned here to get the most up-to-date information on project happenings as well as upcoming lane closures. Urgent information and other updates will be sent via email to a project-specific email list. To get yourself added to that list, click here.

Tuesday, July 18

Mail Bag: I-10, ramp speed limits, traffic shifts, future plans

Are there any plans to move the northbound Watson Ln/Old Bastrop Rd exit further south? It is difficult to see vehicles exiting onto the frontage road when trying to turn from Watson Ln East onto the access road. It seems like moving it a half to 3/4 miles south allow more room for error. I don't if dodging traffic is the cause but the guard rail on the corner of Watson Ln East & the frontage road seems to get damaged fairly often. Maybe vehicles are just coming off the exit too fast and can't make the almost immediate right turn onto Watson Ln East.
- Bob

Right now, Bob, we don't have any such plans on our list of projects. That's not to say this can't be something that gets added. Stuff like this can become a priority by pushing it through the Alamo Area MPO - a group that kind of tells us where to spend our money in the region (allowing for local-level decisions rather than state-level decisions). We'll forward the comment to our internal planners and our area office in New Braunfels as well to see if we can at least keep the area on our radar.

Will you clarify how drivers determine the speed limit on flyovers, such as the Bandera Road connector to Loop 410 and the Loop 1604 connector to Highway 151? Do we follow the speed posted on the "Exit 45 mph" sign the entire distance of the flyover, or can we accelerate to highway speed once we get into the flyover? The Bandera Road connector has no signs along the way (except the "Exit 45 mph" at the entrance). I think the 151-1604 connector might actually have a speed limit sign at the entrance - but I'm still a little unclear if that applies to the entire distance. I try to stay around 50 mph on the Bandera connector, but people ride my bumper like crazy.
- Angela
Great question, Angela. There are two types of speed limits - regulatory speeds and advisory speeds. Those yellow signs with speed limits posted are advisory speeds - meaning they're a recommended speed to maintain safety on the ramp.
According to our Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices (section 2c.14) these yellow advisory speeds are placed at locations to allow you to appropriately slow down as your exiting the highway. Once you're on the ramp, we won't place additional yellow advisory speed signs unless there's a change in the "horizontal alignment". That's engineer speak for "if the road curves".
Ultimately, those advisory speeds are there to help you remain safe as you drive. We would all do well to remember it's not about getting to our destinations fastest, but about getting to our destinations the safest.
Once nearing the end of these ramps drivers should begin safe merging practices by speeding up to the normal speed of the traffic with which they're merging and continue along their way.
We hope that helps!

What does right-in, right-out mean? If I'm coming down I-10E, how do I get into Fair Oaks Ranch? If I'm in FOR, how do I get to I-10E?
- Al

For everyone else: Al asked this a few weeks ago, prior to our first major closure of I-10 at Fair Oaks Parkway.
Right-in, right-out configurations happen when access to or from a side road is right-turn only. Here's a look at an easy engineer's drawing from our manuals:
I have a question. A few years ago I-10 was under construction to make the exit and bridge for the Dominion folks - because they are the rich ones, I guess. Now we are under construction again - for WHAT? There needs to be 3 lanes going in each direction from the Rim to Fair Oaks if not all the way to Boerne. The big trucks need to stay out of the left lane - they are dangerous! Why wasn't this done in the first place instead of tearing up the highway twice and spending extra money? And are we getting 3 lanes going east and west?
- Linda
Lots of issues to address here, Linda, but we'll try and stick to the basic question we think you're asking. We think you are really wanting to know when you're getting additional lanes to I-10 between Loop 1604 and Boerne.
The shortest answer is we'll be adding those much-needed extra lanes in segments. The first segment will be between La Cantera Parkway and Ralph Fair Road. Work on that project is set to begin early fall (August/September) this year and will take about three years to build. More information on the project may be found here.
As to the issue of why we didn't do it in the first place, when we re-did the overpass at Dominion Drive? Simply put: money and permission. We didn't have all our documents ready at the time to do an expansion like this, and we didn't have the money to do more. We're sorry we couldn't do more at the time and we're excited the Texas Clear Lanes initiative has enabled us to appropriately prioritize this project now.

Hwy 151 in San Antonio - I saw the notification sign this morning that the eastbound entrance ramp to 151 at Hunt Lane will be closed 18 July. Will this be a one day closure, or long term? Also, what time will the closure begin?
- ebargainer
This is a temporary closure and will last only a couple of days to allow crews to widen the ramp. Closure info is posted weekly here.

Will we have 151 run all the way to Talley Road in the near future? And are you doing any construction Talley Road soon?
- Janie
In theory, Janie, yes! Well, sort of. The extension of Alamo Ranch Parkway further east is up to the private developers continuing to build in that area. Development of Talley Road is up to Bexar County Public Works and is on their to-do list. They'll have a better idea as to the timeframe and other details of what's going on.
The real question, then, is whether Alamo Ranch Parkway will ever be converted to Hwy 151. Right now the answer is "no", but you never know what'll happen in 10 years.

There's a sign at Military Drive and 1604 in NW SA that warns of a "traffic switch" on 7-12-2017. No info seems to be available as to what a "traffic switch" entails or what time this will be happening.
- Kim
Kim, there's no excuse. We simply dropped the ball on getting word on this out. We have info out there now, which was published Saturday. Check out all the details here.

Saturday, July 15

Traffic shifts on Military Drive at Lp 1604

Earlier this week Zachry Construction shifted traffic on Military Drive to allow construction of the future southbound frontage road as part of their work to expand Lp 1604 between Hwy 151 and Potranco Road.
We've had some questions via social media about the change, which happened without a lot of fanfare from our field staff, and we've gotten an explanation as to what's happening. First, a gif to see the progression of what you'll see through the summer:
The change this week is the first of three mini-phases to get the southbound frontage road intersection built. Each step is expected to take 2-3 weeks with traffic returned to its normal pattern by September 1. The biggest impact will be constriction of lanes on Military outside Lp 1604 to a single lane in each direction.
Because pictures make a better story than an actual story does, here's a look at what you can expect. The bright orange areas are the areas being constructed in each step. The dark blue represents areas already constructed. The tan areas represent existing pavement. You can click on each image to enlarge.
Step 1


Step 2


Step 3

Friday, July 14

Next week's construction-related closures

I-10 – Fair Oaks Ranch
  • Saturday, July 15 at 4 a.m. until Monday, July 17 at 5 a.m. Eastbound main lanes between Fair Oaks Parkway and Ralph Fair Road. Alternating lanes will close while crews move traffic onto the new overpass bridge. Crews will maintain one lane open through this closure.
  • Saturday, July 22 at 4 a.m. until Monday, July 24 at 5 a.m. Westbound main lanes between Ralph Fair Road and Fair Oaks Parkway. Alternating lanes will close while crews move traffic onto the new overpass bridge. Crews will maintain one lane open through this closure.
I-10 – East San Antonio
  • Sunday-Tuesday, July 16-18. 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Westbound main lanes between Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard and Amanda Street. The left lane will close while crews do bridge work.
I-35 – New Braunfels
  • Sunday-Friday, July 16-21. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between Solms Road and the Guadalupe River bridge. Alternating lanes will close while crews do road work.
I-35 – Northeast San Antonio
  • Current until Tuesday, August 1 at 5 a.m. Turnarounds, both directions, at Walzem Road. The turnarounds will remain closed while crews do overhead bridge work.
  • Current until Monday, July 24. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between George Beach and Thousand Oaks. Alternating lanes will close while crews work on the center median.
I-410 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Current until August 31. Northbound exit to Culebra Road. The exit will close while crews widen the main lanes and frontage road. Traffic will exit Ingram Road, turn around and get to Culebra on the southbound frontage road.
  • Current until Friday, September 1. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly, Sunday nights through Thursday nights as needed only. Northbound main lanes between Marbach Road and Military Drive. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will exit Hwy 151, continue along the frontage road and enter the highway at the next available ramp. Officers will control traffic at intersections. This closure will not be employed simultaneously with the northbound frontage road closure.
  • Current until Friday, September 1. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly, Sunday nights through Thursday nights as needed only. Northbound frontage road between Marbach Road and Military Drive. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will use eastbound Hwy 151 and Military Drive to reach its destination. Officers will control traffic at intersections as needed. This closure will not be employed simultaneously with the northbound main lanes closure.
  • Sunday-Monday, July 16-17. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Main lanes, both directions, between Culebra and Ingram roads. The two left lanes will close while crews work on overhead sign board support structures.
  • Tuesday-Thursday, July 18-20. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Southbound main lanes between Marbach and US Hwy 90. The right lane will close while crews place barrier.
  • Tuesday-Friday, July 18-21. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Southbound main lanes between Culebra Road and Military Drive. The right two lanes will close while crews do bridge work. This closure includes the entrance ramp from Culebra Road. Traffic will use the next available ramp.
  • Sunday-Friday, July 23-28. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Northbound main lanes between Culebra Road and Military Drive. The two right lanes will close while crews do bridge work.
U.S. Hwy 90 – Near South San Antonio
  • Current until Friday, July 28. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Frontage roads, both directions, between I-410 and Hunt Lane. Alternating lanes will close while crews widen the road.
U.S. Hwy 281 – Near North San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, July 16-21. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Northbound main lanes between I-35 and St. Mary’s Street. Alternating lanes will close while crews do repair work.
Hwy 151 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Current until August 31. Westbound exit ramp to Hunt Lane. The exit will close while crews work on retaining walls. Traffic will exit Ingram Road and follow the frontage road to reach its destination.
Other roads – Seguin
  • Current until August 31. Austin Street between Martindale and Seidman. The road will be converted to one-way only, moving southbound only, while crews do road work. Northbound traffic will use Guadalupe Street to reach its destination.
Other roads – New Braunfels
  • Current until Friday, August 18. 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily, Monday-Friday only. Hwy 46, both directions, between FM 758 and I-35. The right lane will close while crews replace curb and install traffic signals and guardrail.
  • Monday, July 24 at 6 a.m. until Friday, July 28 at 5 p.m. Northbound FM 1101 between Hwy 46 and Advantage Drive. The lane will close while crews reconstruct the road. Traffic will use I-35 and FM 306 to reach its destination.
Other roads – Boerne
  • Friday, July 14 at 9 p.m. until Monday, July 17 at 5 a.m. Scenic Loop Road, both directions, at I-10. All lanes will close while crews demo the old westbound I-10 bridge deck. Traffic will use the frontage roads to reach turnarounds at Business 87 or Balcones Creek to reach its destination.
Other roads – Northeast San Antonio
  • Current until Monday, July 24. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Walzem Road, both directions, at I-35. All lanes will close while crews work on columns. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turn around at the next cross street to reach its destination.
Other roads – Northwest San Antonio
  • Wednesday-Thursday, July 19-20. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Wiseman Boulevard, both directions, between Loop 1604 and Cottonwood Way. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will use Talley Road to either Culebra Road or Potranco Road to reach its destination.
  • Current until Saturday, August 5. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly, Sunday night through Thursday night as needed only. Potranco Road, both directions, at Hwy 151. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will use the frontage roads and turn around at the next available location to reach its destination.
All closures are pending weather.

Holy smokes, those ramps around Rittiman are (almost) done!


The new entrance and exit ramps along I-35 surrounding Rittiman Road will be finished and open for use this weekend as the long-running project to improve the operation of the corridor between Windcrest and SAMMC moves closer to completion.

What's happening?
The biggest change is the northbound exit to Rittiman, which will now be located nearer to George Beach and serve traffic headed to Space Center Drive as well. This allows us to eliminate the existing northbound exit to Rittiman and get rid of that weird competition between traffic headed to Rittiman Road and traffic merging onto northbound I-35 from northbound I-410.
Other changes include swapping the exit and entrance ramps between Rittiman and Eisenhauer (more on that in a moment). That means those entering northbound I-35 from Rittiman will do so near Eisenhauer.
On the southbound side we'll have the new exit ramp to Rittiman - located right after the Eisenhauer overpass - ready to roll as well as the new entrance ramp.
With all the ramps involving Rittiman opened up and in use, we'll be able to remove the existing northbound exit to Rittiman Road and get crews to work adding all the needed auxiliary lanes and get the northbound I-410 connector to northbound I-35 finished up.

When is this happening?
July 15 - that's this Saturday - is when all this is going down. We'll start super early in the morning and have everything in place midday.

Eisenhauer Road
We said we'd get back to this one! We still have work to do to get the ramps opened around Eisenhauer. Project staff estimates we'll have those ramps opened up by mid-August. That will open opportunities for crews to finish the auxiliary lanes over the Eisenhauer overpass.

Walzem Road
We will continue with our nightly and weekend closures of Walzem Road at I-35 through the summer as we extend the Walzem overpass to carry the auxiliary lanes at that location.

Auxiliary lanes
So, what exactly are these auxiliary lanes of which we're speaking? Well, they're an extra lane on the highway, typically between interchanges, allowing drivers more time to merge. They help by getting entering or exiting traffic away from through traffic, giving through traffic a clean lane or two to push through the corridor.

Thursday, July 13

I-10 work in July: updated timeline

Welp, we're midway through July. That takes us through the activities (well, most of them) noted on our earlier post detailing the work along I-10 between San Antonio and Boerne. Here's an updated timetable from our project engineer:

At Scenic Loop Road
In order to demolish the old westbound I-10 bridge over Scenic Loop Road (traffic was switched off the bridge in earlier weeks) we'll have the intersection under I-10 closed through this weekend.
Work will begin Friday (July 14) at 9 p.m. and wrap up no later than Monday at 6 a.m.
Traffic from Scenic Loop Road and from Cascade Caverns will use the frontage roads and turn around at either Business 87 or at Balcones Creek to reach its destination.

New overpass at Old Fredericksburg Road
The eastbound main lanes will be moved onto the overpass this weekend. Sundt Construction will start around 3 a.m. Saturday (July 15) and continue until finished - no later than Monday at 5 a.m. We'll keep one lane of I-10 open, so we're not shutting the highway down, but expect slow going. When we're all done Monday we'll have eastbound lanes all up on the new overpass bridge.
That means the westbound side will get done the following weekend (July 22-24), following the same schedule. To be clear, that's 3 a.m. July 22 until 5 a.m. July 24.
With traffic  up on the new overpass we'll have crews working to open the intersection below - which will happen early 2018 - before converting frontage roads between Ralph Fair Road and Old Fredericksburg Road to one-way.

New westbound exit to Hwy 46
The new westbound exit ramp to Hwy 46 is finally opening up, but we'll have to use some closures to make it happen. That work wills tart 9 p.m. July 28 and run through 5 a.m. July 31. When we're finished we'll have the new westbound frontage road fully functional, including a new westbound exit ramp to Hwy 46 and an on-ramp serving those coming off the frontage road.
During the ramp closure traffic will use Business 87 (Main Street) and Hwy 46 (Bandera Road) to reach its destination. This route will be posted with signs as appropriate.

Next major thing at Fair Oaks Parkway
The next major closure of I-10 at Fair Oaks Parkway will be the granddaddy and is tentatively scheduled for August 4-7. We'll be demolishing the old Fair Oaks Parkway bridge, which will take a long time to get done. Why? We lay down a bed of sand and dirt on the road to cushion the main lanes against falling chunks of concrete, then break away and demolish the bridge, then clean up the debris, then clean up the sand/dirt bed we laid down. It takes a good minute to get done.
Before we do that, we'll be shifting traffic off the current bridge onto the new turnaround bridge; that turnaround bridge is wide enough to accommodate traffic the same as the current bridge does. This is a temporary shift until the full project is complete.
We'll have more info on this work in upcoming posts.

Wednesday, July 12

Some stuff got missed

Hey, y'all.


First thing's first: our apologies for failing to get some important info out to y'all in the manner you've become accustomed. We had a major closure on I-10 last weekend, a traffic shift at Lp 1604 and Military this week and a handful of other things to brief you on and we simply didn't get it done.


We hope you can forgive us.


We have no excuses, but we do have a good reason. Our staff consists of two folks, and we manage all communication efforts for the agency in a 12-county region. When one of us takes a vacation, things get bogged down pretty quickly. Between the two of us we handle all customer service calls, all media inquiries, conduct research to provide accurate and timely answers for all calls and inquiries, try to be proactive in our outreach efforts on a variety of issues (safety, planning, design, maintenance and construction), monitor social media and interact as appropriate, maintain relationships with our elected representatives and their staffs and headline at a variety of public speaking engagements.


And that's just on Tuesdays.


At any rate, we were short-handed for a couple of weeks due to vacations. We thought we had all our major construction issues posted on the blog for those two weeks, but some timetables shifted and we got caught off-guard. That's on us, fully. We simply hope you understand and can forgive.


We will spend the remainder of the week ensuring everything that's happening gets posted and you're back to being in the know so, when your coworker asks you about such-and-such highway project during your morning visit to the coffee pot in the break room, you'll be back to being the one everyone asks for the good info.


Thanks, y'all, for understanding and look for more posts through the week.


-TxDOTSanAntonio Communications Staff

Tuesday, June 27

Closures over Independence Day week(end)

The Texas Department of Transportation will have no planned major closures of roadways between Friday, June 30 at 9 p.m. and Wednesday, July 5 at 5 a.m. due to the expected increase in traffic during the Independence Day holiday.
Travel industry experts anticipate record-breaking numbers of Americans traveling this year for a number of reasons.
Considering such restrictions on our contractors is no light matter but our ultimate responsibility is to Texas travelers. When we know we will be hit with 3.2 million travelers over the course of a single weekend (some 2.7 million of which will be driving) the choice to put a stop on closures for a few days becomes an easy one.
Local YouTube celebrity Matt Carriker
It's our hope everyone enjoys a safe holiday with friends and family. If your celebration includes alcohol of any kind be sure to include a person appointed to stay sober with your group - that's someone who completely abstains from alcohol during the celebrating so they can drive safely.
If you're one of the millions taking to the road be sure to punch in your destination to your GPS before you leave your driveway. Do not text while driving under any circumstances.
By the way, did you know some GPS apps will keep your friends or family updated on your travel progress for you? That's right, you don't have to answer that message asking where you're at. You can have your travel app do it for you before they even ask.
Just a thought.
Whatever you're doing to celebrate 'Murica, please be safe out there. We'll be joining you in collectively wishing our nation a very happy birthday!

Monday, June 26

The next traffic shift along the I-10 corridor

A few weeks ago we teased some closures and changes set for the I-10 corridor this summer between Leon Springs and Boerne, with the first that major closure held over Fathers Day weekend at Fair Oaks Parkway.
It's now time for the next big change, though it won't impact daytime traffic much. This work will require overnight closures only. Here's a look from Friday's closures post:
  • Tuesday-Friday, June 27-30. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Eastbound exit to Scenic Loop road. The exit will close while crews move concrete barrier. Traffic will use exit 540 and continue along the frontage road to reach its destination.
  • Tuesday-Friday, June 27-30. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Eastbound main lanes at Scenic Loop Road. Alternating lanes will close while crews move traffic to at new configuration. One through lane will remain open for the duration of this work.
Overall project goal
The work at the intersection of I-10 and Scenic Loop Road is aimed at making traffic operate more smoothly. We're reconstructing the intersection and widening Scenic Loop Road under I-10 itself while upgrading the overpass (which will feature a taller, longer bridge). The $11.6 million project built by Austin Bridge and Road began at the start of 2016 and is set to wrap up early 2018.

What's happening
The main lanes of I-10 are being shifted to vacate the area currently in use by westbound traffic. This is a bit like the switch that happened back in February. The new overpass at Scenic Loop is being built in three stages, and this week's shift will get things in line for that final stage before traffic is put in its final configuration.
The shift will only be felt minimally by daily commuters who pay close attention to the driving task at hand while behind the wheel. Here's a look at what will be different:
All the work to shift traffic over will be done overnight so we don't have to disrupt daytime traffic. Even then they'll maintain a single lane moving through I-10 in each direction the whole time. Put simply, we just don't anticipate a major issue with this work.
So those driving through are aware this week, the eastbound lanes will be moved as soon as Tuesday night (but might push to Wednesday night) and the westbound lanes will be moved Thursday night. As long as drivers remain alert and aware, this should not pose any problems.

Next up
Just like last time we need to remove the old bridge structure once traffic is on it. Beginning Friday, July 14 (around 9 p.m.) and running through Monday, July 17 (around 5 a.m.) Austin Bridge and Road will shut down Scenic Loop Road at I-10 to do the necessary work. The detour we'll use is the same we used back in February. Traffic on Scenic Loop Road will use the frontage roads to turn around at Balcones Creek or Business 87 and reach its destination.
When we did this work last time Austin Bridge and Road was able to have work completed and everything reopened well ahead of schedule. That should be encouraging news to those who live, work and play in the vicinity. If something weird pops up on this go-round, that Monday morning opening time is our hard deadline.

Friday, June 23

Next week's construction-related closures

I-10 – Boerne
  • Tuesday-Friday, June 27-30. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Eastbound exit to Scenic Loop road. The exit will close while crews move concrete barrier. Traffic will use exit 540 and continue along the frontage road to reach its destination.
  • Tuesday-Friday, June 27-30. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Eastbound main lanes at Scenic Loop Road. Alternating lanes will close while crews move traffic to at new configuration. One through lane will remain open for the duration of this work.
I-10 – Fair Oaks Ranch
  • Thursday-Friday, June 29-30. Eastbound main lanes between Fair Oaks Parkway and Ralph Fair Road. The right lane will close while crews move barrier.
I-10 – Seguin
  • Wednesday, June 28. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Eastbound main lanes between Hwy 46 and Walnut Branch Creek. The left lane will close while crews remove barrier.
I-10 – East San Antonio
  • Current until Friday, June 30. 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. Westbound frontage road between Woodlake Parkway and FM 1516. Alternating lanes will close while crews build storm drain structures. One-way traffic will be controlled by a flagger.
I-35 – New Braunfels
  • Sunday-Tuesday, June 25-27. 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. nightly. Northbound main lanes between FM 306 and the Comal-Hayes county line. Alternating lanes will close while crews install rumble strips.
I-35 – Northeast San Antonio
  • Current until Tuesday, August 1 at 5 a.m. Turnarounds, both directions, at Walzem Road. The turnarounds will remain closed while crews do overhead bridge work.
  • Saturday, June 24 until Saturday, July 1. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between Rittiman Road and Thousand Oaks. Alternating lanes will close while crews work on the center median.
I-410 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Current until August 31. Northbound exit to Culebra Road. The exit will close while crews widen the main lanes and frontage road. Traffic will exit Ingram Road, turn around and get to Culebra on the southbound frontage road.
  • Current until Friday, June 30. 8:30 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Frontage roads, both directions, between Marbach Road and U.S. Hwy 90. Alternating lanes will close while crews do road work.
  • Saturday-Sunday, June 24-25. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Southbound frontage road between Military Drive and Hwy 151. All lanes will close while crews pour concrete. Traffic will use Richland Hills and Ingram Road to reach its destination.
  • Sunday-Tuesday, June 25-27. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Northbound main lanes between US Hwy 90 and Marbach Road. The left two lanes will close while crews do road work.
  • Sunday, June 25 until Friday, July 28. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Frontage roads, both directions, between US Hwy 90 and Hwy 151. Alternating lanes will close while crews widen the roadway.
  • Tuesday-Friday, June 27-30. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Southbound main lanes between Marbach Road and US Hwy 90. The left lane will close while crews do road work.
U.S. Hwy 90 – Near South San Antonio
  • Sunday, June 25 until Friday, July 28. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Frontage roads, both directions, between I-410 and Hunt Lane. Alternating lanes will close while crews widen the road.
U.S. Hwy 281 – Near North San Antonio
  • Sunday-Wednesday, June 25-28. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. nightly. Southbound main lanes between Mulberry Avenue and I-35. The left lanes will close while crews repair the bridge joints.
Hwy 151 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Current until August 31. Westbound exit ramp to Hunt Lane. The exit will close while crews work on retaining walls. Traffic will exit Ingram Road and follow the frontage road to reach its destination.
Other roads – Seguin
  • Current until August 31. Austin Street between Martindale and Seidman. The road will be converted to one-way only, moving southbound only, while crews do road work. Northbound traffic will use Guadalupe Street to reach its destination.
  • Tuesday, June 27. 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Hwy 46, both directions, at I-10. Alternating lanes will close while crews restripe the road for the work zone. Traffic will be directed by police officers.
Other roads – Northeast San Antonio
  • Saturday, June 24 until Saturday, July 1. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Walzem Road, both directions, at I-35. All lanes will close while crews work on columns. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turn around at the next cross street to reach its destination.
Other roads – Northwest San Antonio
  • Friday-Sunday, June 23-24. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Military Drive, both directions, at Loop 1604. All lanes will close while crews set overhead bridge support beams. Traffic will turn right onto Loop 1604 and turn around at the next cross street.
All closures are pending weather.

Thursday, June 22

A ramp is closing next week on US 90

Monday crews with Hunter Industries will close the westbound US Hwy 90 entrance ramp from I-410 to build the new Hunt Lane exit ramp. This closure is permanent. Traffic from I-410 will enter US 90 using a new ramp after Hunt Lane. If you're not sure which ramp is being closed, here's a look:
With the ramp closed crews will also be able to install some new drain structures to improve the drainage along the frontage road. This is the first of a series of major traffic changes coming up over the next month along US 90 between Loop 1604 and I-410 on the far west side. Here's a look at the other items coming up:

Week of July 2
We will restripe the new eastbound exit to I-410 to its final configuration; this means striping the eastbound frontage road to a single lane prior to the new exit ramp to I-410 to eliminate any conflict with exiting traffic. This will be done overnight after July 4th.

Week of July 9
Hunter will put traffic on the eastbound main lanes into the final configuration using overnight closures. This includes restriping the lanes to three lanes and placing the large overhead highway signs called for with this project. The new exit ramp to I-410 will be opened, meaning morning commuters may find some changes to the way they drive come July 10.
Once traffic is in its final configuration crews will still need to come back and lay a final surface of asphalt to the road. More of that coming.

Week of July 16
Essentially doing the same thing as the week prior, Hunter will put the westbound lanes into their final configuration. Just like on the eastbound side, we'll still need to lay our final surface of asphalt but you should be driving the road as intended through the final design.

Week of July 23
Using overnight closures crews will lay the final surface of asphalt and permanent pavement markings.

Weekend of July 28-31
Using closures at the intersection of I-410 and US 90, crews will tie in drain structures and the final asphalt with what's existing at the intersection.

If everything goes as planned the project should be finished by the end of August and those driving the US 90 corridor will be freed from the constant companionship of construction equipment. Well, at least along the stretch of US 90 itself. We do still have work ongoing at the intersection of Loop 1604 and at the intersection of I-410 (we're building direct connectors at both locations).
All of this is heavily weather-dependent, of course, and assumes the normal beautiful and sunny weather we enjoy during this time of year. If we do get hit by heavy rains at all, this timeline will push back accordingly.

Wednesday, June 21

Some updates on the two I-410 interchange projects

Josh Carrasco, we promised you a post on this project last week and failed to deliver. Please let this post make up for that and serve as a humble and complete apology - we are hoping our information here is more up-to-date and gets you the details you were hoping for.
We have two projects running concurrently at major I-410 interchanges. The first began in 2015 at the intersection of I-410 and Hwy 151. The other began last year and is at I-410 and US 90. Both projects are really similar; we're adding a westbound connector to northbound I-410 and another connector from southbound I-410 to the eastbound cross highway.
On both projects we're also making some changes to the way the frontage roads along I-410 operate (and on the cross highways), and that's the work leading to some of our questions and delays. Making the fact we have two projects running right over one another is made easier by the fact we have the same contractor working both projects - Williams Brothers Construction - which keeps coordination efforts between the two jobs at optimal levels.
At any rate, without further ado here's a brief report of what we've had going.

Westbound Hwy 151 to I-410
Last week drivers who drive eastbound Hwy 151 to I-410 wrestled with a temporary transition as the auxiliary lane that's normally between the on-ramp from Hunt Lane and the exit ramp to I-410 was converted to a normal acceleration lane. After the initial transition the morning of June 9 we had several signs placed along the road to alert drivers of the change. The transition allowed Williams Brothers to build some drain structures across the existing exit ramp.
That work finished a little faster than initially expected (it took one week rather than two) and traffic is now back to normal with the auxiliary lane back open.

New ramps on I-410 between Hwy 151 and Culebra
We have a number of ramps we're working on along the I-410 corridor on both sides of the road. The first to become part of your daily life is the new southbound exit ramp to Military Drive - which also brings a nifty bypass to get traffic around Military Drive to reach the businesses at Westover Marketplace. That will also mean the closure of the current Hwy 151 exit. Here's a look at what that'll be like (click to enlarge):
Once the exit and its bypass are open and fully in use (could be as early as August, if all goes right) we'll probably convert the old exit to Hwy 151 to an entrance ramp for all that traffic from Culebra Road. The southbound on-ramp from Culebra will bridge over the exit to Military and, because of some issues with the fabrication of steel beams for that bridge, will not be ready until the end of this year.
On the northbound side there's that pesky exit ramp to Culebra Road that's been closed since November. This one has also been impacted by some beam issues and the resultant refocus on work in other areas, and we are hoping today to have things reopened before Halloween. Before we can do that we'll need to have the entrance from Military Drive opened, which bridges over what will be the exit to Culebra. The good news is once that entrance is done all we need to do is lay asphalt for the Culebra exit, which shouldn't take too long at all. Our field personnel is trying to press this work item so we get it done sooner than later.

Hwy 151 progress
We already talked about that interruption on the eastbound side of Hwy 151. On the westbound side we've had the exit to Hunt Lane closed since February. We are still on pace to have it reopened by the end of August as promised.

The direct connectors
The key components of the project are the direct connectors taking eastbound Hwy 151 traffic to northbound I-410 and southbound I-410 traffic to westbound Hwy 151. We had some issues with the steel beams required for the longer bridge spans - those are all ironed out now (see what we did right there?). Right now we are hoping to have the remaining bridge support beams set early 2018 and put traffic on the connectors mid-2018.

South of Hwy 151
This work is still in the earliest stages, though you'll likely notice we've already started building bridge support columns near the intersection of US Hwy 90 and I-410. We have a lot to do between now and getting  open to traffic those direct connectors from eastbound US 90 to northbound I-410 and from southbound I-410 to westbound US 90. That's expected mid-2020, by the way.
The biggest pinch point right now is the southbound frontage road between Hwy 151 and Marbach Road. We have a ramp closed in that area (the southbound exit to Lakeside Pkwy) and traffic is reduced to a single lane for a few hundred feet. Williams Brothers is working hard to widen the road and construct good curbs and sidewalks along the frontage road project-wide, but we ran into a utility conflict right there approaching Marbach. If things work out the way everyone on the project is hoping. we should be wrapped up with the frontage road work by the end of 2017.
Between then and now we'll also have a noise deflection wall built along the northbound frontage road between Marbach and Hwy 151. Folks in the area should expect to see that work happening rapidly through the summer.

Friday, June 16

Next week's construction-related closures

I-10 – Fair Oaks Ranch
  • Saturday, June 17 at 5 a.m. until Monday, June 19 at 6 a.m. Main lanes, both directions, at Fair Oaks Parkway. All lanes will close while crews set bridge support beams. Traffic will exit Fair Oaks Parkway, continue through the intersection and re-enter the highway. The frontage road will be contraflowed and temporary ramps will be employed to allow traffic to remain with two lanes in each direction through the closure area. Through traffic on the frontage roads will not be permitted.
  • Saturday, June 17 at 5 a.m. until Monday, June 19 at 6 a.m. Frontage roads, all directions, at Fair Oaks Parkway. All frontage roads will be blocked at the temporary ramps from the main lanes to allow for continuous safe flow of main lane traffic.
I-10 – East San Antonio
  • Current until Friday, June 30. 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. Westbound frontage road between Woodlake Parkway and FM 1516. Alternating lanes will close while crews build storm drain structures. One-way traffic will be controlled by a flagger.
I-35 – New Braunfels
  • Monday-Friday, June 19-23. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between Schmidt and Solms roads. Alternating lanes will close while crews resurface the road.
  • Monday-Tuesday, June 19-20. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Main lanes, both directions, between the Comal-Hayes county line and FM 306. Alternating lanes will close while crews install rumble strips on the shoulders.
  • Tuesday, June 20. 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Southbound main lanes at York Creek. The right lane will close while crews work on guardrail.
I-35 – Northeast San Antonio
  • Current until Tuesday, August 1 at 5 a.m. Turnarounds, both directions, at Walzem Road. The turnarounds will remain closed while crews do overhead bridge work.
  • Monday-Saturday, June 19-24. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between Eisenhauer Road and Crestway Drive. The left lanes will close while crews work on the center median.
I-410 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Current until August 31. Northbound exit to Culebra Road. The exit will close while crews widen the main lanes and frontage road. Traffic will exit Ingram Road, turn around and get to Culebra on the southbound frontage road.
  • Current until Friday, June 23. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Southbound main lanes between Culebra Road and Military Drive. The two right lanes will close while crews set concrete deck panels. This closure includes the entrance ramp from Culebra Road. Traffic will use the next available ramp.
  • Friday, June 16 until Friday, June 30. 8:30 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Frontage roads, both directions, between Marbach Road and U.S. Hwy 90. Alternating lanes will close while crews do road work.
U.S. Hwy 90 – Near South San Antonio
  • Sunday-Monday, June 18-19. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Eastbound connector ramp to northbound I-35. The ramp will close while crews stripe the road. Traffic will head south on I-35 to Theo Malone and turn around to reach its destination.
  • Tuesday-Friday, June 20-23. 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Eastbound frontage road between Hunt Lane and I-410. The right lane will close while crews move barriers and restripe the road.
U.S. Hwy 281 – Near North San Antonio
  • Monday-Sunday, June 18-19. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Northbound main lanes between the terminal exit for San Antonio International Airport and I-410. Alternating lanes will close while crews resurface the road.
Hwy 151 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Current until August 31. Westbound exit ramp to Hunt Lane. The exit will close while crews work on retaining walls. Traffic will exit Ingram Road and follow the frontage road to reach its destination.
  • Monday-Tuesday, June 19-20. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Eastbound main lanes between Ingram Road and I-410. The right lane will close while crews move barrier and restripe the road. With this work the eastbound exit to I-410 will return to its original configuration.
  • Tuesday-Friday, June 20-23. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Eastbound main lanes between Ingram Road and I-410. The right lane will close while crews do overhead bridge work. This closure includes the entrance ramp from Ingram Road. Traffic will use the next available ramp.
Other roads – Seguin
  • Current until August 31. Austin Street between Martindale and Seidman. The road will be converted to one-way only, moving southbound only, while crews do road work. Northbound traffic will use Guadalupe Street to reach its destination.
Other roads – Boerne
  • Sunday-Friday, June 18-23. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Hwy 46, both directions, between Ammann Road and Rust Lane as well as between FM 3351 and Evans Road. Alternating lanes will close in each location while crews lay asphalt. Traffic will be controlled by off-duty police officers.
Other roads – Fair Oaks Ranch
  • Saturday, June 17 at 5 a.m. until Monday, June 19 at 6 a.m. Fair Oaks Parkway, both directions, at I-10. Access to and from Fair Oaks Parkway will be limited to right-in, right-out only. Cross traffic on the I-10 frontage road will not stop due to the main lanes closure.
  • Saturday, June 17 at 5 a.m. until Monday, June 19 at 6 a.m. Tarpon Drive, both directions, at I-10. Access to and from Tarpon Drive will be limited to right-in, right-out only. Cross traffic on the I-10 frontage road will not stop due to the main lanes closure.
  • Saturday, June 17 at 5 a.m. until Monday, June 19 at 6 a.m. Old Fredericksburg Road, both directions, at I-10. All lanes will close at the I-10 frontage road. Traffic will use Dietz-Elkhorn Road to reach Old Fredericksburg Road.
Other roads – Northeast San Antonio
  • Monday-Saturday, June 19-24. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Walzem Road, both directions, at I-35. All lanes will close while crews work on columns. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turn around at the next cross street to reach its destination.
Other roads – East San Antonio
  • Monday-Thursday, June 19-22. 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. FM 78, both directions, at Loop 1604. Alternating lanes will close while crews lay asphalt.
All closures are pending weather.

Wednesday, June 14

This weekend's closure on I-10

You may have read last week of our planned closure on I-10 at Fair Oaks Ranch scheduled for June 17-18.
Earlier today we rode along with project engineer Joe Mendez to get a feel for how the closure will go. If you missed the live broadcast, check out the rebroadcast:
Please note Joe was driving and the video device was held and operated by the passenger. #Safetyfirst, right?

Friday, June 9

Next week's construction-related closures

I-10 – Seguin
  • Monday, June 12. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Eastbound main lanes between Hwy 123 and North Austin Street. The right lane will close while crews move barrier.
  • Tuesday, June 13. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Eastbound main lanes between Hwy 123 and North Austin Street. The right lane will close while crews build a new on-ramp.
I-10 – Fair Oaks Ranch
  • Saturday, June 17 at 5 a.m. until Monday, June 19 at 6 a.m. Main lanes, both directions, at Fair Oaks Parkway. All lanes will close while crews set bridge support beams. Traffic will exit Fair Oaks Parkway, continue through the intersection and re-enter the highway. The frontage road will be contraflowed and temporary ramps will be employed to allow traffic to remain with two lanes in each direction through the closure area. Through traffic on the frontage roads will not be permitted.
  • Saturday, June 17 at 5 a.m. until Monday, June 19 at 6 a.m. Frontage roads, all directions, at Fair Oaks Parkway. All frontage roads will be blocked at the temporary ramps from the main lanes to allow for continuous safe flow of main lane traffic.
I-10 – East San Antonio
  • Saturday, June 10 until Friday, June 30. 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. Westbound frontage road between Woodlake Parkway and FM 1516. Alternating lanes will close while crews build storm drain structures. One-way traffic will be controlled by a flagger.
I-35 – New Braunfels
  • Sunday-Wednesday, June 11-14. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. nightly. Southbound main lanes between the Comal-Hayes county line and FM 306. Alternating lanes will close while crews resurface the road.
  • Wednesday-Friday, June 14-16. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. nightly. Northbound main lanes between FM 306 and the Comal-Hayes county line. Alternating lanes will close while crews resurface the road.
I-35 – Northeast San Antonio
  • Current until Tuesday, August 1 at 5 a.m. Turnarounds, both directions, at Walzem Road. The turnarounds will remain closed while crews do overhead bridge work.
  • Current until Friday, June 16. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Southbound main lanes between Eisenhauer Road and Crestway Drive. The two left lanes will close while crews work on the center median.
  • Friday-Saturday, June 9-10. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Main lanes, both directions, between Eisenhauer Road and Crestway Drive. The left lane will close while crews work on the center median.
  • Saturday-Sunday, June 10-11. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Main lanes, both directions, between Rittiman Road and George Beach. The left lane will close while crews work on the digital message board.
I-35 – East San Antonio
  • Monday-Tuesday, June 12-13. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Northbound main lanes between AT&T Parkway and Splashtown Drive. All lanes will close while crews move barrier. Traffic will exit Splashtown Drive and re-enter the highway at the next available ramp.
  • Tuesday-Wednesday, June 13-14. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Southbound main lanes between AT&T Parkway and Hines Street. All lanes will close while crews move barrier. Traffic will exit AT&T Parkway and re-enter the highway at the next available ramp.
I-410 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Current until August 31. Northbound exit to Culebra Road. The exit will close while crews widen the main lanes and frontage road. Traffic will exit Ingram Road, turn around and get to Culebra on the southbound frontage road.
  • Friday-Saturday, June 9-10. 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Southbound frontage road between Military Drive and Hwy 151. All lanes will close while crews pour concrete. Traffic will use Richland Hills and Ingram Road to reach its destination.
  • Wednesday-Thursday, June 14-15. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Southbound frontage road between Culebra Road and Military Drive. All lanes will close while crews do concrete work. Traffic will enter the highway from Culebra Road and re-exit Military Drive.
  • Thursday, June 15 until Friday, June 23. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Southbound main lanes between Culebra Road and Military Drive. The two right lanes will close while crews set concrete deck panels. This closure includes the entrance ramp from Culebra Road. Traffic will use the next available ramp.
U.S. Hwy 281 – Near North San Antonio
  • Sunday-Monday, June 11-12. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Main lanes, both directions, between I-35 and Josephine. The left lanes will close while crews repave the road. This closure includes ramps as needed. Traffic will follow the posted detour route.
  • Monday-Tuesday, June 12-13. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Main lanes, both directions, between I-35 and Mulberry Avenue. The left lanes will close while crews repave the road. This closure includes ramps as needed. Traffic will follow the posted detour route.
  • Tuesday-Wednesday, June 13-14. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Northbound entrance ramp from East Hildebrand and northbound exit ramps to Basse Road. The ramps will close while crews lay asphalt. Traffic will use the next available ramp and turn around to reach its destination.
  • Monday-Sunday, June 18-19. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Northbound main lanes between the terminal exit for San Antonio International Airport and I-410. Alternating lanes will close while crews resurface the road.
Hwy 151 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Current until August 31. Westbound exit ramp to Hunt Lane. The exit will close while crews work on retaining walls. Traffic will exit Ingram Road and follow the frontage road to reach its destination.
  • Friday-Monday, June 9-12. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Eastbound main lanes between Potranco Road and I-410. The right lane will close while crews move barrier. This closure includes the ramp to I-410. Traffic will exit Callaghan Road and turn around to reach its destination.
  • Monday, June 12. 9 a.m. until noon. Eastbound frontage road between Ingram Road and I-410. The left lane will close while crews hang bridge support beams.
  • Monday-Wednesday, June 12-14. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Eastbound main lanes between Potranco Road and I-410. The right lane will close while crews do bridge work. This closure includes the entrance ramp from Ingram Road. Traffic will use the next available ramp.
Other roads – New Braunfels
  • Sunday-Friday, June 11-16. 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. nightly. Hwy 46, both directions, between FM 758 and I-35. Alternating lanes will close while crews repave the road.
  • Monday-Friday, June 12-16. 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Northbound Hwy 46 between FM 758 and I-35. The right lane will close while crews do concrete work.
Other roads – Seguin
  • Current until August 31. Austin Street between Martindale and Seidman. The road will be converted to one-way only, moving southbound only, while crews do road work. Northbound traffic will use Guadalupe Street to reach its destination.
  • Friday, June 9 at 7 p.m. until Monday, June 12 at 6 a.m. Austin Street, both directions, at Baxter Street. All lanes will close while crews install utility lines. Traffic will follow the posted detour route.
Other roads – Boerne
  • Sunday-Friday, June 18-23. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Hwy 46, both directions, between Ammann Road and Rust Lane as well as between FM 3351 and Evans Road. Alternating lanes will close in each location while crews lay asphalt. Traffic will be controlled by off-duty police officers.
Other roads – Fair Oaks Ranch
  • Saturday, June 17 at 5 a.m. until Monday, June 19 at 6 a.m. Fair Oaks Parkway, both directions, at I-10. Access to and from Fair Oaks Parkway will be limited to right-in, right-out only. Cross traffic on the I-10 frontage road will not stop due to the main lanes closure.
  • Saturday, June 17 at 5 a.m. until Monday, June 19 at 6 a.m. Tarpon Drive, both directions, at I-10. Access to and from Tarpon Drive will be limited to right-in, right-out only. Cross traffic on the I-10 frontage road will not stop due to the main lanes closure.
  • Saturday, June 17 at 5 a.m. until Monday, June 19 at 6 a.m. Old Fredericksburg Road, both directions, at I-10. All lanes will close at the I-10 frontage road. Traffic will use Dietz-Elkhorn Road to reach Old Fredericksburg Road.
Other roads – Northeast San Antonio
  • Current until Friday, June 16. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Walzem Road, both directions, at I-35. All lanes will close while crews do overhead work. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turn around at the next available cross road to reach its destination.
Other roads – Northwest San Antonio
  • Monday, June 12. 9 a.m. until noon. Ingram Road, both directions, at Hwy 151. All lanes will close while crews set bridge support beams overhead. Traffic in each direction will turn right onto Hwy 151 frontage road and turn around at the next cross street to reach its destination.
  • Monday-Friday, June 12-16. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Potranco Road, both directions, between Tisbury Parkway and Hunt Lane. The left lane will close while crews work on concrete medians.
  • Tuesday-Wednesday, June 13-14. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Wiseman Boulevard, both directions, at Loop 1604. All lanes will close while crews set bridge deck panels overhead. Traffic in both directions will turn right onto Loop 1604 and turn around at the next cross street to reach its destination.
All closures are pending weather.

US 281 project start date

The $192 million project to expand US 281 to a six-lane expressway with frontage roads between Lp 1604 and Stone Oak Parkway will begin on July 17.

What we are doing
The finished product will have three express lanes in each direction, one of those lanes being reserved for transit and carpool vehicles. Frontage roads will match the existing road today with two or three lanes each way.

We are also finishing the interchange at Lp 1604 with the four remaining direct connectors north of Lp 1604. A direct ramp to and from a new VIA facility at Stone Oak Parkway is included. 
Webber Construction won the contract in February. They have about three and a half years to finish the work. We expect to wrap up work the first half of 2021. 

What to expect
Our ultimate goal is to maintain the current level of service to drivers during construction. That means keeping the same number of lanes operating that are available today and keeping the traffic signals optimized for through traffic flow. Yes, we'll be keeping the superstreet going through the duration of work. Signal timing is done by the city of San Antonio, and we will maintain careful contact with their staff to ensure things work properly all the way.
Lane closures for planned work activities are limited to overnight hours (9 p.m. until 5 a.m.) Monday until Thursday. We will have no overnight closures on Friday nights.
We will have occasional weekend-long closures for major work items 3 a.m. Saturdays until 5 a.m. Mondays. During these weekend closures we will keep one lane open in both directions on the main lanes of US 281. It'll be rough getting through, but it will be passable.
All closures will be posted in our weekly closures alert, and major closures will be announced on this blog as needed. 

What will be built first
After barricades and construction signs are set (that will take a couple of weeks) crews will start working on what will become the northbound frontage road beginning around Loop 1604. Minor overnight closures will be used to get the work zone set up and the first phase of work underway.

Thursday, June 8

What's going on with FM 1560?

Those living in the Helotes area may (or may not) have a few questions about the haps on FM 1560. Well, here are the answers.

Low water crossing
A few weeks ago Dan Williams Company started setting up a work zone on FM 1560 between Wynstone Place and Parrigin Road. The $1.4 million project replaces box culverts with a bridge that will prevent the road from being closed for high water during future storms.
For now the only impact to traffic is having the roadway lanes shifted a bit to create a safe work zone as crews do work on the south side of the road. Expect to see several traffic shifts as work continues to progress.
Overall completion of the work is expected near the start of 2018.

The old gas station near the Bandera Rd intersection
The old Shell Station at the intersection of FM 1560 and Hwy 16 has been vacant for a few months at this point and is being demolished. Why?
Well, because (in part) we're going to reconstruct that intersection. FM 1560 will have a four-way intersection at Riggs Road and intersect with Hwy 16 right next to 2 Fat Guys. Here's a look (click to enlarge):
For those who check out the project information page we created after holding our open house on the project, we are not building the superstreet through Helotes at this point. To be honest, we don't have that work currently programmed or funded; it's an idea we're still playing with, but not something to expect in the next couple of years.
The intersection work, though, is moving forward later this month. The folks with Dan Williams will be doing this $3.4 million project as well, which should be done by the end of summer 2018.

Wednesday, June 7

Summer closures on I-10 start June 17

Over the course of the summer we'll have about a half-dozen major closures or traffic shifts on I-10 between Leon Springs and Boerne. The first will happen June 17-18 at Fair Oaks Parkway.
Yes, that's the weekend of Father's Day. We know that - and we have no intention to disturb the great day of dads. Here are the details:

Fair Oaks Parkway
Temporary ramps have been built to
detour main lane traffic onto and off of
the frontage roads at Fair Oaks Parkway.
For those unfamiliar with the territory here, we're reconstructing the Fair Oaks Parkway overpass with a bunch of extra capacity. The bridge currently has two lanes and stop signs at all the corners. The new bridge will feature two lanes in each direction, left turn lanes and a west-to-east turnaround.
On June 17 RELMCo Inc. will set bridge support beams for the new turnaround. Starting 5 a.m. Saturday (and going through Monday at 6 a.m., though we hope to be done much sooner) all main lanes of I-10 will exit Fair Oaks Parkway, run through the intersection and re-enter the highway. We have temporary ramps constructed and we'll contraflow the frontage roads to keep two lanes of main lane traffic flowing.
This means through traffic will be blocked on the frontage roads approaching Fair Oaks Parkway. Traffic to and from Fair Oaks Parkway (and Tarpon Drive) will be right-in, right-out only. Finally Old Fredericksburg Road and Leslie Pfeiffer Drive will be closed off from I-10.
Clear as mud? Perhaps this image will help:
Red areas will be closed; the green areas will be the traffic lanes for the duration of the closure.
When work is done traffic will be restored to its "normal" configuration and the temporary ramps will be blocked off again. We'll be using them for other closures in the future, though. This is the first of about a half-dozen full closures that will occupy a weekend at this location. Expect overnight closures later this summer as crews pour concrete.
Every effort has been made to minimize the impact on the flow of main lane traffic. However, frontage road and side street traffic will be heavily impacted. No driveways running up to the frontage road will be accessible during this closure; this should not significantly impact the businesses in the area, as all affected businesses have alternate access points.

Other closures
All but two of the following six weekends will feature a major closure or a traffic switch of some sort, and we'll have plenty of overnight closures as well. Here's the quick rundown so you can mark your calendars:
  • July 7-10, westbound exit ramp to Hwy 46. The ramp will close while crews put finishing touches on a new ramp and the new westbound frontage road. Traffic will use US 87 to reach Hwy 46.
  • July 8-9, main lanes at Scenic Loop Road. This one will be alternating lanes while crews move traffic lanes around for the final phase of construction.
  • July 14-17, eastbound main lanes between Ralph Fair Road and Fair Oaks Parkway. Alternating lanes will close while crews move traffic up onto the new overpass bridge.
  • July 21-24, westbound main lanes between Ralph Fair Road and Fair Oaks Parkway. Alternating lanes will close while crews move traffic up onto the new overpass bridge.
All these dates are subject to change for a variety of reasons, but this is the current plan. We'll have more details about each closure or traffic swap as they draw near.



Tuesday, June 6

What to expect this summer on I-10 east of town

Summer is here and our contractors are working away on the I-10 project east of town. As construction activity increases this summer drivers can expect one of several Texas-sized project milestones to be completed. Here's a look at what’s to come this summer and where the contractor is with the project.

Brief overview
In case you need a refresher, the $63.8 million project started late 2016 and is expected to wrap up mid-2019. We’ve hired Texas Sterling Construction as the contractor along with CEC as the project management and inspection team. A new bridge at Woodlake Parkway is being constructed and we’re upgrading intersections, adding new signals and reconfiguring the entrance and exit ramps. You can read all the details about the project here. The most significant impact the project will have is the conversion of the frontage roads to one-way between Foster and Graytown roads. Studies indicate a significant reduction in crashes when a two-way access road is converted to one-way frontage roads. Drivers should expect to see construction start on the one-way frontage roads late summer.

Milestones & Construction
Texas Sterling hopes to have the westbound bridge over a new
Woodlake Parkway intersection finished this summer.
Texas Sterling has completed their first milestone by rebuilding the eastbound to westbound turnarounds at Foster Road. Drivers might have noticed the turnaround was widened and reopened a couple of weeks ago. The construction of the new turnaround gives drivers, especially larger trucks, improved access and turning radius. Crews will begin working on the westbound to eastbound turnaround bridge in July.
The contractor is working away on a second milestone: construction of the westbound mainlanes and the Woodlake Parkway overpass. The bridge structure is up and crews are setting beams. The permanent retaining wall is about halfway complete. Crews will begin pouring the bridge deck on June 7th and construction of the other side of the bridge will begin late summer.

Need More Information
Have questions and need some answers? Let us know and we’ll be happy to address any concerns - we want to keep you informed. Wherever you're driving, be safe and drive smart.

Friday, June 2

Next week's construction-related closures

I-10 – East San Antonio
  • Current until Friday, June 9. 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. Westbound frontage road between Woodlake Parkway and FM 1516. Alternating lanes will close while crews install storm drains. Traffic will be one-way, controlled by flaggers.
I-35 – New Braunfels
  • Sunday-Friday, June 4-9. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between Schmidt and Solms roads. Alternating lanes will close as crews resurface the road.
  • Sunday-Friday, June 4-9. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Southbound main lanes between the Comal-Hayes county line and FM 306. Alternating lanes, two at a time, will close while crews resurface the road.
  • Wednesday, June 7. 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Southbound main lanes at York Creek. The right lane will close while crews work on the guardrail.
I-35 – Northeast San Antonio
  • Current until Tuesday, August 1 at 5 a.m. Turnarounds, both directions, at Walzem Road. The turnarounds will remain closed while crews do overhead bridge work.
  • Sunday-Tuesday, June 4-6. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Main lanes, both directions, between Walzem Road and Crestway Drive. The left lane will close while crews work on overhead highway signs.
  • Tuesday-Friday, June 6-9. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Main lanes, both directions, between Eisenhauer Road and Crestway Drive. The left lane will close while crews work on the center median.
I-35 – East San Antonio
  • Friday-Saturday, June 2-3. 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. Southbound main lanes at New Braunfels Avenue. All lanes will close while crews do overhead bridge work. Traffic will exit New Braunfels Avenue, continue along the frontage road and re-enter the highway at the next available ramp.
I-35 – Downtown
  • Sunday, June 4. 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. Northbound main lanes at U.S. Hwy 90. The two right lanes will close while crews do bridge work. This includes the on ramp from Theo Avenue. Traffic will head south to Division Avenue, turn around and use the available ramp.
I-410 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Current until August 31. Northbound exit to Culebra Road. The exit will close while crews widen the main lanes and frontage road. Traffic will exit Ingram Road, turn around and get to Culebra on the southbound frontage road.
  • Monday-Wednesday, June 5-7. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Southbound frontage road at Hwy 151. All lanes will close while crews do overhead concrete work. Traffic will turn right onto the westbound frontage road of Hwy 151 and turn around at Ingram Road to reach its destination.
  • Monday-Wednesday, June 5-7. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Northbound frontage road between Military Drive and Culebra Road. All lanes will close while crews install drain structures. Traffic will enter the main lanes of I-410 and exit Ingram Road then turn around to reach Culebra Road.
  • Tuesday-Friday, June 6-9. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Northbound main lanes between US 90 and Marbach. The right lane will close while crews set barrier.
U.S. Hwy 90 – West San Antonio
  • Sunday-Friday, June 4-9. 9 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. nightly. Westbound frontage road between Tomar and Hunt Lane. All lanes will close while crews install storm drains. Traffic will enter the main lanes of US 90 and exit Hunt Lane as needed.
U.S. Hwy 281 – Near North San Antonio
  • Sunday-Monday, June 4-5. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Southbound main lanes between Jones Maltsberger and Basse Road. The right two lanes will close while crews resurface the roadway.
  • Monday-Tuesday, June 5-6. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Northbound main lanes between Stadium Drive and Jones-Maltsberger. The two right lanes will close while crews do concrete work. This closure will include ramps as needed. Traffic will use the next available ramp to reach its destination.
  • Monday-Tuesday, June 5-6. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Southbound main lanes between Hildebrand and Stadium Drive. The two right lanes will close while crews resurface the road. This closure includes ramps as needed. Traffic will use the next available ramp to reach its destination.
  • Tuesday-Wednesday, June 6-7. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Southbound exit ramp to Josephine. The ramp will close while crews resurface the road. Traffic will use the next available ramp and turn around to reach its destination.
  • Tuesday-Wednesday, June 6-7. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Northbound main lanes between I-410 and Josephine. The three left lanes will close while crews resurface the roadway.
  • Wednesday-Thursday, June 7-8. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Northbound main lanes between I-410 and St. Mary’s. The two right lanes will close while crews resurface the roadway.
  • Thursday-Friday, June 8-9. 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Northbound exit ramps to Basse Road. The ramps will close while crews resurface the road. Traffic will use the next available ramp and turn around to reach its destination.
Hwy 151 – Northwest San Antonio
  • Current until August 31. Westbound exit ramp to Hunt Lane. The exit will close while crews work on retaining walls. Traffic will exit Ingram Road and follow the frontage road to reach its destination.
  • Monday-Wednesday, June 5-7. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. nightly. Eastbound main lanes between I-410 and Ingram Road. All lanes will close while crews do overhead concrete work. Traffic will exit I-410, travel through the I-410 intersection and re-enter the highway at the next available ramp.
  • Tuesday, June 6. 10 a.m. until noon. Westbound frontage road at Ingram Road. The left lane will close while crews set bridge support beams.
Other roads – Seguin
  • Current until August 31. Austin Street between Martindale and Seidman. The road will be converted to one-way only, moving southbound only, while crews do road work. Northbound traffic will use Guadalupe Street to reach its destination.
Other roads – East San Antonio
  • Friday-Saturday, June 2-3. 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. New Braunfels Avenue, both directions, at I-35. All lanes will close while crews do bridge work on the New Braunfels Avenue overpass. Traffic will turn right onto the frontage road and turn around to reach its destination.
Other roads – Northwest San Antonio
  • Monday-Friday, June 5-9. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Potranco Road, both directions, between Dugas Drive and Hunt Lane. The left lane will close while crews work on the median.
  • Tuesday, June 6. 10 a.m. until noon. Ingram Road, both directions, at Hwy 151. All lanes will close while crews set overhead bridge support beams. Traffic will turn right onto the Hwy 151 frontage road and turn around at the next cross street to reach its destination.
  • Tuesday, June 6. 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Westbound Wiseman Boulevard at Loop 1604. The right lane will close while crews set bridge beams overhead.
  • Tuesday-Wednesday, June 6-7. 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Wiseman Boulevard, both directions, at Loop 1604. All lanes will close while crews set bridge beams overhead. Traffic will turn right onto Loop 1604 and turn around at the next cross street to reach its destination.
All closures are pending weather.
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