Wednesday, March 29

US 281 expansion about to kick off

The headline is no typo, and April Fools is still a few days away.
No, this is for real.
Unless you're a total newbie to San Antonio, you're well aware of the long saga that has been the proposed expansion of US 281 north of Loop 1604.
Friday morning Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus and Texas Transportation Commissioner J. Bruce Bugg, Jr., will host state and local elected representatives and other transportation stakeholders to break ground on the expansion of U.S. 281 between Loop 1604 and the Bexar-Comal county line in north San Antonio.
Part of the expansion falls under the statewide congestion relief initiative known as Texas Clear Lanes.
The $374.3 million expansion project will be constructed in two phases. The first phase of the U.S. 281 expansion will actually begin construction in May and adds non-tolled express lanes between Loop 1604 and Stone Oak Parkway. The Texas Tranpsortation Commission awarded the $192.3 million contract to Webber Construction last month.
The second phase, which will begin in 2019, starts just north of Stone Oak Parkway and continues to the county line.
We'll have more details next week about the project and how it will impact you during the four years it will take to complete.
The event Friday begins at 10:30 a.m. and will wrap up around 11:30 a.m. We will live-stream the event via Twitter for those interested in tuning in.