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New 281/1604 flyover ramps set to open Sunday

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SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – Your drive on the most congested corridor in the San Antonio area should get a little smoother this weekend.

Two new flyover ramps on Highway 281 at Loop 1604 in the North Side are scheduled to open Sunday.   The ramps will provide a direct connection from the southbound man lanes of US-281 to the eastbound and westbound lanes of Loop 1604.

“The opening of the new flyover ramps marks a major milestone of the US-281 expansion project,” said TxDOT District Engineer Mario Jorge. “We are excited to share this milestone with the community as we move forward with our initiative to reduce travel delays on the most congested corridor in the San Antonio area.”

 The remaining two ramps connecting Loop 1604 to northbound US-281, are scheduled to open by the end of 2021.

The US 281 expansion project will deliver several improvements along an eight-mile stretch of US-281 between Loop 1604 and Borgfeld Drive in Bexar County. The project will provide two non-tolled general purpose lanes and one high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane for ride sharing in each direction.

“The expansion project will bring much needed relief to the 91,000 drivers that travel on the corridor each day,” said Jorge. “Once complete, this project will reduce motorist delays by 660,000 hours every year.”

Construction on the US 281 expansion project is planned in two segments. The first segment, which includes improvements from Loop 1604 to Stone Oak Parkway, began construction in 2017 and is on schedule for completion in 2021. Segment 2, from Stone Oak Parkway to Borgfeld Drive, began construction in 2019 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2023.

The final phases will include:

  • New highway lanes from Evans Road to Borgfeld Drive;
  • Frontage roads that include bicycle and pedestrian facilities to promote multimodal transportation options;
  • HOV lanes connected directly to and from VIA’s Stone Oak Park and Ride facility;
  • Flyover ramps to connect Loop 1604 to US-281 northbound mainlanes; and,
  • Several auxiliary improvements to enhance safety along the corridor (i.e. sidewalks, driveways, traffic signals, pavement markings).

With an estimated total cost of $532 million, funding for this project is the result of investments from several sources including TxDOT, the City of San Antonio, Bexar County, VIA Metropolitan Transit, the Advanced Transportation District, as well as state and federal funds that are administered by the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. Additionally, the approval of Proposition 7 and the Texas Clear Lanes initiative have allowed project improvements to move forward without the use of tolls.

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