Texas Transportation Commissioner Bruce Bugg last week announced the Texas Department of Transportation’s plan to allocate $90 million in improvements along Loop 410 between U.S. Highway 90 and State Highway 151. The project is made possible due to Congressional passage of the FAST Act, which sends long-term funding certainty for critical transportation projects for the first time in 10 years. Loop 410 on San Antonio’s West Side has seen a rise in traffic congestion while the overall area has experienced a surge in commercial and housing development that stretches toward Loop 1604.
U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-San Antonio) said the roadway improvements will help to get traffic moving and revitalize economic development on the far West Side. “Blocked roadways do more damage than just making people late—they discourage commerce and economic development,” said Hurd, the Congressman from District 23, in a press release.
“The announcement is important for many residents of my district, especially those who commute to Lackland Air Force Base and Port San Antonio. I was proud to support the FAST Act, allocating resources to Texas so that we can finally tackle our infrastructure problems in a thoughtful, long-term way.
Hurd continued: The commission clearly understands the traffic challenges that San Antonio is facing, and I commend Commissioner Bugg for his leadership in relieving existing and projected congestion.”
The $90 million will fund the second phase of a larger project that initially has included improvements for U.S. 90 between the loops. The second phase will see the construction of the first two connectors of an eventual fully directional interchange at 410 and 90. On northbound 410, the entrance ramp from Marbach Road and the exit ramp to 151 will be reversed. On southbound 410, the entrance ramp from Marbach will be moved further south to after the exit for 90.
Local and state officials hope to break ground before the end of 2016, and finish the project by the winter of 2020. “This project is just one of many which is part of the statewide congestion relief initiatives known as TexasClearLanes,” said Bugg in a news release. “There is a sense of urgency at the local level to start as many congestion relief projects in San Antonio and in other major metropolitan areas with populations over 1 million to improve movement of people and goods around our great state.”
“I applaud Congressman Hurd’s dedication,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff in a release. “This area is the most rapidly growing side of the County with over 500,000 people expected to move here within the next few years. This project will go a long way to help get folks moving.”