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Friday, July 31, 2015

Voters Will Decide Whether To Expand 281 North of 1604

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 2:00 PM

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Two lanes of unbroken traffic stopped for miles by red light after red light after and, yes, another red light.

Living in San Antonio most are quite familiar with the notion and sloth-like motion of traffic. However, living in northern San Antonio, you know the stretch between Loop 1604 and Stone Oak Parkway while traveling north on US 281 takes the cake for WORST TRAFFIC in the Alamo City. (We know, it's open for debate.)

The Alamo Regional Mobility Authority announced today a record of decision. Basically, the traffic masters have finally decided on a plan of action after reviewing several ways to fix this nasty traffic snarl.

"Final financing details and fee structures are pending the results of a Traffic and Revenue Study and the outcome of Proposition 7, which will go before voters in November 2015," The Alamo RMA says in a press announcement.

The plan targets a roughly an eight-mile stretch from Loop 1604 to Borgfeld Drive. 

The highway is projected to see the removal of stop lights, inclusion of overpasses and the addition of mixed toll and general purpose lanes (non-toll).

The project plans also include several elements which additionally alleviate congestion. The plan calls for the accommodation of bicycle and pedestrian facilities; bus park and ride facilities, which include new bus routes; and the inclusion of noise barriers.

However happy this announcement makes you, it depends on voters, who typically show up in disgraceful numbers in Bexar County. 

If voters give the green light, construction starts in 2017, and will take an estimated four years to complete.

US 281 Final ROD_7-17-15

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