Last week, the Texas Transportation Commission approved a $17 million financial assistance grant to the Alamo Regional Mobility Authority for the Loop 1604 Managed Lanes Project.
The Loop 1604 Managed Lanes Project consists of tolled and non-tolled improvements, including the addition of two tolled managed lanes in each direction along Loop 1604 from SH 16 to I-35 and the addition of eight direct connectors at the Loop 1604 and I-10 interchange. The project will also include mill, overlay, and re-striping of the existing main lanes, as well as improvements to the non-tolled portions of the roadway, including frontage roads, ramps, intersections, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
In September, the commission preliminarily approved the grant to cover the development cost, which included an investment grade traffic and revenue study, environmental review work, and design work. New funding will be used to conduct an investment grade financial study and additional engineering work on the project.
“This is great as it takes us another step closer to providing much needed relief for drivers on Loop 1604 North, a facility that with traffic is already 60 percent over capacity and headed to 168 percent over capacity by the year 2045,” said Vic Boyer, 2017 Chamber Transportation Committee Chair and President of San Antonio Mobility Coalition.
Loop 1604 is the primary east-west corridor for the northern part of Bexar County and home to various major shopping centers, tourist attractions, corporate headquarters, UTSA main campus, and suburban cities. The loop runs through areas of rapid commercial and residential development, causing severe congestion and delays for people who use this corridor.
The Chamber applauds the Texas Transportation Commission for their vote of approval and the hard work completed by the Regional Mobility Authority and Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. This is another step forward in relieving congestion along one of the fastest-growing areas in our state.