MPO looks at non-tolled roads to ease traffic

MPO also looks at Loop 1604 impr­ovements

SAN ANTONIO - The Metropolitan Planning Organization is looking to establish two segments of non-toll highway through 281 North and 1604 West, which they say are some of the major traffic problem areas for Bexar County.


On Friday, the MPO met with Federal Highway Administration staff out of Austin to discuss the proposed financing of these non-tolled segments.

Tommy Adkisson, chair of the MPO, said they are looking at this, based on what the traffic capacity will be for 2035.

Some of the financing discussed Friday afternoon was a short-term term plan for overpasses and other improvements on 281, from 1604 to Stone Oak that would cost about $170 million.

The MPO also looked at an estimated $300 million worth of improvements on 1604 from Highway 90 to Bandera.

"I think right now what we need to do is some phased in approaches and begin the process," said Adkisson, but not have ourselves hauling into a tolling arrangement like, Harris County, which is a beautiful toll. A lot of people say that was great, that was a wonderful trip, but they don't have to take it every day."

The MPO is scheduled to vote on the issue on June 25.


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