Opening of Loop 1604, U.S. Highway 281 connector delayed

Alamo Regional Mobility Authority: Project now scheduled to open Oct. 11

SAN ANTONIO - The Alamo Regional Mobility Authority is moving back its target opening for the first connector at Loop 1604 and Highway 281 by almost a month.

Alamo RMA officials hoped to open the ramp going from 281 North to 1604 West on Oct. 11, but said that small things like lighting and signage will delay completion.

It's expected to open in November at the same time as the connector from 281 North to 1604 East.

That is still long before the date in February when the connectors are required by contract to open, a spokesman for Alamo RMA said.

While businesses in the area are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, some are worried that 18 months into the project, patience is wearing thin for their customers.

"Sometimes it's just easier, I think, to get out of my car and walk to work than wait in the traffic," said Regan Nowacki, who has worked at Alamo Toyota since it opened last December.

Nowacki said the lane closures have become a way of life for her.

Alamo Toyota General Manager Don Haynes said business is suffering though. He said it's down 30 to 35 percent.

"The weekends have been extremely difficult due to the lane closures, different sides -- east, west, north, south -- and it's easier to get here during the week than it is on the weekend," Haynes said.

Haynes is hoping until the construction wraps up, customers will shop online for Toyotas, so they don't suffer from the traffic headache.

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