Relief could be coming for Loop 1604 drivers

Speed limits will change depending on current traffic conditions


SAN ANTONIO - The Texas Department of Transportation is trying to make rush hour traffic a little less aggravating for some San Antonio drivers who use the stretch of westbound Loop 1604 between Highway 281 and Interstate 10.

"It’s a pain” said Alexandra Liberto, a frequent driver on 1604.

They will be testing a system that is designed to “curtail congestion, reduce crashes and save lives”, according to a statement issued by TxDOT, by reducing speeds under certain road, weather, congestion and construction conditions.

“I think right now anything is worth a try," Liberto said.

The system will adjust speed limits according to conditions by using seven sensors and electronic signs along the eight-mile stretch.

“I think it’s a reasonable supposition that by slowing traffic, it will help with the congestion, but we'll have to see what happens,” said Hank Austin, another frequent driver on 1604.

The speed limits will be reduced by small increments. 

According to San Antonio police officials, drivers will need to pay attention and adjust their speed just like on any other highway.

“Hopefully, it will be at least some sort of solution for the problem we have right now with traffic," Liberto said. "Anything to get going instead of just sitting stopped on the highway the whole time ... would be great."

The pilot program begins June 25.


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