The Texas Department of Transportation announced Monday the allocation of more than $800 million for three major roadway projects aimed at reducing congestion for drivers in Bexar County.

“It’s a combination of non-tolled and managed lanes and capacity being added to Bexar County,” said TxDOT Executive Director Phil Wilson. “Managed lanes are typically created in congested corridors to provide travel options by setting aside lanes for toll paying vehicles, carpools or public transportation.

These are choices for drivers that will benefit the entire San Antonio region.

The three projects include:

· I-10 – addition of two managed lanes in each direction north of Loop 1604 and tolled connector ramps at the interchange at Loop 1604

· US 281 – expansion from Loop 1604 north to Stone Oak Boulevard to a four-lane, non-tolled expressway (two main lanes in each direction with frontage roads) with two tolled managed lanes (one in each direction) and non-tolled connector ramps at the Loop 1604 interchange; and expansion from Stone Oak Boulevard to Bexar/Comal county line to a four-lane tolled expressway with frontage roads

· Loop 1604 – expansion to a four-lane, non-tolled expressway (two lanes each direction with frontage roads) from SH 151 to US 90

Buses and drivers who carpool will be able to use the managed toll lanes for free, but Wilson said drivers who decide to use the lanes to expedite their journey will get a good value for their money.

“If you wish to pay the managed lane fee, you are getting a guaranteed rate of speed to get from point A to point B,” he said.

Local officials said the population growth in San Antonio and Bexar County made the projects a necessity.

“We have more skin in the game than ever before,” said Mayor Julian Castro. “We are committed to ensuring that the investments that need to be made in transportation and infrastructure are made and they're made the right way.”

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