Toll road plans for Highway 281 in San Antonio released

Project runs from Loop 1604 north to Stone Oak Parkway


After more than 10 years of debate, toll lanes on Highway 281 are a big step closer to reality.

The Alamo Regional Mobility has released a draft of its plan for improvements to the road.

The plan calls for construction to begin in 2015.

The proposal will impact U.S. Highway 281 outside of Loop 1604 north to Stone Oak Parkway.

Tom Ryan, who lives in the area, says he's not opposed to toll roads but would like to see the project extended.

"I think if they're going to put in a toll road, it should run from 1604 up past Stone Oak Parkway," he said.

The plan calls for one toll lane and two express lanes in each direction and two to three frontage lanes in each direction. The express lanes are non-tolled, similar to existing lanes on Highway 281. The plan also calls for lanes dedicated to VIA buses and car pools.

The project continues to draw the ire of toll road opponents.

"I would not have a problem with toll roads if they're completely privately funded and newly built," said one area resident, who asked not to be identified. "But converting existing roads into toll roads that have been funded with taxpayer money just doesn't seem right," he added.

The Alamo Regional Mobility Authority will hold a public meeting on May 8 for citizens to learn more about the project as well as to offer input.

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