Alamo RMA examines possible Bexar Co. tolling options

2 general engineering consultants tapped to help development

SAN ANTONIO – The Alamo Regional Mobility Authority picked two general engineering consultants, HNTB and Pape Dawson/Munoz/AECOMM, Thursday to help them see through major improvements to Bexar County roadways, including Highway 281, Interstate 10 to Ralph Fair Road and Loop 1604.

Some of the improvements would include toll roads.

"The community expects that we put this regional mobility plan together correctly," said Alamo RMA Board Chair John Clamp. "It's the first time we will put free roads with managed lanes together and for us to have the credibility of the community not only today, but in the future, we have to do it right."

Alamo RMA board members also heard from two other firms-- Atkins and CH2MHill.

But after concerns from critics about former Via Chairman Henry Munoz III's involvement with Pape Dawson, Steve Dawson started his firm's presentation by defending Munoz, who was not at Thursday's meeting. Dawson stated that Munoz has served as a Texas transportation commissioner and was an original Alamo RMA board member.

Alamo RMA board member Gavino Ramos Jr. said that all four consultants were qualified and that they could all get the job done, but when KSAT-12 asked about deciding to go with Pape Dawson/Munoz/AECOMM, he said the group is local and they wanted to keep the jobs here.

Alamo RMA board members will now work on contracts for both Pape Dawson and HNTB.

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