TxDOT holds open house to pinpoint potential improvements to SA roadways

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas Department of Transportation held an open house to pinpoint potential improvements for Interstate 410, U.S. 281 and San Pedro Avenue interchange.

Residents, business owners and drivers shared their comments and concerns.
"We never get exactly what we want but the traffic demand is moving steadily ahead of supply," Barry Middleman, who attended the meeting said.


Middleman works in the 410 area. He said traffic has always been an issue.

"I try to avoid 410 all together after maybe 4 a clock in the day. We're constantly looking for ways to get through the neighborhood," Middleman said.
TxDot said the interchange ranks as one of the most congested in the state of Texas. From 2011 to 2015 there's been 5,000 crashes and 17 deaths.
Some of the other issues and concerns brought up were merging and weaving, bottlenecks, ramps that go from 2 to 1 lane and air quality and noise.
"I live in Crown Hill Park. McCullough sort of dead ends into our neighborhood just outside loop 410 and when they started the construction at the flyovers the other thing that happened is everybody's started cutting through the neighborhood," Sanda Bailey, a concerned citizen said.

TxDot said it would review everyone's concerns but there's no timetable for when changes may be made.

"Theres is no funding for any projects at this time. We're just doing a feseability study. We are in the very early stages and this is the opportunity to get the public involved," said TxDOT spokeswoman Laura Lopez.