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Relief is in sight! Highway 281 expansion begins Sunday night

Unfortunately the project should take three years to complete

SAN ANTONIO – Construction to expand Highway 281 outside of Loop 1604 began Monday, but Sunday night marks the beginning of rolling closures of the intersection.

The $192 million project will expand 281 to three lanes in each direction between 1604 and Stone Oak Parkway.

Traffic lanes on Highway 281 will close beginning at at 9 p.m. on Sunday and will reopen at 5 a.m. on Monday, reoccurring each night through Thursday.

PREVIOUSLY: Expansion of Highway 281 to bring relief to commuters

Road contractors will be doing what’s called “rolling closures,” where workers will block off 100 yards of a lane, directing traffic around. When they’re done, they’ll move the cones up another hundred yards and work on the next section, freeing up the previous section.

“Just be aware that we are going to be out there, and plan an extra three to five minutes (to) your commute through that region,” Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Josh Donat said.

Donat said drivers can expect these overnight closures over the next three years.

The second phase of the 281 expansion project should begin in 2019 and will be from Stone Oak Parkway to Borgfeld Drive.

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