SAN ANTONIO - Development along Loop 1604 near Redland and Bulverde roads has come with growing pains, but plans to fix the traffic nightmare are moving forward.
"It’s been one of the busiest highways for us, specifically to turn on Bulverde, it’s just a headache," said Payam Homizad, who works in the area every day.
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"With the construction going on, it affects not only the access road but also the highway itself," said Ozvaldo "Wizard" Villarreal, who lives near the intersection.
The hope is that in two years, drivers will feel some relief.
Last week, the city of San Antonio added $500,000 from the 2017 bond to the Texas Department of Transportation's $12 million project. It will reconfigure entrance and exit ramps and create turnarounds between Redland Road and Bulverde Road.
"To provide an additional turn lane, because when you’re going west on 1604 and you get off on the Bulverde access to take a left, it’s a mile-long line and it takes four or five different traffic light changes to get through that," said District 10 Councilman Clayton Perry, who also lives in the area.
"Whenever they do the construction, they need to consider how many on-ramps, where they need to be strategically placed," Villarreal said.
TxDOT's plan already includes moving current ramps, installing new ones and increasing the distance for drivers going on and off Loop 1604.
"It will be congested for a while until it’s done, but in the long run, that would probably be the best thing to do," Villarreal said.
"That would be very helpful. I mean, my God, that would be a sigh of relief for me," Homizad said.
Right now, the project is slated to take one year for design and another year for construction. Perry is talking with TxDOT and hopes to tighten the time frame even more.
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