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Published on April 18, 2024
Major Weekend Road Closure for Loop 1604 at I-10 in San Antonio Amid Expansive Traffic ProjectSource: Facebook/Texas Department of Transportation (San Antonio)

San Antonio drivers can expect a major disruption this weekend as the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced a complete shutdown of Loop 1604 at the I-10 interchange. The closure, which begins at 9 p.m. Friday and lasts until 5 a.m. Monday, weather permitting, is necessary for the installation of 20 steel beams critical to the construction of new flyover ramps, as part of a larger, $1.4 billion project aimed at easing the notorious congestion along this route, Express News reported.

As the traffic challenges mount, locals are advised to seek alternate routes; the closure represents one piece of a massive undertaking to expand a 23-mile stretch of Loop 1604 which will eventually feature two additional general-purpose lanes, one high-occupancy vehicle lane in each direction, as well as improved pedestrian and bicycle paths, yet with such an endeavor challenges are inevitable and this weekend drivers will be met with the most substantial road closure San Antonio has seen in recent memory leading to significant detours and potential delays.

The ongoing work includes a complete transformation of the Loop 1604 and I-10 interchange from a simple cloverleaf to a modern stacked, direct-connector layout, a major initiative to counter San Antonio's rising traffic demands. With daily driver numbers expected to double over the next two decades, TxDOT spokesperson Jennifer Serold emphasized the urgency of the project in an interview with MySA, stating, "It’s one of the most congested corridors in the state."

“Over the next 20 to 25 years, the amount of daily drivers is expected to double. So, this expansion project is to prepare for future growth but also to give benefits to drivers in the next few years … It’s bringing a lot of congestion relief to drivers by giving them more lanes to travel on. And then, of course, when you reduce congestion, you increase safety for the drivers.” Serold explained. The current initiative is just a portion of a broader strategy to manage current flow and future growth simultaneously, hoping that once the revamp is complete, San Antonio's roads will offer both expedience and enhanced safety. The ambitious project is reportedly in progress on four of its six segments and is a clear indication of TxDOT's commitment to meet the mounting needs of a rapidly growing population.