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[i] Information SAN ANTONIO FREEWAY HISTORY
Read my essay on San Antonio's freeway history for the Express-News' Tricentennial series here. The full history of the freeway system is available on this site here.

San Antonio Area Freeway System
Historical I-37 Photos

This page last updated April 26, 2010

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Below are historical photos of Interstate 37.  These photos were compiled from a number of sources including old San Antonio-Bexar County Urban Transportation Study (SABCUTS) planning documents, the TxDOT photo library, the San Antonio TxDOT district office, and the personal collections of the myself and of a former local Highway Department engineer.  Locations are given using the present-day roadway names.  The photos are arranged from south to north.

Click here to return to the historical photo galleries page.


I-37 over Fair Ave. looking north
This picture shows the overpasses still under construction at Fair, Stevens, and I-10.
(1966/TxDOT)

 

I-37/I-10 interchange under construction
This is probably taken from the northeast corner of the interchange.
(1966/TxDOT)

 

I-37/I-10 interchange under construction
Looking north at the I-37 bridge deck over I-10
(1966/TxDOT)

 

I-37/I-10 interchange under construction
Looking north at the nearly completed freeway.
(1967/TxDOT)

 

I-37/I-10 interchange
(1975/TxDOT)

 

I-37 at Cesar Chavez Blvd. looking southeast
This photo was just a few days before the opening of HemisFair.  To the south, you can see the freeway abruptly ends at Florida St.  Notice that north of Cesar Chavez, the I-37 right-of-way is paved to be used as a parking lot for the fair.  At the bottom of the photo is what was then the fair's Texas Pavilion, which today is the Institute of Texan Cultures.
(1968/TxDOT)

 

I-37 at Cesar Chavez Blvd.
After the fair, work to complete the freeway through downtown got underway.
(1971/TxDOT)

 

I-37 at Commerce St. looking north
(1971/TxDOT)

 

I-37 at Nolan St. looking north
A zoomed-in view looking at the segment between Nolan and I-35.  You can see the interchange at I-35 under construction.
(1971/TxDOT)

 

I-37/I-35/US 281 interchange under construction
This is looking north along the northbound I-37 overpass just south of I-35, which you can see at the center left.  Just beneath this location you can see the future ramp from southbound 281 to northbound I-35.  At the top left is the old Pearl brewery.
(1971/TxDOT)

 

I-37/I-35/US 281 interchange under construction
The freeway being built across the center of the picture is US 281 North
(ca. 1971/SABCUTS)





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