San Antonio Area
This page last updated
February 01, 2010
||This page covers the
proposed Kelly Parkway in southwest San Antonio.
Approximately 8½ miles
The former Kelly AFB has been
converted to a major industrial park and cargo airport named Port San
Antonio (formerly known as KellyUSA.)
As Port San Antonio grows, traffic in and around the area is expected to
increase substantially, especially truck traffic. Therefore, part
of the redevelopment effort includes the proposed construction of an
expressway connecting US 90 with I-35 South, Loop 410 South, and SH 16 South by way
of General Hudnell Drive (Spur 371). This roadway would also
provide improved access to the Toyota truck assembly plant in southern Bexar
In 2005, TxDOT completed its
studies to determine the
feasibility and routing of such a road. However, no funding or timetable
for actual construction has been set yet. The MPO's current
25-year plan lists the project as an unfunded but possible tollway
project. Congress approved $400,000 for
right-of-way acquisition in 2005's surface transportation
As currently envisioned, the Kelly
Parkway would be a parkway-type road similar to the Wurzbach Parkway in
northeastern San Antonio, meaning it would be a "super-arterial" (essentially a minor
freeway) with overpasses at major intersections and controlled access.
It would begin at US 90 and follow the existing General Hudnell Drive
(Spur 371) to Quintana Rd. Along this route, the alignment would
be shifted slightly west to use the existing UPRR right-of-way, allowing
for a hike/bike trail and noise walls along the east side of the
parkway. A "gateway" feature would be included with the
reconstruction of the Kirk Place overpass.
The "Kelly Crossroads"
junction of General Hudnell Dr., Cupples Rd., Frio City Rd., and Quintana Rd.
would be reconfigured and a three-level diamond interchange would be built along
with direct connectors from Kelly Pkwy. to the Port San Antonio main entrance.
South of the Kelly
Crossroads, the route would use the UPRR right-of-way west of and parallel to
Quintana Rd. A diamond interchange would be built at Southcross Blvd. and
at SW Military Dr. After crossing under SW Military Dr., the parkway would then turn south
running adjacent to the CPS right-of-way to I-35 with a diamond interchange at
New Laredo Hwy. (Loop 353) and a modified diamond interchange at I-35 with three
elevated connectors serving southbound Kelly to NB I-35, northbound I-35 to
northbound Kelly, and southbound I-35 to southbound Kelly.
South of I-35, the route
would run along the western edge of the Leon Creek floodplain. At Loop
410, the parkway would pass over Loop 410. Again, a modified diamond
interchange would be built at Loop 410 with three elevated connectors:
southbound Kelly to eastbound 410, eastbound 410 to southbound Kelly, and
northbound Kelly to westbound 410.
South of 410, the route
would turn southeast meeting SH 16 at Zarzamora St. An elevated connector
would connect northbound SH 16 to northbound Kelly.
Map of final
preferred route for Kelly Parkway
This roadway was proposed as part of
the Southwest San Antonio Mobility Study in the late '90s. That
study was undertaken in the wake of the announced closure of Kelly AFB
when city officials began planning the conversion of the old base to an
industrial park and cargo airport. The initial plan was for the
parkway to run from Loop 410 to a location near the Kelly AFB main
gate. That study also recommended widening Spur 371 (General Hudnell Drive) to six lanes. The MPO included these projects in
its five-year plan in 1999. TxDOT began a Major Investment Study
in 2000 to determine the design and routing of the parkway. A
final routing was determined in August 2002. TxDOT released the
final Environmental Impact Statement in late 2004 and the public comment
period ended in January 2005.