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SH 151 San Antonio Area Freeway System
State Highway 151 (Raymond E. Stotzer Jr. Freeway)

This page last updated December 2, 2016

SH 151 highlight map This page covers State Highway (SH) 151 from US 90 to Loop 1604 in western San Antonio.

Length: 10 miles


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On this page

Overview
 
Roadway
details
Schematic
(Not yet available)
Lanes Access
roads
         
Exits
 
Speed
limits
Special features
& notes
Traffic Media
gallery
         
   
  Construction
projects
Future
plans
History
 
 
         

Overview

SH 151 connects rapidly-growing far western Bexar County to Loop 410 and also to downtown via US 90.  It is the main corridor through the exploding Westover Hills area, which includes Sea World of Texas, the Hyatt Hill Country Resort, several major financial services companies, the National Security Agency campus, multiple large data centers, and Northwest Vista College.  This route also serves Port San Antonio and the Southwest Research Institute and Texas Biomedical Research Institute.  At the western end of the corridor is the sprawling but still fledgling Alamo Ranch development.  Residential and commercial construction is booming in the corridor with major retail hubs at Loop 410 and Loop 1604. 

Inside Loop 410, the majority of the land fronting the corridor is undeveloped, although the area near US 90 has some light industrial development.  Outside of 410, much of the frontage is now a mix of suburban commercial, retail, and residential.  


Roadway details

LANES

    • 4 lanes along entire route
 
ACCESS ROADS


Continuous access roads along entire route.  These access roads originally served as the main highway before the construction of the freeway mainlanes.
 

 
EXITS


Click here for a list of SH 151 exits.

 
SPEED LIMITS

    • 65 mph along entire route
 
SPECIAL FEATURES & NOTES
  • No directional interchange at Loop 410
  • The interchange at US 90 only facilitates traffic from westbound US 90 to SH 151 and from SH 151 to eastbound 90 

SH 151 special features map
 

   
TRAFFIC


Generally moderate. Traffic counts have exploded over the past decade, especially after the freeway mainlanes opened in 2004.  The western end has seen particularly astronomical increases with the segment between Loop 1604 and Pinn Rd. having the four fastest growing traffic counts in the city during the past decade.  As a result, daily recurring congestion occurs  eastbound between Military Drive West and Loop 410
during the morning rush hour and westbound along much of the route during the evening rush hour.
 

Traffic volume legend

SH 151 traffic map
 

   

AVERAGE ANNUAL DAILY TRAFFIC
LOCATION 1990 2005 2010 2013 2014 2015 '05-'15
% CHG
N of US 9025,00042,00067,00059,82562,74176,402+81.91%
E of Loop 41010,20023,00065,00065,09962,10073,775+220.76%
E of Potranco Rd.16,10046,00092,00098,514102,258113,200+146.09%
W of Potranco Rd.7,30036,00071,00081,97685,12593,594+159.98%
E of Loop 16044,10014,50049,00042,99856,03563,393+337.19%
 

Media gallery

Click here for photos and video of this freeway.


Construction projects

  • At Loop 1604: Click here for details on this project.
  • At Loop 410: Click here for details on this project.

Click here to view information for all projects in this corridor.


Future plans

A plan to to extend 151 all the way to SH 211 in far western Bexar County was once envisioned as part of the regional tollway system but has since been dropped.  However, regional plans do still show SH 151 eventually connecting to SH 211 along what is now Alamo Ranch Parkway although there is currently no active planning for that route.

TxDOT has mid-range plans to add a third mainlane in each direction between Loop 410 and Loop 1604.  TransGuide coverage is planned for the corridor sometime in the future as well.


History

Authorized by Minute Order 81732 (March 14, 1984).  Named for Raymond Stotzer, a longtime TxDOT San Antonio District engineer.  It originally had the moniker "Westside Expressway."  When it was proposed, some maps mistakenly labeled the route as the "Northwest Expressway."  However, at the time, I-10 northwest of downtown officially held that name.  (I-10 was subsequently renamed the McDermott Freeway in the mid '90s.)

A request for this general route was made as early as 1956.  It wasn't until the early '80s, however, that any serious proposal surfaced.  Marty Wender, the developer of Westover Hills, realized that a freeway would help spur development in the area and donated land to the state for the route.  In 1985, after Sea World announced it would build its new theme park in Westover Hills, state officials quickly approved construction of the 151 access roads from Loop 410 to Loop 1604.  Work began in late 1985 and was finished in 1987.  Construction on the second leg, from Loop 410 to US 90, began in late 1986 and was finished the following year.  In addition to the access roads, overpasses over the future freeway mainlanes for some of the major cross streets near Sea World were also built.  The original construction also included the interchange at US 90.

In 1997, construction was completed on the first short segment of the freeway mainlanes over Ingram and Potranco.  The freeway mainlanes and overpass at Old Highway 90 opened in February of 1998, and the mainlane overpass at Pinn was finished in the summer of 1998.  The overpass at Callaghan and the mainlanes between Callaghan and Old Highway 90 were completed in March 2001.  Modifications to the 151/1604 interchange were made in conjunction with the Loop 1604/Culebra overpass project in late 2003.  At the direction of the Texas Transportation Commission, a study was initiated in early 2003 to determine the feasibility of converting SH 151 to a tollway.  However, due to local political pressure, the tollway proposal was dropped.  The mainlanes from Callaghan to Loop 410 were completed in May 2004 and from Loop 410 to Loop 1604 in September 2004.  The direct connector from southbound Loop 1604 to SH 151 was completed in mid 2016.




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