Antonio Area Freeway System
last updated November 27, 2012
covers the Wurzbach Parkway in North San Antonio.
7 miles completed of 12 miles planned
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long-distance east-west arterials between Loop 410 and Loop 1604 in
North San Antonio. As a result, Loop 410 and Loop 1604 are
overburdened carrying the vast majority of that east-west
traffic. The Wurzbach Parkway is a new east-west
being built across northern San Antonio connecting I-10 to
It is intended to reduce the load on both loops as well as several
arterials in the vicinity. Currently, the eastern third the
parkway, from Wetmore to I-35 is complete as is the far western section
from Lockhill-Selma to Blanco Rd. The parkway is being
under the Principal Arterial Street System (PASS) program and carries a
internal TxDOT route number of PA-1502.
through a variety of urban land uses. The eastern end of the
route passes through a light commercial and industrial area before
entering the former Longhorn Quarry, which was
redeveloped as an entertainment area with an amusement park, high
school football stadium, and soccer complex including the home stadium
for San Antonio's NASL team. The parkway then passes
the commercial, residential, and light industrial areas around
Perrin-Beitel and Nacogdoches before passing over an active quarry near
Wetmore Rd. The western section runs mostly through the
Hardberger Park (formerly Voelker Park), with commercial and
residential development lining the route at the far western end.
2009, the Texas Transportation Commission approved spending $130
million in Proposition 12 bond funds to complete the parkway.
Work on the three segments began in late 2010 and early 2011 with
2013 and 2014.
The map to the right
shows the completed
segments in green.
features four and six lanes divided by a raised island
There are no access roads and connections to local streets and
driveways is limited with overpasses at most major intersections along
the eastern segment. The route is classified as a
"super-arterial" rather than a freeway which means that it is basically
a hybrid between a major street and a minor expressway. The
right-of-way is 120 feet wide along the route and 220 feet wide at
interchanges. The route includes bike lanes,
aesthetically-pleasing structures, and noise abatement walls.
section has overpasses and interchanges at Wetmore, Nacogdoches,
Perrin-Beitel, and Thousand Oaks. The interchange at Wetmore
partial cloverleaf; the others are diamonds. At the far
end, the parkway crosses Weidner at a signalized, at-grade intersection
and terminates at an intersection where it merges with the pre-existing
but reconfigured O'Connor Road. Through traffic can then
east to I-35 on O'Connor. On the western end of this section,
parkway merges into Starcrest just west of Wetmore, providing the
through route to US 281.
section meets Lockhill-Selma, NW Military, and Blanco Rd. at
signalized, at-grade intersections. The section between
Lockhill-Selma and NW Military has a landscaped and lighted pedestrian
trail in the median. The western end of the parkway is at
Lockhill-Selma, but through traffic can continue west to I-10 and
beyond on the pre-existing Wurzbach Road. Improvements were made
to that section of Wurzbach to support the anticipated increases in
traffic from the completed parkway.
Rd (At-grade signalized
ends at O'Connor Rd/Crosswinds Way at-grade signalized intersection
Rd (At-grade signalized
merges into Starcrest Dr
Starcrest to Weidner
FEATURES & NOTES
lanes from Wetmore to
Perrin-Beitel and from Lockhill-Selma to NW
trail in median between
Lockhill-Selma and NW Military
Relatively light along the completed segments. With the
of the Wetmore location, traffic counts have grown substantially over
the past decade.
ANNUAL DAILY TRAFFIC
West Ave.: Construction of last
parkway segments. Click here
for details on these projects.
to view information for all projects
in this corridor.
the parkway from Wetmore to Blanco and an interchange at US 281 were
being considered for a possible
however it was determined in early 2007 that this was
not feasible. Three possible interchange configurations were
considered at 281:
Parkway flyover over US 281 with ramps to 281 access roads
interchange (half-stack, half-cloverleaf)
between NW Military and Blanco runs through Hardberger (Voelker) Park;
a proposal by the city would construct a landscaped "land bridge" over
the parkway connecting the two halves of the park.
funding to construct the Blanco - West and Wetmore - Jones-Maltsberger
segments was included in the MPO's economic stimulus funding request in
late February 2009, but it was not selected to receive stimulus
funds. However, on November 19, 2009, the Texas
Commission approved spending $130 million in Proposition 12 bond funds
to complete the parkway (by far the most of any project in the state
during that round of funding.) The project was divided into
phases: Blanco to West, West to Jones-Maltsberger, and
Jones-Maltsberger to Wetmore. Work began in late 2010 on the
outer two segments with completion in 2013. Work on the
segment began in 2011 with estimated completion in 2014. At
time, because of relatively low traffic volumes and funding
limitations, no directional interchange will be constructed at US
281. Instead, drivers will use the US 281 access roads.
a spate of
head-on collisions caused by drivers jumping the raised median, a
concrete center barrier was installed in early 2010 between Wetmore and
Weidner. Initially, the parkway was designed and built for a
mph speed limit, but after public complaints, the city raised the speed
limit ca. 2000 to 60 mph. This was a contributing factor for
increase of accidents.
originally proposed in the late '80s as the aptly-named "East-West
Parkway." Eventually named Wurzbach Parkway because it
to Wurzbach Road in northwestern San Antonio. Wurzbach Road
named for William Wurzbach who owned a ranch around what is now I-10
and Wurzbach Road. He built a road through his property and
eventually deeded the road to the county. Wurzbach also
a county judge and county attorney.
section of the parkway from Wetmore Rd. to Nacogdoches Rd. was
completed in 1996. The section from Nacogdoches to O'Connor
completed in September 1999. The section between
and NW Military was completed in late March 2000. The section
between NW Military and Blanco Rd. was completed in July 2002.