SAN ANTONIO FREEWAY HISTORY
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San Antonio is known for having an unusual number of street naming
idiosyncrasies that confound locals and visitors alike. But
one of the most confusing is that there are three distinct roadways
with "Wurzbach" in their name: Wurzbach
Parkway, and Harry Wurzbach
Here is an explanation of each:
- Wurzbach Road:
This roadway starts at Ingram Road just outside Loop 410 at the main
entrance to Ingram Park Mall. It then runs northeasterly
through the Medical Center, crosses I-10, and ends at Lockhill-Selma
Road where it becomes Wurzbach Parkway.
- Wurzbach Parkway:
Wurzbach Parkway picks-up at Lockhill-Selma Road where Wurzbach Road
it connects to Wurzbach Road, Wurzbach Parkway
is distinctly different from it in that it is a state roadway with
expressway characteristics along much of its route. It
stretches across the Northside and ends at O'Connor Road near I-35 (the
middle section is currently under
conjunction with a stretch of Wurzbach Road, this will provide a full
east-west corridor connecting I-35 to I-10 between the loops.
- Harry Wurzbach Road:
This is a completely separate roadway that runs from Loop 410 to Fort
Sam Houston. Since it is its own road, it is important
to remember to call it Harry
Wurzbach; calling it just "Wurzbach" by itself is incorrect and likely
to cause confusion.
clears it up!