Wurzbach Parkway

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Principal Arterial State System 1502 marker

Wurzbach Parkway
Principal Arterial State System 1502
Wurzbach Parkway highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length9.8 mi[1] (15.8 km)
Major junctions
West endLockhill–Selma Road in San Antonio
 
East endO'Connor Road in San Antonio
Location
CountiesBexar
Highway system

Wurzbach Parkway is a part freeway and part major arterial road in San Antonio, Texas, built to provide relief on Interstate 410 (I-410) and Loop 1604 on the city's north side. The highway is named for Harry M. Wurzbach, who represented the San Antonio area in Congress as a Republican in the 1920s and 1930s. The congressman's name was first applied to the connecting Wurzbach Road. The highway's western third was built as an expressway with at-grade intersections and the remainder as a freeway. The opening in September 2015 of an interchange with U.S. Highway 281 (US 281)[2] completed primary construction of the parkway. The highway, along with part of Wurzbach Road near the Ingram Park Mall, is maintained by the Texas Department of Transportation despite not carrying a state highway designation. Rather, it is being developed and maintained under the Principal Arterial State System (PASS) program, under which it is designated as PASS Project 1502.[1][3] The parkway includes an interchange with US 281, and drivers can access I-10 and I-35 via local roads that extend the parkway.

Route description[edit]

The west portion of the parkway is a limited-access surface road that connects Lockhill–Selma Road to West Avenue, crossing Blanco Road (FM 2696) with an interchange, and Military Highway (Farm to Market Road 1535 , FM 1535) at-grade. Wurzbach Road continues southwest from Lockhill-Selma Road, crossing I-10 at exit 561. The area between West Avenue and Wetmore Road includes an interchange with US 281. From Wetmore Road, on the northeast side of the San Antonio International Airport, the parkway continues east beyond Thousand Oaks Drive. At the east end are several at-grade intersections before the parkway ends at O'Connor Road and Crosswinds Way; O'Connor Road leads southeast to I-35 at exit 169.[4]

History[edit]

Planners conceived the parkway in the mid-1980s as the East–West Parkway, an extension of the existing Wurzbach Road, to relieve traffic on I-410. The road, estimated to cost $90 million,[5] was approved by the Texas Transportation Commission in 1988, to be built by the state but funded in part by the City of San Antonio.[6] Construction began in mid-1994 on the section between Wetmore Road and Nacogdoches Road and opened in July 1996.[7] and the eastern portion of the roadway opened on August 26, 1999, allowing traffic to bypass I-410.[8] The west section was opened on July 24, 2002,[9] its fourth section opened on December 23, 2013. In September 2015, the central stretch of the parkway opened to traffic, effectively completing the project after 21 years.[10]

The Alamo Regional Mobility Authority (RMA) conducted a supplemental environmental assessment on the entire corridor from Lockhill–Selma Road to I-35, emphasizing the segment that had not been constructed. The EA supplemented the EA completed several years prior to initial construction.[11] The Alamo RMA considered three alternatives for the interchange with US 281. The first alternative was a Wurzbach Parkway bridge over US 281 with no direct connection between the two highways, but with access via the highway's two frontage roads (this option was chosen).[12] The second option would have included an elevated roundabout interchange to provide direct access between the highways.[13] The final alternative would have involved main lane to main lane connector ramps from Wurzbach Parkway to US 281 and loop ramps for access from US 281 to Wurzbach Parkway.[14]

According to the San Antonio Express-News, the Texas Transportation Commission reviewed the parkway expansion on November 19, 2009. The project was funded by proceeds from Proposition 12 bonds approved by voters in 2007, a package which was voted on by commissioners. Clay Smith, TxDOT's San Antonio District planning engineer, said the Wurzbach Parkway project would get $126 million under the bond-financing plan, enough for TxDOT to finish the three final segments left on the parkway. The expansion construction was completed in two phases: the first from Blanco Road to West Avenue and from Jones Maltsberger Road to Wetmore; the second between West Avenue and Jones Maltsberger.[15]

The parkway has no ramps that connect directly to I-35 to the east (only allowing drivers to use O'Connor Road that leads to the parkway) and no plans for Wurzbach Parkway to extend to I-10 to the west (only allowing drivers to use the Wurzbach Road exit to connect to the parkway).

Exit list[edit]

The entire route is in San Antonio, Bexar County. All exits are unnumbered.

mi[16]kmDestinationsNotes
0.00.0Lockhill-Selma RoadWestern terminus; road continues as Wurzbach Road
0.50.80 FM 1535 (Northwest Military Highway)At-grade intersection
1.52.4 FM 2696 (Blanco Road)
2.13.4Vista del Norte Drive
2.74.3West Avenue
3.25.1 US 281
4.57.2Jones-Maltsberger Road
5.28.4COSA Brush Recycling CenterEastbound only
5.79.2Starcrest Drive
6.410.3McAllister ParkWestbound only
6.810.9Wetmore Road
7.812.6Nacogdoches Road
8.613.8 FM 2252 (Perrin-Beitel Road)
9.515.3Thousand Oaks Drive
10.416.7TurnaroundEastbound only
10.817.4Weidner RoadEast end of current freeway
11.318.2O'Connor Road, Crosswinds WayEastern terminus; road continues as O'Connor Road to I-35
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Principal Arterial State System No. 1502". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 19, 2007.
  2. ^ Alamo Regional Mobility Authority. "Wurzbach Parkway Corridor".
  3. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Highway Designations Glossary". Texas Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on June 12, 2007. Retrieved September 19, 2007.
  4. ^ Google (September 19, 2007). "Overview Map of Wurzbach Parkway" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved September 19, 2007.
  5. ^ Pasley, Dave (December 21, 2005). "S.A. Needs More Roads, not Toll Booths". San Antonio Express-News.
  6. ^ Wood, Jim (April 4, 1993). "Wurzbach Parkway Work Seen in '94 $95 Million Project to Relieve Traffic Congestion". San Antonio Express-News. p. 1B.
  7. ^ Wood, Jim (July 5, 1994). "State to Grant Road Contract Soon: East–West Parkway to Extend Starcrest". San Antonio Express-News. p. 9A.
  8. ^ Huddleston, Scott (August 26, 1999). "Parkway Section to Open: Six Years, Millions Needed to Complete". San Antonio Express-News. p. 1B.
  9. ^ Driscoll, Patrick. "Wurzbach Parkway's Third Section, Opened on July 25, 2002". San Antonio Express-News. p. 8B.
  10. ^ Blunt, Katherine (September 15, 2015). "Eastbound Wurzbach to Open Today". San Antonio Express-News.
  11. ^ Alamo Regional Mobility Authority. "Wurzbach Parkway Project" (PDF). Alamo Regional Mobility Authority.
  12. ^ Alamo Regional Mobility Authority. "Wurzbach Parkway Bridge over US 281 (two levels)". Alamo Regional Mobility Authority.
  13. ^ Alamo Regional Mobility Authority. "Elevated roundabout interchange (three levels)". Alamo Regional Mobility Authority.
  14. ^ Alamo Regional Mobility Authority. "Main lane to main lane connectors with loop ramps (three levels)". Alamo Regional Mobility Authority.
  15. ^ Baugh, Josh (October 29, 2009). "Wurzbach Parkway's Finish May Be Near". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  16. ^ "Overview Map of PA 1502". Google Maps. Retrieved May 14, 2017.

External links[edit]

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