Transportation Commission Votes To Move Forward With US 281 Widening In San Antonio Without Use of Tolls

Contact: TxDOT Media Relations

Phone: (512) 463-8700

Date: Sept. 24, 2015

AUSTIN – The Texas Transportation Commission today unanimously voted to remove the toll designation from the US 281 widening project in San Antonio. The decision comes after the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization approved a resolution to make the road non-tolled.

“Working with local partners not only in San Antonio, but all over the state is key in helping the Transportation Commission make sound transportation policy,” said Texas Transportation Commissioner J. Bruce Bugg, Jr., of San Antonio. “I could not be more pleased that we’re helping the local community plan much-needed congestion relief on US 281 and doing so without additional burden to drivers in the area.”

US 281 as a Non-Tolled Project

With the toll designation removed, the widening project will occur in two phases:

·         Phase I (Loop 1604 to North of Stone Oak Pkwy) adds two new controlled access lanes and an HOV lane in each direction

·         Phase II (North of Stone Oak Pkwy to the Bexar County line) adds two new controlled access lanes and an HOV lane in each direction

Phase I of the project is fully funded with $228 million of federal, state and local funds, while Phase II requires $304 million. The Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization intends to fund the remaining portion of the project from Proposition 7 should voters approve the proposition in November.

The project would complete the interchange at US 281 and Loop 1604, and expand US 281 to an expressway.

For more information, contact TxDOT Media Relations at or (512) 463-8700.


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