SAN ANTONIO FREEWAY HISTORY
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Antonio Area Roads & More
last updated July 26, 2017
2007, TxDOT completed a
study on a possible future extension of FM 1103 in Cibolo
I-10. However, it was determined that issues with right-of-way
acquisition and funding precluded such an extension for the foreseeable
2015, with explosive development in the FM 1103 area continuing, the
Cibolo city council instructed
city staff to investigate options to build the extension themselves and
a Blue-Ribbon citizens committee was formed to study the
matter. In 2016, the committee recommended partnering with
the Texas Turnpike Corporation (TTC) to develop the road
as a tollway.
2017, the city council approved an agreement with the TTC to move
forward with the project. The TTC is now in the process of
conducting a detailed feasibility study for the road, which would be a
four-lane expressway from FM 1103 at Weil south to I-10 at Zuehl Road.
An overpass and connector at FM 78 would be constructed and
overpasses/interchanges at other intersections are being evaluated.
Initial proposals indicated that the project could also include two
toll-free express lanes in
the center of a planned widening of FM 1103 between Weil and I-35;
however, TxDOT would have to approve these lanes and redesign the
planned FM 1103 expansion to accommodate them. To date, TxDOT has not
given any indication of doing so.
the City of Cibolo would own the road, TTC would fiance the design,
construction, maintenance and operation of the estimated $125 million
and roughly 11 mile roadway. In exchange, it would collect
tolls-- currently planned at 20 cents a mile-- from roadway users for
is important to note that this project is being undertaken solely by
the City of Cibolo and its partner TTC, which is a private company.
TxDOT is not involved in the planning or development of this project in
any way other than approving any connections to state highways (i.e. FM
1103, FM 78, and I-10.) TxDOT's own planned expansion of FM 1103
pre-dates this proposal. The project is included in the Metropolitan
Planning Organization's plans as a privately-funded project and has no
state or federal funding associated with it.
the project is deemed feasible, the roadway could open to traffic as
soon as 2020.