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[i] Information SAN ANTONIO FREEWAY HISTORY
Read my essay on San Antonio's freeway history for the Express-News' Tricentennial series here. The full history of the freeway system is available on this site here.

I-10 San Antonio Area Freeway System
Interstate 10 East (Josť Lopez Freeway)

This page last updated December 20, 2016

I-10 East highlight map This page covers Interstate 10 south and east of downtown San Antonio from I-35 to Graytown Rd.  Two miles of I-10 is concurrent (multiplexed) with I-35 north of this segment; see the I-35 South page for details on that segment.  Interstate 10 then continues northwest of downtown; see the I-10 West page for more info.

Length: 11 miles


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On this page

Overview
 
Roadway
details
Schematic
(Not yet available)
Lanes Access
roads
         
Exits
 
Speed
limits
Special features
& notes
Traffic Media
gallery
         
   
  Construction
projects
Future
plans
History
 
 
         

Overview

This unassuming freeway serves San Antonio's Eastside neighborhoods as well as industrial areas south of downtown and near Loop 410.  Residential areas line most of the route between I-37 and Loop 410; commercial and industrial uses front the corridor outside Loop 410 and between I-35 and I-37.  The corridor provides access to the AT&T Center and Freeman Coliseum, the San Antonio Missions Trail National Park, and the suburban city of Kirby.  New residential areas are sprouting-up between I-10 and FM 78 outside of Loop 410, especially along Foster Rd.  While the I-10 corridor east of Foster Rd. is mostly undeveloped, heavy residential and commercial development exists just a few miles north of I-10 along FM 78 and extending beyond Loop 1604.  Therefore, this route has become a favorite commuter route for motorists in the FM 78 corridor wanting to avoid the heavy traffic on I-35.


Roadway details

LANES

I-10 lanes map
  • 8 lanes from I-35 to I-37
  • 6 lanes from I-37 to Loop 410
  • 4 lanes from Loop 410 to Graytown Rd.
 

ACCESS ROADS

I-10 access roads map
  • Continuous access roads from Hackberry St. to Gevers St. and east of E Houston St.  Access roads do not continue through Loop 410 interchange.
  • No continuous access roads between I-35 and Hackberry and from Gevers St. to E Houston St.
 
EXITS


Click here for a list of I-10 East exits.

 

SPEED LIMITS

I-10 speed limit map
  • 70 mph from Graytown Rd. to Ackerman Rd.
  • 65 mph from Ackerman Rd. to I-35
 

SPECIAL FEATURES & NOTES

I-10 special features map
  • TransGuide coverage from I-35 to Roland
  • Left lane truck ban (6am-9pm M-F) inside Loop 410
  • Low clearance bridge at New Braunfels Ave.
  • Route number concurrency (multiplexes):
  • US 90 along entire route
  • US 87 from I-35 to Roland Ave.
  • SH 130 from Loop 410 east to Seguin
 

TRAFFIC

I-10 traffic map
Traffic volume legend
 

Moderately heavy between I-35 and I-37.  Moderate east of I-37. 

East of I-37, this corridor has experienced varying but generally growing traffic counts over the last decade.  Volumes between I-35 and I-37 have shown more moderate but consistent growth since 1990.

 

AVERAGE ANNUAL DAILY TRAFFIC
LOCATION 1990 2005 2010 2013 2014 2015 '05-'15
% CHG
E of Loop 1604 21,000

38,000 38,445 47,103 49,960 N/A
W of Loop 1604 23,000

38,000 45,541 49,225 55,648 N/A
E of Foster Rd. 24,000

46,000 54,612 57,126 65,764 N/A
Ackerman Rd. 39,000 66,370 72,000 38,237 38,404 40,717 -38.65%
WW White Rd. 36,000 66,380 72,000 70,632 72,004 68,859 +3.73%
E. Houston St. 38,000 65,810 72,000 74,874 72,158 68,181 +3.60%
Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. 40,000 67,030 71,000 74,404 74,776 68,607 +2.35%
S. Hackberry St. 61,000 78,120 85,000 87,309 84,321 81,404 +4.20%
E of Probant St. 102,000 123,460 123,000 122,589 129,926 132,854 +7.61%
W of Probant St. 103,000 125,160 126,000 125,546 123,413 134,306 +7.31%


Media gallery

Click here for video of this freeway.


Construction projects

  • Foster to Graytown: Click here for details on this project.

Click here to view information for all projects in this corridor.

 


Future plans

TxDOT has long-range plans to widen I-10 to six lanes from Loop 410 to Loop 1604 and for major interchange improvements at both loops.  A fully-directional "stack" interchange was proposed at Loop 1604 as part of the Loop 1604 managed lanes project.  TxDOT is currently studying the feasibility of toll lanes from Loop 410 to Seguin.  These local plans dovetail on plans to widen I-10 to six lanes between San Antonio and Houston.

A project to add a WB entrance from and EB exit ramp to Roosevelt Ave is expected to start in 2017.


History

Authorized on October 1, 1959.  Named for Josť Lopez, a Medal of Honor recipient.  Was originally called the "East Expressway."

The section from Commerce eastward was completed by 1964.  West from WW White, the route was originally proposed to head northwest and meet I-35 near N. New Braunfels Ave.  By 1964, however, the present alignment was proposed and was completed by 1968.

TransGuide coverage was added to the section west of Roland Ave. in 1995.  Modifications to the section from Loop 410 to Foster Rd. were completed in 2009 and additional improvements at the Loop 410 interchange were made in 2010.

In September 2011, the Texas Transportation Commission approved extending the SH 130 designation along I-10 from the terminus of the SH 130 toll road east of Seguin to Loop 410, then south along Loop 410 to I-35 South.  Signage was installed in 2013.




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