Antonio Area Freeway System
Loop 1604 Bandera to Hausman
page last updated June 22, 2019
1604 between Bandera Rd. (SH 16) and Hausman Rd.
Starting construction soon
is actually two separate projects that will modify the entrance and
exit ramps along Loop 1604 between Bandera Rd. and Hausman Rd. The
first project, which is planned now to start in mid 2019, will reverse the
eastbound ramps, i.e. the existing entrance ramp from Bandera will be
switched to become the exit ramp for Hausman, and the existing exit for
Hausman will switched to become the entrance from Bandera.
second project, currently anticipated to start in 2020 or 2021, will
convert the westbound exit to Bandera to a two-lane exit ramp and
construct an auxiliary lane on westbound 1604 from the Hausman entrance
ramp to the Bandera exit.
While these are relatively small projects, they should make an appreciable
improvement; see below for an explanation why.
CURRENT RAMP ARRANGEMENT
PLANNED RAMP ARRANGEMENT
project will help
Moving the Bandera entrance ramp will provide more storage area
for the traffic that frequently backs-up from that ramp into the
Bandera/1604 intersection during the morning rush hour. It will also provide better access to Loop
1604 from the HEB and apartments along the access road. The relocated
Hausman exit ramp will provide better access to Farris Stadium.
the westbound side, the expanded Bandera exit ramp will provide extra
capacity for the heavy volume of traffic that exits there. Most
especially, the auxiliary lane should help to alleviate the chronic
afternoon congestion on westbound Loop 1604 that occurs at the Hausman entrance
by providing additional capacity and merging room between those two
ramps. This is being done as a short-term fix until a larger expansion
project starts in a few years.Timeline
eastbound ramp reversal should start shortly after the completion
of the Bandera/Loop 1604 intersection project. The westbound
project is part of a larger package of improvements around the city;
that project's timeline is currently being settled and could start in
late 2019 or 2020. Both projects should take about 6
months to complete.