Antonio Area Freeway System
Loop 1604 Bandera to Hausman
page last updated August 23, 2019
1604 between Bandera Rd. (SH 16) and Hausman Rd.
Construction of eastbound ramps underway
No timetable set for westbound ramps
is actually two separate projects that will modify the entrance and
exit ramps along Loop 1604 between Bandera Rd. and Hausman Rd.
first project, which is currently underway, 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. The new exit
ramp will merge into the access road just north of the northernmost
driveway for HEB (i.e. near the Popeye's.) The new entrance ramp will
leave the access road just south of Bamberger Trail. Note that this
location for the new entrance ramp is temporary; it will be replaced
with a permanent ramp a little further north as part of the larger Loop 1604 expansion project in this area. The reason the
current project isn't building that ramp in this ultimate position is
because that will require widening the overpass at Hausman to accomodate the acceleration lane, which would
increase the cost of this project beyond what's available at this time,
i.e. this project would not be able to be built to provide the interim relief now.
second project, which could start in 2020 or 2021, would
convert the westbound exit to Bandera to a two-lane exit ramp and
construct an auxiliary lane (i.e. an additional lane on the right side) on westbound 1604 from the Hausman entrance
ramp to the Bandera exit. Depending on the final start date for the larger Loop 1604 expansion project in this area, this project may be cancelled.
While these are relatively small projects, they should make an appreciable
improvement; see below for an explanation why.
Both of these projects are considered to be temporary "quick-fix" projects to alleviate bottlenecks until the larger Loop 1604 expansion project provides
more comprehensive improvements. That project will widen Loop 1604 and will likely reverse
the westbound ramps between Hausman and Bandera and relocate the
eastbound entrance ramp before Hausman a little further north.
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
eastbound ramp reversal has started construction and should be complete in roughly 6-9 months. 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 unless it's cancelled and superseded by the larger Loop 1604 expansion project.