Antonio Area Freeway System
Loop 1604 Bandera to Hausman
page last updated July 9, 2020
1604 between Bandera Rd. (SH 16) and Hausman Rd.
Construction underway (75% complete)
Previously proposed westbound ramp changes have been cancelled
This project is reversing the the entrance and
exit ramps along eastbound Loop 1604 between Bandera Rd. and Hausman Rd., i.e. the existing entrance ramp from Bandera is being
switched to become the exit ramp for Hausman, and the existing exit for
Hausman is being 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 its ultimate position is
because that will require widening the overpass at Hausman to accommodate 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 now to provide the interim relief.
While this is a relatively small projects, it should make an appreciable
improvement; see below for an explanation why.
This project is considered to be a temporary "quick-fix" project until the larger Loop 1604 expansion project provides
more comprehensive improvements.
There previously was
second project planned in 2020 on the westbound side that would have
converted the westbound exit to Bandera to a two-lane exit ramp and
constructed an auxiliary lane (i.e. an additional lane on the right side) on westbound 1604 between the Hausman entrance
ramp and the Bandera exit. It was cancelled as the start date for the Loop 1604 expansion project in this area was firmed-up for 2021 and superseded this project. That project will widen Loop 1604 and will reverse
the westbound ramps between Hausman and Bandera.
PREVIOUS RAMP ARRANGEMENT
FUTURE 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 would have provided extra
capacity for the heavy volume of traffic that exits there. Most
especially, the auxiliary lane would have helped 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 project is expected to be complete around the end of July 2020.