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PROJECT INFO: Wurzbach Parkway

This page last updated January 21, 2016
Project location This project is complete

Between Blanco Rd. and Wetmore Rd.

Status: Complete

Description: This project will build the missing middle section of the Wurzbach Parkway.

How this project will help: The Wurzbach Parkway was designed to provide an alternative and direct east-west thoroughfare between Loops 410 and 1604 across the Northside thus removing longer-distance through traffic from the off-kilter and incomplete grid of northern San Antonio.  This will provide vastly improved travel times for east-west traffic and also will reduce congestion on a number of existing corridors in the vicinity.  It may also remove a small percentage of traffic from both Loops 410 and 1604.


Timeline: This project will be done in three phases; see the map below for the timeline for each phase.  Click here for the latest status report on this project.

The final section of this project opened in September 2015. 

US 281 improvements and interchange:
Construction of the middle section also includes several significant improvements along US 281 itself.  Those are described separately on the US 281 North page.

Note that there will not be a full interchange at US 281 at this time.  Instead, traffic connecting between the two roadways will use the US 281 access roads.  Specific maneuvers are outlined below:

  • From US 281 to Wurzbach
    • NB US 281 to EB Wurzbach: Exit at the new Wurzbach exit and turn right onto Wurzbach.
    • NB US 281 to WB Wurzbach: Exit at Bitters, take the turnaround, and then turn right onto Wurzbach.
    • SB US 281 to EB Wurzbach: Exit at the new Wurzbach exit, take the new turnaround at Nakoma, and then turn right onto Wurzbach.
    • SB US 281 to WB Wurzbach: Exit at the new Wurzbach exit and turn right onto Wurzbach.
  • From Wurzbach to US 281
    • WB Wurzbach to NB US 281: Exit at US 281 and turn right.
    • WB Wurzbach to SB US 281: Exit at US 281, turn right, then take the turnaround at Bitters.
    • EB Wurzbach to NB US 281: Exit at US 281, turn right, then take the new turnaround at Nakoma.
    • EB Wurzbach to SB US 281: Exit at US 281 and turn right.

An interchange at US 281 was not included due to funding constraints.  A future interchange will be considered when traffic levels dictate and funding is available.  The location near the airport flight path and adjacent development will limit any potential interchange designs.

Schematics: Click on one of the images below to see an annotated overview schematic of each phase of this project.  These plans are courtesy of TxDOT and is subject to change.  Annotations are my own. 

Blanco to West Ave. (379 KB)


West Ave. to Jones-Maltsberger (1.6 MB)


Jones-Maltsberger to Wetmore (225 KB)

Other sites of interest
TxDOT - Wurzbach Parkway

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