SAN ANTONIO FREEWAY HISTORY
Read my essay on San Antonio's freeway history for the Express-News' Tricentennial series
The full history of the freeway system is available on this site
Antonio Area Freeway System
page last updated January 2, 2018
Since the first
expressway opened in 1949, the
metropolitan area has enjoyed one of most progressive and comprehensive
urban freeway systems in North America. For many years, San Antonio was
second only to Los Angeles in the number of freeway miles. While most
US cities now have extensive freeway systems, Bexar County still
one of the largest systems of state highways in the nation and one of
the highest ratios of freeway miles per capita in the US. In
2014, there were 1,004 centerline miles and 3,384 lane miles
of state-maintained roadways in Bexar County. Approximately
centerline miles and 1,900 lane miles of that total were
freeways. A study by the Surface
Policy Project in 1998 ranked San Antonio's highways as the best among
the largest US urban areas.
This site covers the San Antonio freeway system in-depth. Below,
you'll find links to general information about the local freeways,
their history, and pages with in-depth details about each
freeway. There's also information on some other area highways, details of
freeway construction projects, information about TransGuide, and lots
of basic information about the freeway system including layout,
statistics, frontage roads, turnarounds, double-decked freeways
construction, and signage, as well as the conventions used on this site.
some of the most common questions I hear about San Antonio's freeways
and other local roads.
the evolution of the San Antonio freeway system.
2015 traffic statistics
traffic counts and general statistics.
access detailed information about each freeway, including a description
of the route and the length covered, lane and access road
configuration, a description of the general traffic conditions and
traffic counts, a complete list of exits in each direction, speed
limits, special features, current construction, future plans, and as
much history as I know about the route.
on a freeway
segment on the map above
or on one of the