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US-90 San Antonio Area Freeway System
US Highway 90 West (Cleto Rodriguez Freeway)

This page last updated November 14, 2020

US 90 highlight map This page covers US Highway 90 west of downtown San Antonio from I-35 to just outside of Loop 1604. US 90 continues east concurrent (multiplexed) with I-10 East.

Length: 12 miles


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On this page

Overview
 
Roadway
details
Line
schematic
Lanes Access
roads
         
Exits
 
Speed
limits
Special features
& notes
Traffic Media
gallery
         
   
  Construction
projects
Future
plans
History
 
 
         

Overview

This is the main freeway serving San Antonio's West Side. It provides access to Port San Antonio (the former Kelly AFB), Joint Base San Antonio Lackland, Our Lady of the Lake University, St. Mary's University, the San Antonio Produce Market, and Nelson Wolff Municipal Stadium. Residential areas abut the freeway along most of the corridor between I-35 and SH 151. Near 151 are several large manufacturing plants, warehouses, and the ballpark. The freeway runs through mostly undeveloped land and parkland between Leon Creek and Old Highway 90/Enrique Barrera Pkwy. An older commercial area lines the access roads between there and Loop 410. Outside of Loop 410, most of the southern frontage is undeveloped land that's part of Lackland Air Force Base. The northern frontage is a mix of undeveloped land and residential areas. Major residential growth is now occurring along US 90 west of Loop 1604.


Roadway details

LINE SCHEMATIC

Click here for a line schematic of US 90 West.
 
LANES
  • 10 lanes from I-35 to SH 151 with a short 8 lane section through the General McMullen Dr. interchange.
  • 6 lanes from SH 151 to Loop 410.
  • 4 lanes through the Loop 410 interchange.
  • 6 lanes from Loop 410 to Loop 1604 (although technically one lane is marked as an auxiliary lane.)
  • 2 lanes through Loop 1604 interchange.

US 90 lanes map
 

   
ACCESS ROADS
  • Short sections of access roads immediately west of Nogalitos St.
  • Short section of westbound access road at Cupples Rd.
  • Continuous access roads from SW 36th St. to Loop 1604.

I-10 access roads map
 

   
EXITS


Click here for a list of US 90 West exits.

 
SPEED LIMITS
  • 65 mph from I-35 to Loop 410.
  • 70 mph from Loop 410 to Loop 1604.

US 90 speed limit map
 

   
SPECIAL FEATURES & NOTES
  • TransGuide coverage along entire route.
  • Partial directional interchanges at Loop 1604, Loop 410, SH 151, and SP 371. A full legacy cloverleaf interchange exists below the newer flyovers at Loop 410 which provides connectivity for all directions. Full connectivity at Loop 1604 is provided by access road intersections.
  • VIA Metropolitan Transit Kel-Lac Transit Center located just west of Military.
    • Abandoned former Kel-Lac Park & Ride located within Old Hwy 90 interchange.
  • High-mast lighting has replaced traditional streetlights between Loop 410 and SH 151.

US 90 special features map
 

   
TRAFFIC


Moderate to heavy inside of Loop 410. Moderate outside of 410.

Traffic volumes have increased dramatically over the past decade west of Loop 410.
 

Traffic volume legend

I-10 traffic map
 

   
AVERAGE ANNUAL DAILY TRAFFIC
LOCATION 1999 2009 2014 2017 2018 2019 '09-'19
% CHG
E of Zarzamora St.121,000140,000142,831169,413169,091165,709+18.36%
W of Cupples Rd.100,000127,000133,686153,450152,038149,640+17.83%
E of Old Hwy 9069,00062,00074,29081,31181,94880,494+29.83%
W of Military Dr.74,00071,00085,42692,91391,41689,824+26.51%
W of Hunt Ln.40,00046,00070,74281,07382,20583,301+81.09%
W of Loop 160425,00031,00041,44061,10052,94953,373+72.17%


Media gallery

Click here for photos and video of this freeway.


Construction projects

No current projects in this corridor.

Future plans

Kelly AFB was closed in mid-2001 and the city has converted the former aircraft maintenance depot into a major civilian industrial complex and inland port called Port San Antonio. To support the new facility, interchange improvements at General Hudnell Dr. have been proposed in conjunction with a new parkway (Kelly Parkway) connecting US 90 to I-35 South via Spur 371 (General Hudnell Dr.)

The first phase of a multi-level interchange at Loop 410 has been completed. Plans are to eventually build the remaining connectors, but funding to do so has not yet been secured.

TxDOT will begin a project in 2023 to upgrade US 90 from Loop 1604 to SH 211 to a full freeway, build the westbound US 90 to northbound Loop 1604 flyover, and make additional improvements between Hunt Lane and Loop 1604. Click here for more information on this project.

A future project (currently unfunded) will modernize the section from Loop 410 to SH 151 which is still mostly in its original 1968 layout.


History

This route was originally named the "West Expressway" but is now named for Cleto Rodriguez, a San Antonian who was the first Hispanic to be awarded the Medal of Honor. This freeway was built in the mid '60s to replace the old route that ran on surface streets through San Antonio's West Side.

Most of the section west of Acme Rd. was part of the original US 90 and its predecessor SH 3. As part of the Arneson Plan to improve state highways in Bexar County, the section between Pinn Rd. and Acme Rd. was bypassed in 1934 with what's now Old Highway 90/Enrique Barrera Pkwy. Also, the segment between Loop 1604 and Medio Creek was built around 1945 to straighten that section. Prior to then, the route followed Kriewald Rd.

  • 1956: Route approved.
  • 1960: The interchange at Loop 410 was completed.
  • 1965: The segment from Nogalitos St. to Cupples Rd. was completed. The existing two-lane highway from Loop 410 to Old Highway 90 upgraded to access roads.
  • 1967: The interchange at I-35 opened.
  • 1968: The section from Loop 410 to Cupples Rd. was completed.
  • 1971: The existing two-lane highway from Loop 410 to Loop 1604 was upgraded to a freeway.
  • 1988: The interchange at SH 151 was completed. 
  • 1991: Freeway was widened from six to 10 lanes between I-35 and SH 151.
  • 1995: TransGuide coverage was added to the section from I-35 to Zarzamora St. as part of the original TransGuide project.
  • 1996: The eastbound access road between Old Highway 90 and Leon Creek was completed.
  • 2001: TransGuide coverage added from Zarzamora St. to Hunt Lane. 
  • 2007: VIA relocated the Kel-Lac Park & Ride facility from within the Old Highway 90 interchange to its current location just west Military Dr.
  • 2009: The Old Highway 90 overpass was rebuilt and the westbound access road through that location was realigned.
  • 2018: The first flyover in the Loop 410 interchange was opened and the freeway was widened to add a long auxiliary lane in each direction between Loop 410 and Loop 1604.
  • 2019: The second flyover in the Loop 410 interchange opened as well as the flyover from Loop 1604 to eastbound US 90.


US 90 at Loop 410 looking northeast in 1956
US 90 is the roadway headed from the lower left to upper right. In the center, you can see what would eventually become the northern half of the US 90/Loop 410 cloverleaf.
(Photo courtesy of TxDOT)




US 90 at Military Dr. looking north in 1961
This shows the at-grade "seagull" intersection there prior to the expressway construction. Military Dr. to the north was under construction at this time.
(Photo courtesy of TxDOT)





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