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[i] Information SAN ANTONIO FREEWAY HISTORY
Read my essay on San Antonio's freeway history for the Express-News' Tricentennial series here. The full history of the freeway system is available on this site here.

San Antonio Area Freeway System
"Downtown Y" Interchange Roadside Pictures

This page last updated February 22, 2010

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"Downtown Y" interchange location map Below are pictures from the roadside of the I-10 and I-35 interchange just west of downtown.  The interchange was first constructed in the early '50s and was the first major interchange in San Antonio.  It was completely rebuilt in the late '80s as part of the double-decking of I-10 and I-35.

Click here to return to the double-decked freeway picture galleries page.

Click here to return to the I-10 West media gallery page.


Looking at the interchange from the southeast
(August 2005)

 

Looking at the interchange from the northeast
(August 2005)

 

Looking at the interchange from the southwest corner
(July 2005)

 

Close-up of the ramp to Santa Rosa St.
This ramp used to also serve as part of the ramp to I-35 northbound.
(July 2005)

 

Looking at the interchange from the eastern flank
The area in the foreground used to be the location of a cloverleaf ramp from I-10 eastbound to I-35 northbound.
(July 2005)

 

Along the I-35 northbound access road looking north
The top ramp is the new ramp from I-10 eastbound to I-35 northbound.
(July 2005)

 

Looking at the Martin St. entrance ramp to I-10 West
The ramp was the beginning of the original US 87 freeway, the first freeway in San Antonio.
(July 2005)

 

Looking out over the ramp to I-10 West from I-35 northbound
(August 2005)

 

Looking at the core of the interchange from under the I-35 southbound/I-10 West split
The core of the interchange is almost bucolic.
(July 2005)

 

Looking east from the core
(July 2005)

 

Looking southwest from the core
(July 2005)

 

Looking west in the core
(July 2005)

 

Looking south in the core
The ramp to Santa Rosa St. is at ground level in front of us.  The next ramp above it (left to right) are the ramps from I-35 northbound and Martin St. to I-10 West.  Above that (with the no right turn sign) is the exit ramp to Martin St. from I-35 northbound.  To the left of that are the I-35 mainlanes.
(July 2005)

 

Closeup of the ramp to I-10 West from southbound I-35, looking west
(July 2005)

 

Closeup of the ramp to I-10 West from southbound I-35, looking north
This ramp is also known as the "Finesilver Curve", named for the Finesilver Building at left.
(July 2005)

 

Mosaics on underside of ramp from I-35 southbound to I-10 West
All of the pillars in this parking area under the Finesilver Curve have a tile mosaic.
(July 2005)





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