San Antonio Area
This page last updated May 22, 2022
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proposed Kelly Parkway in southwest San Antonio.
Approximately 8½ miles
The former Kelly AFB has been
converted to a major industrial park and inland port named Port San
Antonio (formerly known as KellyUSA.) As Port San Antonio grows, traffic in and around the area is expected to
increase substantially, especially truck traffic. Therefore, part
of the redevelopment effort has included the proposed construction of an
expressway connecting US 90 with I-35 South, Loop 410 South, and SH 16 South by way
of General Hudnell Drive (Spur 371). This roadway would also
provide improved access to the Toyota truck assembly plant in southern Bexar
TxDOT completed its studies to determine the feasibility and routing of
such a road. However, there is no funding currently for this project
nor any timetable to do so. The MPO's current 25-year plan lists the
project as an unfunded. Congress approved $400,000 for right-of-way
acquisition in 2005's surface transportation bill.
As currently envisioned, the Kelly Parkway would be a parkway-type road
similar to the Wurzbach Parkway in northern San Antonio, meaning it
would be a "super-arterial" (essentially a minor expressway) with
overpasses at major intersections and controlled access. It would
begin at US 90 and follow the existing General Hudnell Drive (Spur 371)
to Quintana Rd. Along this route, the alignment would be shifted
slightly west to use the existing UPRR right-of-way, allowing for a
hike/bike trail and noise walls along the east side of the
parkway. A "gateway" feature would be included with the
reconstruction of the Kirk Place overpass.
The "Kelly Crossroads"
junction of General Hudnell Dr., Cupples Rd., Frio City Rd., and Quintana Rd.
would be reconfigured and a three-level interchange would be built along
with direct connectors from Kelly Pkwy. to the Port San Antonio main entrance.
South of the
Kelly Crossroads, the route would use the UPRR right-of-way west of and
parallel to Quintana Rd. A interchange would be built at
Southcross Blvd. and at SW Military Dr. After crossing under SW
Military Dr., the parkway would then turn south running adjacent to the
CPS right-of-way to I-35 with an interchange at New Laredo Hwy. (Loop
353) and an interchange at I-35 with three flyovers serving southbound
Kelly to NB I-35, northbound I-35 to northbound Kelly, and southbound
I-35 to southbound Kelly.
South of I-35, the route
would run along the western edge of the Leon Creek floodplain. At Loop
410, the parkway would pass over Loop 410. An
interchange would be built at Loop 410 with three flyovers:
southbound Kelly to eastbound 410, eastbound 410 to southbound Kelly, and
northbound Kelly to westbound 410.
South of 410, the route
would turn southeast meeting SH 16 at Zarzamora St. An elevated connector
would connect northbound SH 16 to northbound Kelly Pkwy.
editiions of the City of San Antonio's Major Thoroughfare Plan have
added an eastern extension to this initial route running from SH 16 all
the way to I-37. As with the initial route, this extension is also
unfunded with no current timeframe.
Map of final
preferred route for Kelly Parkway from US 90 to SH 16
roadway was proposed as part of the Southwest San Antonio Mobility
Study in the late '90s. That study was undertaken in the wake of
the announced closure of Kelly AFB when city officials began planning
the conversion of the old base to an industrial park and cargo
airport. The initial plan was for the parkway to run from Loop
410 to a location near the Kelly AFB main gate. That study also
recommended widening Spur 371 (General Hudnell Drive) to six
lanes. The MPO included these projects in its five-year plan in
1999, and TxDOT began a Major Investment Study in 2000 to determine
the design and routing of the parkway with the final preferred routing released in August 2002 and the Environmental
Impact Statement completed in late 2004.