Transportation Leadership Expands 1604 East Toll Free!
by
Commissioner Tommy Adkisson
July 21, 2011

Toll-free, the segment of 1604 between Lower Seguin Road and IH-10 East has been identified by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) as needing capacity improvement from its present two lanes to a four lane divided section with traffic signals.

TxDOT asked the County to include this project in the Pass-Through Program to be funded by Local, State and Federal funding. Local funding will be provided by the Advanced Transportation District.

Through the efforts of our Commissioner's Court and TxDOT with Federal monies taken into account, I am pleased to report this project's impending implementation.

The design and construction cost of the 2.8 mile segment is estimated at $28.7 million dollars. The project team of Pape-Dawson Engineers has been selected to design the project.

Construction is expected to begin in early Summer of 2012 after the design is ready and will be completed in 18 months.

The project will relieve traffic congestion by increasing capacity and enhancing regional mobility.

Project Description

Expand Loop 1604 from 2 to 4 lanes

Median openings at all major intersections

Turn lanes and traffic control devices at major intersections

Turn a rounds provided prior to intersections

New bridges crossing Salitrillo watershed would be constructed

Going the Extra Mile to Finance Roadways!

We at Bexar County are really going the extra mile to stay up with the need for this roadway! Pass-through financing is a mechanism for local government to accelerate projects on the TxDOT system that would otherwise not be built for the next fifteen to twenty-five years. Bexar County issues bonds to construct roads and be reimbursed by the Federal Highway Administration. In other words this is all federal money funneled through TxDOT to local units of government.

TxDOT reimburses the local units of government for construction costs while Bexar County covers the "soft costs", i.e., design, construction administration and where necessary, right of way acquisition, environmental costs and most importantly, the interest on the financing. All of the soft costs are financed through the Advanced Transportation District (ATD) as authorized by the ATD (VIA) Board, with its sales tax.

This 1604 East widening is the fifth of five pass-through projects in Bexar County. They are Blanco Road (completed), Culebra Road (in final stages of construction), widening of Potranco Road (in-design), Highway 211 (in design). The design, environmental and right of way acquisition are being paid for by the landowners while the financing costs and construction administration are being covered by the Westside Public Improvement District.

Innovation, efficiency, getting our fair share of State money and straight talk on appropriate taxes should finance transportation and avoid dreaded, eternal tolls!

Questions regarding this project may be directed to: David R. Wegmann, P.E., Bexar County Public Works Capital Projects Manager Office 210.335.6700

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