A $1.9 billion project to completely renovate I-35 from northeast of downtown through the Loop 410 and Loop 1604 interchanges will be unveiled tonight by the Texas Department of Transportation, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Texas Transportation Commission Chairman J. Bruce Bugg, Jr says part of the project will be to improve the intersections where 35 joins with 1604 and 410, which is where, as he put it, the 'parking lot begins.'
"We're going to basically clean all that out, we are going to add double decking, which means we will add lane miles, so we have more capacity," he said.
The plan calls for 15 miles of double decking, similar to the double decking in place on I-10 northwest of downtown. That will add two brand new general purpose lanes and one High Occupancy Vehicle lane in each direction on a section of highway which frequently deals with major congestion during rush hour.
It would not be a toll road.
The project will also widen existing lanes, and add new ramps as well as new safety features.
"We will clean up those interchanges so it is much easier to merge," Bugg said.
"The initial phase would construct upper decks between I-410 North and FM 3009, and would include direct connectors with I-410 North and Loop 1604 west. The project would be constructed using state and federal funds," TxDOT said.
A time frame for the project has not been determined, but Bugg says in that extremely fast growing corridor, action has to be taken now.
"The population in the state of Texas is set to double between 2015 and 2050," he said. 'San Antonio is the second fastest growing large community in the entire United States."
The discussion of the project will take place at Morgan's Wonderland on the Wurzbach Parkway.