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One of Bexar County's most congested roads will become a little more driveable next week. 

Northwest Loop 1604 has been under construction for two years. Located in San Antonio's fastest growing sector, between Hwy 151 and Bandera Road, the overcrowded highway needed to be expanded long before the Texas Department of Transportation broke ground. 

 

TxDOT spokesman Josh Donat says the new construction will dramatically reduce drive times for between 75,000 and 97,000 drivers -- per day. 

The Psychology of Road Rage

Feb 29, 2016

From Texas Standard:

Police in Van Zandt County, Texas, are offering a reward to find the suspected shooter of a 39-year-old man who authorities believe was shot as the result of a road rage incident. This report echoes a series of stories that have been making headlines across the state: from the Marine who shot a student in Denton because she refused his advances, to the viral video of two Austin motorists swinging bats and two-by-fours at each other.

San Antonio is the last major city in Texas without toll roads. Toll roads have been examined and reexamined in the city, as Interstate 10 and U.S. Highway 281 have become increasingly congested.

 Local efforts to stymie toll lanes have been vocal. The passage of Proposition 7 on last November's ballot quashed the idea of 281 toll lanes, alleviating the funding need to expand the popular highway north of Loop 1604. 

Arlene Gauthier

A billboard in the thick of road construction on I-35 near Eisenhauer Road in San Antonio is drawing a lot of reaction. Its message makes you wonder whether TxDOT is apologizing or ashamed of the road. 

The sign reads “One day you’re going to love I-35. Until then, be careful.” When TPR posted a picture of it on our facebook page this week it got more than 13,000 likes, more than 12,000 shares and hundreds of interesting comments.

Nathan Cone / TPR

The video below was taken at 8:30 a.m. on October 1, 2015, traveling east to west. It begins near the Martinez Tire Shop at O’Connor and IH-35 and ends in the parking lot of the H-E-B at IH-10 and Wurzbach. It took about 20 minutes to drive the route, and as you can see, traffic starts to back up as soon as the Parkway ends at NW Military Drive! Luckily, we hit some green lights traveling east through Lockhill-Selma and Vance Jackson. 

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