US 281 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
281 North Improvement Project
The Alamo Regional Mobility Authority (Alamo RMA) took the lead preparing an Environmental Impact Statement for US 281 in 2009 and spent the six years meeting with stakeholders from neighborhoods, businesses and organizations in the area and with transportation engineers to determine how best to improve US 281.
The Final EIS recommended a preferred alternative that would improve 8 miles of US 281, from Loop 1604 to Borgfeld Drive. The proposed 281 North Improvement Project will double the number of lanes on US 281 and add direct connector interchange ramps at the US 281 and Loop 1604 intersection. This project will significantly reduce the amount of traffic congestion and meet the needs of this growing community for the next 30 years. The Final EIS can be downloaded from this website under “Final EIS.”
The Record of Decision (ROD) is available
On July 17, 2015, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) signed the ROD for the proposed improvements to US 281 North. The ROD explains the selection of the Preferred Expressway Alternative, and signifies the completion of the six-year environmental review process. The ROD is final and closed to public comment.
Copies of the signed ROD are available for viewing at the Alamo RMA office and the TxDOT San Antonio District office and a digital version can be downloaded from this website under “Record of Decision.”
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project have been carried out by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the TxDOT in agreement with the Alamo RMA as a Joint Lead Agency, pursuant to 23 USC 372 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 16, 2014, and executed by FHWA, TxDOT and the Alamo RMA.
Project design will begin in 2016, with construction anticipated to begin in mid-2017. Final financing details and fee structures are pending the results of a Traffic and Revenue Study and the outcome of Proposition 7, which will go before voters in November 2015. Bexar County and the Alamo RMA have asked TxDOT for additional funding to complete US 281 non-tolled. For more information, visit the Alamo RMA’s website (www.AlamoRMA.org).
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