VIDEO: Travel IH-35 To IH-10 In Just 36 Seconds
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.
A project over three decades in the making, Wurzbach Parkway finally opened its last leg to San Antonio drivers on Wednesday, September 23. Now, instead of struggling with Loop 410 or 1604 or navigating a labyrinth of side streets, drivers can cut through the heart of the north side with convenient exits at major arteries like Nacogdoches, Starcrest, West Avenue, and Blanco Road.
Councilman Ron Nirenberg in 2013 asked the Texas Department of Transportation to fund a study to determine the impact of Wurzbach Parkway’s expansion on congestion. As you might expect, the study found that the opening of Wurzbach Parkway would lead to a lot more stack-ups on the road between NW Military and IH-10. The San Antonio City Council’s FY 2016 budget includes money to address bottlenecks along this section of Wurzbach. St. Matthew Catholic Church is also raising funds to open a second entrance to its school from Vance Jackson, which could alleviate some morning and afternoon traffic. So if you’re a St. Matthew parishioner that hates traffic, you may want to think about that this Sunday.