Texas State Highway 211

Texas State Highway 211

Infobox TX State Highway


State Highway 211 or SH 211 is a convert|11.184|mi|km|3|sing=on state highway west of the city of San Antonio in the U.S. state of Texas. This route was designated in 1986 as an access route to the Texas Research Park. Portions of the route were built, but significant landowner opposition kept the connecting section from being completed. The completed sections of the route consist of a southern section from U.S. Highway 90 (US 90) north to Farm to Market Road 1957 (FM 1957) and a northern section from FM 471 north to SH 16. There are plans to connect the two segments, but there are insufficient funds available to complete the project and right-of-way needs to be acquired from local land-owners.


The current alignment was designated in March 1986 from US 90 northward to SH 16. In November 1988, the designation was extended northeastward from SH 16 to FM 3351. Construction of the current segments of the highway were completed in the early 1990s. The southern portion was the first to be completed with the interchange at US 90 and the bridge over Lucas Creek completed in 1990. [cite web|url=http://nationalbridges.com/nbi_record.php?StateCode=48&struct=150150002407174|title=US 90 interchange|publisher=National Bridge Inventory|accessdate=2008-03-31] [cite web|url=http://nationalbridges.com/nbi_record.php?StateCode=48&struct=150150354404001|title=Lucas Creek bridge|publisher=National Bridge Inventory|accessdate=2008-03-31] [cite web|url=http://www.trpf.com/trpfacts.html|title=Texas Research Park Timeline|author=Texas Research & Technology Foundation|accessdate=2008-04-01] The northern portion was completed the following year in 1991 with the completion of the bridges over San Geronimo Creek. [cite web|url=http://nationalbridges.com/nbi_record.php?StateCode=48&struct=151630354403003|title=Southern San Geronimo Creek bridge|publisher=National Bridge Inventory|accessdate=2008-03-31] [cite web|url=http://nationalbridges.com/nbi_record.php?StateCode=48&struct=151630354403004|title=Northern San Geronimo Creek bridge|publisher=National Bridge Inventory|accessdate=2008-03-31] cite news|publisher=San Antonio Express-News|title=W. Bexar highway section opens New part of Texas 211 designed to protect aquifer|author=Coburn, James|date=1991-10-30|pages=9A]

Route description

SH 211 currently exists in two separate sections west of San Antonio. The southern section begins at a diamond interchange with US 90 in western Bexar County. The route travels to the north as a two-lane highway with a northbound passing lane for the majority of the route and is known as the Texas Research Parkway, providing access to the Texas Research Park and a Citi service center. [cite news|title=Texas Research Park might sell 200 acres to fund venture capital|author=Lorek, L.A.|publisher=San Antonio Express-News|date=2004-08-04] [cite news|title=Citicorp starts new building|author=Hipp, Laura|publisher=San Antonio Express-News|date=1998-06-12|pages=1E] This convert|3.7|mi|km|sing=on section of the highway ends at FM 1957 just east of the Bexar/Medina county line.cite map|publisher=Google Maps|title=Overview map of southern section of State Highway 211|accessdate=2008-02-20|url=http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=919821694618396009,29.374845,-98.765166%3B4506771649008311546,29.421310,-98.782660&saddr=29.372199,-98.765126&daddr=Texas+Research+Pkwy%2FTX-211+%4029.421310,+-98.782660&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=0&sz=17&sll=29.373873,-98.763936&sspn=0.00618,0.009978&ie=UTF8&ll=29.401469,-98.771381&spn=0.098854,0.159645&z=13]

The northern section begins at FM 471 in Medina County and heads north as a two-lane highway, crossing back over into Bexar County and passes briefly through the San Antonio city limits before ending at SH 16. The northern section of the highway features the occasional passing lane in both directions.cite map|publisher=Google Maps|title=Overview map of northern section of State Highway 211|accessdate=2008-02-20|url=http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=10718026209322103502,29.522710,-98.805850&saddr=TX-211+%4029.522710,+-98.805850&daddr=29.61846,-98.785028&mra=mi&mrsp=1,0&sz=15&sll=29.622527,-98.782454&sspn=0.024659,0.039911&ie=UTF8&ll=29.578832,-98.788033&spn=0.197361,0.31929&z=12] This convert|7.4|mi|km|sing=on section of the roadway includes a design to provide protection to the Edwards Aquifer, the drinking water supply of San Antonio. To prevent runoff from the highway entering the aquifer, a convert|555|ft|m|sing=on long bridge was sealed to prevent it from leaking and an aqueduct was constructed nearby to carry the runoff.

There are plans to connect the two segments, but there are insufficient funds available to complete the nearly convert|8|mi|km|1|sing=on project and right-of-way needs to be acquired. TxDOT only has $7.7 million of the $30 million required for construction costs.cite web|publisher=San Antonio Express-News|url=http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/neighbors/northwest/stories/MYSA080107.nw01TxDot.263bf1e.html|title=Funds, right of way lacking to begin building Texas 211|author=Lucio, Valentino|date=2007-07-30|accessdate=2008-02-20] Bexar County will pay for the balance of the project costs with TxDOT reimbursing the county when funds become available. [cite web|publisher=KENS-TV|url=http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/metro/stories/MYSA080907.SH211expansion.KENS.1c7b8b87.html|title=TxDOT plans to extend SH 211 to relieve traffic congestion|author=Conger, Joe|date=2007-08-10|accessdate=2008-04-01] Relocation assistance is being provided to landowners to persuade them to sell there property for the highway. With a shortage of funds and the right-of-way not purchased, there is no time table for construction. Local opposition to the extension cite greater highway needs elsewhere, environmental concerns in the corridor, and a reluctance to sell land needed for the highway as chief concerns of the highway. Once completed, the highway is believed to provide relief to nearby Loop 1604.

The traffic volume of the highway is dramatically different between the southern and northern sections. The southern section sees traffic volumes six times of that of the northern section. The traffic volume of the southern section saw a slight increase from 2005 to 2006. In 2005, it had a traffic volume of 6,450 annual average daily traffic (AADT), which increased to 6,700 AADT in 2006. The traffic volume of the northern section saw a slight increase from 2005 to 2006 as well. In 2005, it had a traffic volume of 1,000 AADT near the southern end of the road and 1,300 AADT near the northern end. In 2006, these numbers had increased to 1,050 and 1,550 AADT respectively. [cite web|publisher=Texas Department of Transportation|url=http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps/statewide_mapping/StatewidePlanningMap.html|title=TxDOT Statewide Planning Map|accessdate=2008-04-01]

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