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Texas State Highway 211

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State Highway 211 marker

State Highway 211
Hill County Parkway
SH 211 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 11.184 mi[1] (17.999 km)
Existed: 1986 – present
Southern segment
Length: 3.7 mi[2] (6.0 km)
South end: US 90
North end: FM 1957
Northern segment
Length: 7.4 mi[3] (11.9 km)
South end: FM 471
North end: SH 16
Location
Counties: Bexar, Medina
Highway system
SH 210 SH 212

State Highway 211 or SH 211 (Hill Country Parkway) is a 11.184-mile (17.999 km) 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. The Texas Transportation Commission has approved a pass-through toll agreement that Bexar County submitted in October 2008. This proposal will allow for development of a segment of SH 211 (Hill Country Parkway) from 1.33 miles south of FM 1957 to FM 471 and improvements to FM 1957 (Potranco Road) from Loop 1604 to the Medina County line. The completion of the section between FM 1957 (Potranco Road) to FM 471 (Culebra Road) will finally allow for seamless travel from Hwy 90 at the south end, north to SH 16 (Bandera Road). The improvements to FM 1957 (Potranco Road) will allow for the necessary widening of the two-lane roadway which is dealing with new suburban growth and traffic for which it wasn't built to handle.

History[edit]

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.[1] 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.[4][5][6] The northern portion was completed the following year in 1991 with the completion of the bridges over San Geronimo Creek.[7][8][9]

SH 211 was previously designated between 1933 and 1936[10] on a route from Brenham northward to Independence. This route was transferred in 1942 to Farm to Market Road 50 and State Highway Spur 197.

Route description[edit]

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 either the Texas Research Parkway or the Hill Country Parkway (once it's finally completed), providing access to the Texas Research Park and a Citi service center.[11][12] This 3.7-mile (6.0 km) section of the highway ends at FM 1957 just east of the Bexar/Medina county line.[2]

The northern section (Hill Country Parkway) 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.[3] This 7.4-mile (11.9 km) 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 555-foot (169 m) long bridge was sealed to prevent it from leaking and an aqueduct was constructed nearby to carry the runoff.[9]

There are plans to connect the two segments, but there are insufficient funds available to complete the nearly 8-mile (12.9 km) project and right-of-way needs to be acquired. TxDOT only has $7.7 million of the $30 million required for construction costs.[13] Bexar County will pay for the balance of the project costs with TxDOT reimbursing the County when funds become available.[14] Relocation assistance is being provided to landowners to persuade them to sell their 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.[13]

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.[15]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[2][3] km Destinations Notes
Bexar   0.0 0.0 US 90 Southern terminus of southern segment
  3.7 6.0 FM 1957 Northern terminus of southern segment
Gap in route
Medina   3.7 6.0 FM 471 Southern terminus of northern segment
Bexar   11.1 17.9 SH 16 Northern terminus of northern segment
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "State Highway No. 211". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 12, 2006. 
  2. ^ a b c Google (February 20, 2008). "Overview map of southern section of State Highway 211" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 20, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c Google (February 20, 2008). "Overview map of northern section of State Highway 211" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 20, 2008. 
  4. ^ Staff. "US 90 interchange". National Bridge Inventory. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved March 31, 2008. 
  5. ^ Staff. "Lucas Creek bridge". National Bridge Inventory. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved March 31, 2008. 
  6. ^ Staff. "Texas Research Park Timeline". Texas Research & Technology Foundation. Archived from the original on September 16, 2007. Retrieved April 1, 2008. 
  7. ^ Staff. "Southern San Geronimo Creek bridge". National Bridge Inventory. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved March 31, 2008. 
  8. ^ Staff. "Northern San Geronimo Creek bridge". National Bridge Inventory. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved March 31, 2008. 
  9. ^ a b Coburn, James (October 30, 1991). "W. Bexar highway section opens New part of Texas 211 designed to protect aquifer". San Antonio Express-News. p. 9A. 
  10. ^ Texas State Highway Commission (March 1, 1936). Official Map of the Highway System of Texas (Map) (Centennial ed.). 1 in=29 mi. Cartography by R. M. Stene. Texas State Highway Commission. Retrieved March 31, 2008. 
  11. ^ L.A. (August 4, 2004). "Texas Research Park might sell 200 acres to fund venture capital". San Antonio Express-News. 
  12. ^ Hipp, Laura (June 12, 1998). "Citicorp starts new building". San Antonio Express-News. p. 1E. 
  13. ^ a b Lucio, Valentino (July 30, 2007). "Funds, right of way lacking to begin building Texas 211". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved February 20, 2008. [dead link]
  14. ^ Conger, Joe (August 10, 2007). "TxDOT plans to extend SH 211 to relieve traffic congestion". San Antonio, Texas: KENS-TV. Retrieved April 1, 2008. [dead link]
  15. ^ TxDOT Statewide Planning Map (Map). Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 1, 2008. 

Route map: Bing