The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has proposed a construction project that would widen FM 1516 from I-10 to FM 78 in Converse, Texas in Bexar County. The project would expand FM 1516 from two lanes to four lanes with left turn lanes, and would also include raised medians, bike lanes and new sidewalks on both sides of the road. The road widening and other improvements are expected to cost a total of $23.5 million dollars, and construction is not expected to begin until 2022. TxDOT anticipates only one commercial displacement and no residential displacements to result from the project.
From 2011 to 2015, 81 injury-related crashes occurred on the 3.4 mile stretch of FM 1516 from I-10 to FM 78 where the construction project is set to take place. TxDOT reported that this injury rate was above the state average for this type of roadway and attributed the abnormally high amount of injuries to FM 1516’s outdated rural design that is now serving a suburban community. The aim of the project is to reduce congestion and improve safety conditions along a portion of FM1516, the traffic of which is expected to double by 2044.