TxDOT seeks input through Sept. 22 on SH 130 widening project

A proposed third lane on SH 130 in eastern Travis County could provide much-needed congestion relief and safety improvements along the tollway.

A third lane will be added to SH 130 between SH 45 N and SH 71, and the Texas Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on the project through Sept. 22.

An open house is also set for Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the Manor High School cafeteria, 12700 Gregg Manor Road, Manor. The public hearing begins at 6:30 p.m. Written comments are accepted through Sept. 22 to the Austin District Environmental Coordinator, P.O. Box 15426, Austin, TX, 78753.

SH 130 widening project TxDOT plans to add a third mainlane on SH 130 between SH 45 N and SH 71.[/caption]

TxDOT is proposing to break the project into two phases:

  • Phase 1: 9 miles from SH 45 N to Hwy. 290
    Timeline: winter 2017-winter 2019
    Cost: $86.5 million

  • Phase 2: 11.4 miles from Hwy. 290 to SH 71
    Timeline: summer 2018-summer 2020
    Cost: $108.5 million

When the project is completed, the tollway would consist of three 12-foot-wide main lanes as well as one to two merge lanes in each direction and 10- to 12-foot shoulders. The agency reports it would not need to purchase any new right of way.

TxDOT anticipates using revenues from the Central Texas Turnpike System to pay for the $195 million project. That system includes SH 45 N, SH 45, SH 45 SE, Loop 1 and SH 130 from I-35 in Georgetown to US 183 near Mustang Ridge in southeastern Travis County.

The state agency is also partnering with the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, which manages the toll facilities on Toll 183A, the Manor Expressway on Hwy. 290 and the soon-to-open MoPac express lanes—to add three direct connectors between SH 130 and Hwy. 290.

Construction on those flyovers will begin next spring, and TxDOT is providing $41.1 million to fund the flyover from eastbound Hwy. 290 to southbound SH 130.
By Amy Denney

Managing Editor, Austin metro

Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and later senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition as well as covering transportation in the Austin metro. She is now managing editor for the 10 publications in the Central Texas area from Georgetown to New Braunfels.


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