Another Central Texas toll project is moving forward after a statewide pause on the development of new toll projects continues to thaw.
On Wednesday, the board for the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, the agency that develops new multimodal projects including toll facilities in the region, approved starting the procurement process to hire a contractor for building three new flyovers between the 290 Toll and SH 130.
The flyovers will connect northbound SH 130 to westbound 290 Toll, southbound SH 130 to westbound 290 Toll and eastbound 290 Toll to southbound SH 130.
Justin Word, the Mobility Authority’s director of engineering, said the agency received permission from the Texas Department of Transportation in April to move forward on the project.
Depending on TxDOT approving some documents related to the project, the project could go out for bids this summer with construction beginning in late 2018. The flyovers will open to traffic in 2021, according to the Mobility Authority.
Of the $130 million total cost, TxDOT will chip in about $42 million to develop one flyover. Although the Mobility Authority would build all three, TxDOT would own and operate the eastbound to southbound flyover.
Construction is expected to cost between $80 million and $90 million, and the Mobility Authority does not anticipate waiting a few extra months to increase the overall cost, Word said.