Texas Transportation Commission approves funding to widen SH 130

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The Texas Transportation Commission this morning approved a $36.7 million construction package for the SH 130 widening project.

The widening project had been on the skids since November after Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick asked Texas Department of Transportation officials to halt new toll construction plans.

Construction on the toll road is now back on with funding coming from Central Texas Turnpike System, which includes SH 130, SH 45 N, Loop 1 and SH 45 SE, according to TxDOT officials.

“The project should break ground this summer and is expected to take two years to complete, weather permitting,” Diann Hodges, public information officer for the TxDOT Austin District, said in an email today.

Original plans for the widening project estimated construction to wrap up by winter 2019, although that delivery date is likely pushed back due to the delay in initial construction.

This round of funding from TxDOT will go toward adding a third main lane to Segment 2 of SH 130, which runs from SH 45 N to Hwy. 290.

The $36.7 million package is less than half of the $86.5 million TxDOT officials originally estimated the widening project would cost.

Pflugerville City Council in March voted to formally call on the Texas Transportation Commission to resume the SH 130 widening project.

“The Pflugerville City Council is excited to hear of the continued progression on the SH 130 widening project, which will help with traffic mitigation and assist with traffic flows in Pflugerville,” Pflugerville Mayor Victor Gonzales said in a statement today.

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  1. Thomas Skahill

    what about connecting the access roads along 45 into Round Rock and back?

  2. They are in no rush to connect that as there was no existing connection between 685 and Louis Henna. Just go down Gattis School or Pflugerville Parkway instead. I’d imagine it would be completed if the adjacent properties were developed with no other access points.

  3. If we (THE TAX PAYERS) are funding this, why are we paying to drive on it?

  4. What they really need to do is make 130 a “No trucks in left lane” highway. There have been too many times driving where a semi going 65 MPH has pulled out in front of a car going 80 MPH and then everyone behind needs to slam on their brakes to avoid a wreck. There are too many close calls to let this continue.

Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the reporter for Northwest Austin.
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