Southernmost portion of SH 130 construction finishes; 85 mph speed limit reinstated

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Reconstruction of the 41-mile section of SH 130 between South Austin and northeast of San Antonio wrapped up in June.

The $90 million project included removing 4 to 8 feet of material under the roadway and replacing it with treated material before crews repaved, according to the SH 130 Concession Co., which operates this portion of the tollway.

Initial cost estimates for the project were $60 million. However, the project scope expanded after construction began to include extensive repairs at the Boggy Creek Road overpass, said James Lovett, director of public affairs for the concession company.

The company leases the portion of the toll facility between SH 45 SE and I-10 from the Texas Department of Transportation.

The construction is separate from ongoing work on SH 130 that TxDOT is undertaking between SH 71 and SH 45 N. The project involves widening the toll road to three lanes in each direction.

Another project to add three new flyovers between SH 130 and Toll 290 is being overseen by the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority.

Timeline: fall 2017-June 2019
Cost: $90 million
Funding source: SH 130 Concession Co.

Editor’s note: This post was updated to correct the amount of material removed under the roadway.

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  1. James C. Walker

    I got some data from TxDOT about speeds when the highway was new. The 85th percentile speeds averaged 86 mph, making the posted 85 a perfect limit.
    James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

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Amy Denney
Amy has been reporting in community journalism since 2007. She worked in the Chicago suburbs for three years before migrating south and joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2010. Amy has been editor of the Northwest Austin publication since August 2012 and she is also the transportation beat reporter for the Austin area.
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