SH 45 SW toll on track for completion this spring

An overview shot of progress on the SH 45 SW toll road in South Austin.

An overview shot of progress on the SH 45 SW toll road in South Austin.

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SH 45 SW on track for completion this spring

What we reported


The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority broke ground on the estimated $109 million SH 45 SW project in November 2016. The 3.6-mile toll road will connect MoPac to FM 1626, and Mobility Authority officials say it will help relieve congestion from neighborhood corridors, such as Brodie Lane, Slaughter Lane and Manchaca Road. The project includes a four-lane toll road and a 10-foot-wide shared-use path.



The latest


The project is 88 percent complete, CTRMA spokesperson Steve Pustelnyk told Community Impact Newspaper on Jan. 9.


Crews are finishing the shared-use path, building trailhead parking areas, painting concrete structures and completing work on water-quality ponds.


The final milestone—laying the top layer of pavement and striping it—will not be able to occur until spring, Pustelnyk said. As it stands, CTRMA expects to begin final paving in March and, weather permitting, plans to open the road to traffic in April or May, he said.

By Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Buchanan joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 after completing a master of journalism degree from the University of Texas. She worked as the senior reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition and is now the editor for the company's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition.