Texas Revives Plan to Build Toll Lanes on Texas 71 2/28/13
AUSTIN, Texas - State transportation officials have revived plans to
build toll lanes on Texas 71 near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to the
Texas 130 toll road.
The Austin American-Statesman (http://bit.ly/Xcbhx1 ) reported Wednesday the
expansion would be possible in part from money generated by the Texas 130 toll
road. A new stretch opened in October with the nation's fastest speed limit at
Texas Department of Transportation officials estimate the 2-mile project
will cost about $140 million.
Environmental reviews must be done. Construction could start in 2014 and
take two years to complete.
TxDOT executive director Phil Wilson says the expansion would have free
Construction of toll lanes on Texas 71 between U.S. 183 and Texas 130 had
been included in Austin-area transportation plans but were dropped due to tight