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2012-11-08

SH 130 opens to traffic

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Commuters and business people eased through Central Texas this week as the Texas Department of Transportation and the State Highway 130 Concession Company, LLC opened SH 130 between Austin and San Antonio. The new roadway, which spans 41 miles from Mustang Ridge to I-10 in Seguin, officially opened after years of planning and partnering to address congestion on I-35 in and around Austin.
Under terms of the contract SH 130 Concession Company invested nearly $1.4 billion and will operate and maintain the roadway for 50 years at no cost to the state.
"SH 130 is an outstanding highway and a great example of how transportation solutions can be realized when government and the private sector work together on behalf of all Texans," said Ted Houghton, Chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission. "Commuters and business people traveling through central Texas no longer have to deal with congestion, and best of all, taxpayers did not get the bill."
Motorists may drive segments 5 and 6 of SH 130 for free until Nov. 11. Beginning Nov. 11, the toll rate will be set at $0.15 per mile for passenger vehicles using TxTag. Cars and trucks without a TxTag may also use the road and will be billed via TxDOT's pay-by-mail service. With this new road, motorists can travel 90 miles of toll road and bypass I-35 congestion between Seguin and Georgetown for about $12.