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Controversial SW 45 SW Toll Road Plan Up For Vote Tuesday

Updated: Tuesday, March 18 2014, 07:28 AM CDT
Tuesday morning, a controversial toll road plan designed to ease traffic congestion in one of Austin’s fastest growing areas is once again in the spotlight. We’re talking about State Highway 45.

Some Travis County Commissioners want to extend SH 45 by building a 3.6 mile toll road between South Mopac and FM 1626 in Hays County, but not everyone’s on board with a decision some say goes way beyond just traffic congestion.

The project’s been nearly three decades in the making.

Supporters say no toll road means more cars are cutting through Brodie and nearby subdivisions near homes and schools, clogging roads and potentially putting families at risk. But opponents say building the toll road over the Edwards Aquifer is bad for the environment.

On Tuesday, both sides plan to be out in force for the second week in a row, as Travis County looks to approve a plan to team up with Hays County and Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority to make the road a reality. Here’s the plan commissioners are looking at: $15 million total for Travis County to design and build the road. 

They’d only be approving the first $2.5 million, which they’d issue bonds to pay for, if the vote goes through Tuesday. They would figure out how to come up with the remaining $12.5 million during the upcoming FY 2015 budget cycle. Under the agreement, Hays County would commit $5 million.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. at the Travis County Courthouse.   
Controversial SW 45 SW Toll Road Plan Up For Vote Tuesday


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