It’s every traveler’s nightmare and every commuter’s dread: You’re late to the airport when you hit the congestion on your way to Austin Bergstrom International Airport.
I know it’s happened more than once to me.
But thanks to our partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation, congestion takes a back seat this week to reliability and free-flowing traffic. Commuters headed east to Bastrop or Houston can fly over the stoplights
An important milestone in our community partnerships takes place this week with the opening of a new tolled lane on SH 71. This project is a great example of how we are leveraging existing corridors to affect real change on our Central Texas roadways. Drivers will now have a choice to take this toll lane when being late is simply not an option.
As the Austin American-Statesman reports, SH 71 serves as a major corridor connecting drivers to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA), the city of Bastrop and points beyond. The 71 Toll Lane project adds a toll lane in each direction along SH 71 from near Presidential Boulevard at ABIA and extending east near SH 130. These new lanes offer a free-flowing and reliable bypass route for through traffic, especially during peak-hour congestion. The same number of non-tolled travel lanes that were available before construction still remain.
The project includes:
- One new toll lane in each direction while preserving and improving the existing non-tolled lanes of SH 71
- New bridges over FM 973 and SH 130 to facilitate through-traffic movement.
- New ramps to connect SH 71 with SH 130, offering drivers greater connectivity between the two key roadways.
- Approximately 5 miles of shared-use path along both sides of the corridor to close gaps in the existing and future network of bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
You can learn more about SH 71 and Toll 71 here.
I’m proud of this particular project because it was a problem that strangled our commerce and community, and we were able to work quickly to provide a solution by working together. Collaboration is at the heart of the Mobility Authority culture, and I want to thank TxDOT and all our partners for their hard work to make Central Texas a better place to live.