toll roads http://kut.org en Highways Are Talking Point as Candidates Take to Road http://kut.org/post/highways-are-talking-point-candidates-take-road <p class="p1" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">In a speech last month kicking off her campaign to be Texas' first Democratic lieutenant governor in 15 years, state Sen.<a data-tooltip="/directory/leticia-van-de-putte/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/leticia-van-de-putte/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);" title="">Leticia Van de Putte</a>&nbsp;of&nbsp;San Antonio&nbsp;offered examples of what she considere Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:05:53 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 9463 at http://kut.org Highways Are Talking Point as Candidates Take to Road TxDOT Pressuring Toll Offenders: Pay Up or Be Named (Update) http://kut.org/post/txdot-pressuring-toll-offenders-pay-or-be-named-update <p><strong>Update</strong>: Central Texas residents owe the state more than $27 million in unpaid tolls, and Texas is trying out a new method to collect the dough.</p><p>On Thursday, the Texas Department of Transportation released its list of <a href="http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/media-room/news/statewide/051-2013-violators.html">the top 25 toll violators</a> in the state. Topping the list was a Pflugerville resident who had 14,358 unpaid toll transactions, which totaled $236,026. Second place went to a Hutto resident with 10,566 unpaid tolls that added up to $217,619.</p><p>Violators were from six cities: Pflugerville, Hutto, Round Rock, Austin, Taylor and Leander. If violators do not pay up, Senate Bill 1792, which passed earlier this year, gives TxDOT the authority to possibly deny the offender&rsquo;s vehicle registration and ban them from using TxDOT toll roads.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 17:19:07 +0000 Ryan Groves, Mark Gwin & Jody Serrano 8909 at http://kut.org TxDOT Pressuring Toll Offenders: Pay Up or Be Named (Update) Work Begins on MoPac Toll Lane Expansion http://kut.org/post/work-begins-mopac-toll-lane-expansion <p>Overnight lane closures on MoPac between Lady Bird Lake and Parmer Lane have begun. They'll last from now until the end of July as roadway designers begin a plan to add toll lanes.</p><p>The<a href="http://www.mopacexpress.com/"> MoPac Improvement Project</a> will expand the highway by adding one express lane in each direction.</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 23:15:09 +0000 Austin Feldman 7796 at http://kut.org Work Begins on MoPac Toll Lane Expansion Express (Toll) Lanes Coming to State Highway 71 http://kut.org/post/express-toll-lanes-coming-state-highway-71 <p>Change is on the way for <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/609135-map-sh-71.html">a stretch of State Highway 71 </a>in Southeast Austin.</p><p>The Texas Department of Transportation is moving ahead with plans to <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/609132-project-fact-sheet-sh-71.html">build tolled express lanes</a> from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport east to the&nbsp;SH 130 toll road.</p><p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 00:27:55 +0000 Trey Shaar 6790 at http://kut.org Express (Toll) Lanes Coming to State Highway 71 After Weeks of Free Rides, Texas’ 85 mph Tollway Now Charging http://kut.org/post/after-weeks-free-rides-texas-85-mph-tollway-now-charging <p>It's been almost three weeks since <a href="http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/media-room/news/statewide/054-2012.html" target="_blank">the new stretch of State Highway 130 opened on Oct. 24</a>. Now the temporary freeway is officially a tollway. And that's how it's going to stay, for the next 50 years or so.</p><p>The new segments of SH-130, which run just south of the Austin-Bergstrom&nbsp;International Airport to Seguin, were free to motorists until Nov. 11. Now the the toll rate has been set at $0.15 per mile for passenger vehicles with <a href="http://www.txtag.org/">TxTag service</a>. Vehicles without a TxTag can also use the tollway, and will be billed through a pay-by-mail service.</p><p>"With this new road, motorists can travel 90 miles of toll road and bypass I-35 congestion between Seguin and Georgetown for about $12," the Texas Department of Transportation says in a press release.</p><p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 17:19:06 +0000 Tyler Pratt 5608 at http://kut.org After Weeks of Free Rides, Texas’ 85 mph Tollway Now Charging Fastest Road in the Country Now Open in Central Texas http://kut.org/post/fastest-road-country-now-open-central-texas <p>The fastest road in the country is now open to drivers in Central Texas. The 85 mile per hour portion of <a href="http://mysh130.com/" target="_blank">State Highway 130</a> opened this morning.</p><p>The toll road stretches across about 41 miles from Mustang Ridge to Seguin. It will soon cost drivers 15 cents per mile—or $6.17 to drive the length of the road—but it’s free through Nov. 10<sup>th</sup>.</p><p>Eighteen-wheelers will be charged 60 cents per mile. But, <a href="http://While he acknowledged that some truck drivers drive faster than 65 mph, most trucking companies try to keep drivers from traveling faster than that speed, both out of concerns for safety and because it reduces a truck's gas mileage, Esparza said." target="_blank">as reported last month</a>, truckers may avoid the toll road altogether because driving over 65 mph reduces fuel efficiency and also raises safety concerns. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 19:21:18 +0000 Laura Rice & Kelli Ainsworth 5439 at http://kut.org Fastest Road in the Country Now Open in Central Texas At 85 mph, Texas Has the Fastest Road in the Nation http://kut.org/post/85-mph-texas-has-fastest-road-nation <p>A new toll road is opening soon in Central Texas, stretching from Austin to the town of Seguin, outside of San Antonio.</p><p>State Highway 130 was built to relieve traffic along neighboring Interstate 35, one of the <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/austin-street-one-texas-most-congested-do-you-know-where-it">most congested roadways</a> in Texas. But this stretch of toll road has a draw of its own: It recently had its speed limit approved at 85 mph, the fastest in the nation.</p><p>The dream of barreling down an open road at 85 mph is undoubtedly appealing to gridlock-prone Texas motorists. (Portions of SH 130 are already open - with a slightly lower speed - but have seen relatively scant traffic.)</p><p>Hoping that dream doesn’t turn into a nightmare is Russ Rader, spokesperson for the <a href="http://www.iihs.org/">Insurance Institute for Highway Safety</a>, a non-profit highway research group funded by the auto insurance industry. He notes that speed limits have been on the increase for some time.</p><p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 19:44:43 +0000 Wells Dunbar 5044 at http://kut.org At 85 mph, Texas Has the Fastest Road in the Nation Convincing Central Texans to Take Toll Roads http://kut.org/post/convincing-central-texans-take-toll-roads <p>The Texas Transportation Institute wants Austinites to<a href="http://www.tti-surveys.org/public_html/limesurvey3/index.php?sid=22858&amp;lang=en" target="_blank"> fill out a survey </a>about their use of toll roads and freeways. The Texas Legislature mandated TxDOT to have the survey done to evaluate the flow of traffic in the city.</p><p>The survey asks about when, where and how much time you spend on area highways.</p><p>TTI hopes to gather data that will help them find ways to encourage Central Texans to take toll roads. Thu, 09 Aug 2012 17:05:13 +0000 Laura Rice 4843 at http://kut.org Convincing Central Texans to Take Toll Roads Drought Takes Toll on State Highway 130 http://kut.org/post/drought-takes-toll-state-highway-130 <p></p><p>Despite setbacks,<a href="http://www.mysh130.com/">&nbsp;State Highway 130</a>&nbsp;is still set to open in its entirety by November. The toll road will connect the North Austin area with Interstate 10, hopefully easing traffic on Interstate 35.</p><p>But SH-130 was the victim of drought-induced damage to its structural integrity. Once-moist clay dried out and contracted, causing shifts in the ground underneath the asphalt and cracking the road on top. Parts of the 41-mile stretch of road between Mustang Ridge and Seguin need to be redone and preventative measures are being taken to keep the damage from reoccurring.</p><p>SH-130 is being constructed by a private company, acting as a proxy for the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.txdot.gov/">Texas Department of Transportation</a>. Chris Lippinpott is the spokesman for the State Highway 130 Concession Company, the organization in charge of the design, construction, finance, operation, and maintenance of the highway. Lippincott says the cost of the road will total nearly $1.325 billion.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 18:54:34 +0000 Kelly Connelly 4692 at http://kut.org Drought Takes Toll on State Highway 130