Texas Toll Road With 85-MPH Speed Limit Struggles

SAN ANTONIO (June 20, 2014) A privately-managed Texas toll road world famed for its 85-mile-per-hour speed limit continues to struggle financially.

Revenue is only 30 percent of original projections, and Moody's Investor Service reported that the company that built the privately managed leg of Texas 130 southeast of Austin lacks the money to meet a payment due June 30 on the $1.18 billion loan that financed the construction.

But Moody's says that SH 130 Concession Co. is negotiating refinancing with 10 banks that financed the original loan, so default is unlikely.

In May 2013, Moody's downgraded SH 130's credit rating by four grades because the road was carrying only half the traffic projected when it opened October 2012.

An SH 130 spokeswoman says the company remains confident that prosperity is just around the corner.

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