Rusty Garrett here with the weekend outlook: Saturday, rain stays with us, but should taper off by Sunday, the drier of the two days.
AUSTIN (February 28, 2013)—Texas Department of Transportation officials have revived plans to build toll lanes on Texas 71 near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to the Texas 130 toll road.
The expansion would be made possible in part from money generated by the Texas 130 toll road.
A new stretch opened in October with the nation's fastest speed limit at 85 miles per hour.
Texas Department of Transportation officials estimate the 2-mile project will cost about $140 million.
Environmental reviews must be done. Construction could start in 2014 and take two years to complete.
TxDOT executive director Phil Wilson said the expansion would have free frontage roads.
Construction of toll lanes on Texas 71 between U.S. 183 and Texas 130 were included in Austin-area transportation plans, but were dropped because of tight finances.
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