Those looking to bypass traffic congestion have a choice to use 290 Toll.
Drivers who prefer not to pay a toll have a choice to use the improved non-tolled general purpose lanes.
290 Toll upgraded the existing US 290 to a new expressway facility, which tripled the roadway’s capacity. It includes three tolled mainlanes and three non-tolled general purpose lanes in each direction along US 290 from US 183 interchange to the eastern limits east of SH 130. The project has significantly improved travel times for both tolled and non-tolled movement. As the region grows, the Mobility Authority is considering expanding the project, including direct connectors at the SH 130 interchange and an eastern extension.
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USE YOUR TOLL TAG OR DRIVE ON THROUGH, WE’LL BILL YOU
290 Toll is completely automated with no need to stop or even slow down at toll booths. The choice is yours – utilize the all-electronic, or cashless, tolling method of payment through a tag account; or if you don’t have a tag just keep moving, and we’ll bill you through the Pay By Mail program.
In Texas, there are multiple transportation agencies that are authorized to operate toll roads, issue their own toll tag, and do their own billing. In the Austin area, there are two: the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT/TxTag) and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (Mobility Authority).
Customers can pay their tolls with a TxTAG, TollTag, or EZ TAG and get a 25% discount, or they can choose to Pay By Mail. Pay By Mail customers are billed using a picture of their license plate, and are charged a $1.15 statement fee per bill. Vehicle registration information must be up to date in order for the bill to be sent to the correct address. Pay By Mail is available on all toll roads in Central Texas, although you may receive separate bills depending on which agency operated the road you traveled on.
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2016 290 Toll Rates and Plaza Locations
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LEARN MORE ABOUT THE 290 Toll
PHASES I, II, & III
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Phase I. The first phase that was developed and constructed by the Mobility Authority consisted of four tolled direct connectors and associated pavement at the US 183 interchange to provide direct access to and from the 290 Toll mainlanes. Federal stimulus funding was allocated to help complete this phase. Phase I was open to traffic in late 2012.
Phase II. The second phase was a 6.2 mile toll road consisting of three tolled mainlanes and three non-tolled general purpose lanes in each direction from the US 183 interchange to the eastern limits east of SH 130. It opened to traffic in May 2014.
Intersection Improvements. An interim intersection improvement project was initiated in 2015 to address a mobility and safety issue at the intersection of the westbound frontage roads of 290 Toll and the southbound SH 130 frontage roads. This interim solution consisted of the addition of dual right turn lanes on southbound SH130 frontage road, the addition of a southbound through-lane on the frontage road, the extension of the merge of the sweeping right turn, the addition of an extra lane on the westbound entrance ramp to the 290 Toll mainlanes, and additional signage. The project was completed and opened to traffic in September 2016.
Phase III. The Mobility Authority, in coordination with TxDOT, is developing plans to construct three direct connectors at the SH 130 interchange. These bridges will give drivers a free-flowing direct connection and free up capacity on the frontage road intersection underneath the toll facilities. Construction design is underway, and we anticipate breaking ground in spring 2018 with project completion slated for 2020.
Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities. 290 Toll Shared Use Path includes a ten-foot-wide, five-mile long shared use path on the south side of the 290 Toll frontage road from the US 183 interchange to east of SH 130. The bicycle and pedestrian facility includes a dedicated Shared Use Path bridge at the Walnut Creek Tributary and accommodates connections to the future Walnut Creek and 183 South Shared Use Paths.
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Shared Use Path:
The 290 Toll features a 10 foot wide, 6.2 mile shared use path for bicycle and pedestrian travel and recreation.