290/130 Direct Connectors
Adding direct connector bridges at the interchange of 290 Toll and TxDOT's SH 130 Toll in east Austin to provide a safe and efficient link between the two facilities
We are developing a long-term mobility solution at the US 290/SH 130 interchange
After the Mobility Authority opened 290 Toll in 2014, the number of commuters that recognized the convenience of the new roadway surpassed our projections. This high demand led to traffic congestion at the intersection of 290 Toll and SH 130 (a TxDOT-operated toll road).
Without a safe and efficient link between the two roadways, mobility and safety are compromised during the morning rush hour for southbound SH 130 drivers trying to head westbound on 290 Toll.
DIRECT CONNECTOR RAMPS FOR GREATER CONNECTIVITY
Beginning in 2018, the Mobility Authority will construct up to three direct connector bridges between the SH 130 and 290 Toll facilities. These bridges will give drivers a free-flowing direct connection and free up capacity on the frontage road intersection underneath the toll facilities for drivers who prefer the non-tolled option.
Plans are in development for the construction of these direct connector bridges, which will be designed and constructed by the Mobility Authority. TxDOT will finance the construction of the direct connector bridge between Eastbound 290 Toll and Southbound SH 130, which will be non-tolled. The Mobility Authority will finance the construction of direct connector bridges from Northbound and Southbound SH 130 to Westbound 290 Toll, which will be tolled connections. A direct connection already exists to link Eastbound 290 Toll to Northbound SH 130, which will remain non-tolled. All other movements will use the existing frontage road intersections.
The toll rate for drivers choosing the direct connector bridges has not yet been determined.
*This direct connector bridge from Eastbound 290 Toll to Southbound SH 130 Toll will be non-tolled as TxDOT determined that there was enough toll revenue in the Central Texas Turnpike System to fund the bridge that will connect drivers to a TxDOT-owned toll road (SH 130 Toll).
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OPERATIONAL & SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS COMPLETED IN 2016
The Mobility Authority completed construction of an interim intersection improvement project in 2016 to address the safety and mobility challenges at the frontage road intersection of the two facilities. High demand was causing long wait times and compromised safety for rush hour drivers on Southbound SH 130 trying to access the 290 Toll on-ramp into Austin. This widening project is a short-term fix for congestion relief today. The new bridges will bring long term relief for tomorrow.
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