Statesman – 4/4/2016
Today, in Central Texas truisms that just ain’t true: The Texas 130 tollway is an empty ribbon of concrete.
That was fairly true back in 2008 and 2009, soon after the northern 49-mile stretch of the four-lane highway opened east of Round Rock and Austin. And even now traffic is fairly light in the north and south quadrants, and uncongested for the entire the length outside of morning and evening commute times. Want to go at the 80 mph speed limit? You can do so almost all of the time.
But, as I found out Thursday, you can also find yourself going 15 to 20 mph, or even coming to a dead stop briefly, in the part between U.S. 290 and Pflugerville. And the big picture is that traffic on Texas 130, depending on the section of the road, has doubled, tripled and even almost quadrupled over the past six years as development has occurred along the corridor.
A whole lot of people are paying to use Texas 130, in other words.