Central Texas board to hold public hearing on toll roads Monday night

| 1/19/2007

The future of toll roads in Central Texas will be cussed and discussed at a public hearing tonight open to residents who want to weigh-in on the hot button issue.

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization – CAMPO – will hold the public hearing on the Phase 2 Toll Road Transportation Improvement Program.

The program includes Highway 290 east, Highway 183, state Highway 71 east, state Highway 45 southwest, Highway 71 west, the “Y” at Oak Hill and Loop 360 in a three-county area around Austin, according to the city’s Chamber of Commerce.

The public hearing is at 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 22, in the Commons Building at the University of Texas J.J. Pickle Research Campus, 10100 Burnett Road, Building No. 137, Austin.

CAMPO board members were scheduled to make a decision on the long-term proposal for a group of roads in July 2006, but that decision was delayed.

Board members are now scheduled to vote Feb. 12 on the long-term proposal.

Phase 1 roads already approved for long-term development include Highway 130, state Highway 45 north, the MoPac extension to state Highway 45 and Highway 183A.

Area residents are concerned about the possible toll rates and where the revenue will be spent, according tolocal media reports.