Toll road north of Austin now open

| Monday, March 05, 2007

A toll road built with bond money is now up and running in Texas.

Texas State Route 183A, a tolled alternative to Route 183 north of Austin, opened on Saturday, March 3. Tolls for running the entire 11.6-mile stretch of road cost $1.50 for cars with an additional $1.50 per axle for trucks. People who buy electronic TxTags will pay slightly less.

An independent government agency created in 2003 - the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority - issued $233 million in revenue bonds to get the road built. The mobility authority works with regional governments in Travis and Williamson counties on long-term transportation projects.

Route 183A was designed as an alternative to state Route 183 from state Route 620 to the city limits of Leander, TX.

Drivers who purchase TxTags have their tolls automatically debited from an account when using Route 183A or a handful of other toll roads built by regional toll authorities.

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