Travis County decides to pony up $15 million for SH 45

MANCHACA, Texas (KXAN) —  Travis County Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve spending roughly $15 million on the proposed road that would connect FM 1626 to MoPac at State Highway 45 and give drivers another option to avoid Interstate 35 traffic off Brodie Lane.

The commissioners approved the plan with a 4-1 vote.

This would be a joint venture between Travis County, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, and Hays County — with Hays County pitching $5 million for the project. Capital Area Metro Planning Organization and TxDOT will fund $32 million and CTRMA will cover the rest of the balance at $48 million.

Commissioner Ron Davis was the lone nay vote.

Environmentalists worry the road could endanger wildlife along the route.  The Save Our Springs Alliance asked the court to postpone voting until environmental studies are complete.

The group filed a complaint Monday, March 17 against Commissioner Gerald Daugherty for violating the Texas Public Information Act.  They claim Daugherty deleted emails and text messages about the road project that should be made available to the public.

Critics of the project say the proposed road will only make MoPac more congested than it already is, especially during rush hour.

Supporters believe it will make a significant impact for the local neighborhoods that are seeing an increase in traffic.

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