Price tag upped for new stretch of road in NE Travis County

MANOR, Texas (KXAN) — The price tag to help drivers in northeast Travis County get new access to the State Highway 130 toll road is going up.

Travis County Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve a plan to increase the budget for the Howard Lane extension, a 1.5 mile stretch from Cameron Road to SH 130.

This is the second time City of Austin and Travis County leaders have met to increase the budget for this joint project. The change will allow  an extra $500,000  to relocate and extend a water line, and to build the new section of road.

The cost of the water line and wastewater lines will be paid for solely by the City of Austin because that part of the project falls within the city limits, but they needed county commissioners to sign off on the increase.

Construction on the Howard Lane project started in January and is funded by a 2005 bond package.

The proposed design will make Howard Lane a four-lane divided roadway with bicycle lanes and sidewalks on each side of the streets.

Traffic Reporter Amanda Dugan will help you navigate through your morning commute each morning on KXAN News Today, starting at 4:30.

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