Officials reach out to residents affected by SH 71 Express Project

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Tonight officials are inviting anyone affected by the SH Express 71 project to attend an open house in Del Valle to speak to engineers who are working on the project.

The SH 71 Express Project will improve traffic flow along the SH 71 corridor, which is the main way connecting drivers to Austin-Bergstrom Airport. Construction on the SH 71 Express Project started earlier this year – and is expected to last late into 2016. Workers will add nearly 4 miles of toll lanes from Presidential Boulevard near ABIA to SH 130 near Onion Creek.

The project includes building bridges over FM 973 and SH 130 and widening SH 71 between Presidential Blvd and FM 973.

Caleb Spiars drives SH 71 daily and welcomes the change to the area. “Now people who are taking the roads I’m on, like taking SH 130 and SH 45. So, say I’m going somewhere else they’ll have another road to take.”

The plan also includes safety improvements for cyclists and pedestrians. Workers will build bicycle paths and walking paths as part of the project.

The open house takes place from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Del Valle Opportunity Center located at 5301-B Ross Road.

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