AUSTIN (KXAN) — Now that a federal judge has dismissed an injunction against the developers of the SH 45SW project, construction is expected to begin next month.
The lawsuit filed earlier this year claimed the Texas Department of Transportation and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority launched the project without “undertaking any advance look at the cumulative environmental consequences of their action and without considering any alternatives to their South MoPac endeavor.” In response, developers say the project will feature extensive water quality protection measures as well as bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.
Last month, the project got the final funding approved to start construction on the 3.6-mile toll road. The agreement includes a state grant and a State Highway Fund loan agreement. In December, the Texas Transportation Commission approved the final $60 million needed to make the project a reality. The money will be paid to the CTRMA and added to the previous grand of $28.9 million from the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO).
“The SH 45 SW project is crucial to southwestern Travis County’s mobility needs and has been a top priority for this community for many years. I am pleased that today’s court ruling will pave the way for construction to begin on this vital project after multiple unnecessary delays. I look forward to the completion of this project and the long overdue traffic congestion relief it will deliver to the area,” said State Representative Paul Workman, R-Austin, in a statement.
Officials say once construction starts, the project will take approximately three years to complete. Once complete, SH 45SW will connect MoPac eastward to Farm to Market 1626 in Hays County with two lanes in each direction.