SH 45SW construction begins this week

Rendering of SH 45 SW toll lanes. ( Courtesy: SH45SW)
Rendering of SH 45 SW toll lanes. ( Courtesy: SH45SW)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – After exhaustive legal proceedings and years of planning, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority will break ground on SH 45SW this week.

The new, 3.6-mile toll road will connect MoPac to FM 1626 in Hays County providing enhanced access between Downtown Austin and southwest Travis and northern Hays Counties.

“Central Texas’ natural beauty is one reason so many people relocate here, and this is one of the most sensitive environmental areas in the region.” Mobility Authority Executive Director Mike Heiligenstein said “This project was developed with a delicate balance in mind—meeting the population’s need for new infrastructure, while still taking appropriate measures to protect our environment. I’m proud of the thoughtful planning and coordination that went into making this project a truly collaborative approach to sustainable environmentally-sensitive design.”

The $109 million project is expected to be completed in approximately three years. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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