290/130 Flyovers Project

Project Overview

What We're Building

After the Mobility Authority opened 290 Toll in 2014, the number of commuters that recognized the convenience of the new roadway surpassed projections. This high demand led to traffic congestion at the frontage road intersection of 290 Toll and SH 130. Without a safe and efficient link between the two roadways, mobility and safety were compromised during the morning rush hour for southbound SH 130 drivers trying to head westbound on 290 Toll.

The Mobility Authority, in partnership with TxDOT, is constructing three flyovers at the convergence of 290 Toll and SH 130 to link the two roadways together. This will give drivers a safe, efficient, free-flowing direct connection and free up capacity at the frontage road intersection to benefit drivers who prefer the non-tolled option. 

All three flyovers are being designed and constructed by the Mobility Authority. TxDOT is financing the construction of the flyover between eastbound 290 Toll and southbound SH 130, which will be non-tolled. The Mobility Authority is financing construction of the flyovers from northbound and southbound SH 130 to westbound 290 Toll, which will be tolled connections, paid for by toll revenue bonds and a federal TIFIA loan.  A flyover already exists to link eastbound 290 Toll to northbound SH 130, which will remain non-tolled. All other movements will use the existing frontage road intersections.

 

The 290/130 Flyovers Will Enhance Mobility By:

  • Reducing potential for high-speed rear-end collisions on SH 130
  • Eliminating queueing of vehicles on the southbound and northbound main lanes of SH 130
  • Saving about $5 million a year for the traveling public in time as well as fuel and vehicle costs
  • Attracting more than 5,000 vehicles per day from parallel facilities, thereby providing additional congestion relief to other corridors
  • Increasing the average speed by up to 40 miles per hour
  • Shifting approximately 67 percent of vehicles off the southbound SH 130 frontage road and onto the new flyover ramp to westbound 290 Toll.
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 1,020 metric tons annually
  • Attracting economic development opportunities to the region by way of enhanced local and regional connectivity.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

The Mobility Authority, in partnership with TxDOT, is constructing three flyovers at the convergence of 290 Toll and SH 130 to link the two toll facilities together. This will give drivers a safe, efficient, free-flowing direct connection and free up capacity at the frontage road intersection to benefit drivers who prefer the non-tolled option. 

The flyovers are being designed and constructed by the Mobility Authority. TxDOT is financing the construction of the flyover between eastbound 290 Toll and southbound SH 130, which will be non-tolled. The Mobility Authority is financing construction of the flyovers from northbound and southbound SH 130 to westbound 290 Toll, which will be tolled connections, paid for by toll revenue bonds and a federal TIFIA loan. A flyover already exists to link eastbound 290 Toll to northbound SH 130, which will remain non-tolled. All other movements will use the existing frontage road intersections.

After the Mobility Authority opened 290 Toll in 2014, the number of commuters that recognized the convenience of the new roadway surpassed projections. This high demand led to traffic congestion at the frontage road intersection of 290 Toll and SH 130 (a TxDOT-operated toll road). Without a safe and efficient link between the two roadways, mobility and safety are compromised during the morning rush hour for southbound SH 130 drivers trying to head westbound on 290 Toll. The new flyovers will provide a safe and efficient, free-flowing direct connection between the two facilities, enhancing mobility for all drivers. 

$127 million

$41.1 million is being paid by TxDOT from available Central Texas Turnpike System (CTTS) toll revenues to develop and construct the eastbound 290 Toll to southbound SH 130 flyover. The Mobility Authority will fund the northbound and southbound SH 130 to westbound 290 Toll flyovers using toll revenue bonds and a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan from the United States Department of Transportation. TIFIA funding is available for qualified projects of regional and national significance, and for agencies that consistently deliver successful projects. 

Construction will begin in early 2019, and will last three years, with the project anticipated to be open to traffic in late 2021.

The majority of construction will take place during daytime hours, However, to minimize impacts to traffic and to ensure the safety of the traveling public, construction may occur 24 hours a day. 

Construction activity will occur on US 290/290 Toll from west of Blue Goose Road to Parmer Lane. On SH 130, construction activity will occur from north of E. Parmer Lane to south of Blue Bluff Road. 

Overnight: Overnight lane closures may occur between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. on weekdays; and 5 p.m. to 11 a.m. on weekends. 

Daytime: Daytime closures on the mainlanes of 290 Toll and SH 130 may occur.

The contractor will face financial penalties if a closure occurs outside of approved time frames. In order to minimize noise from construction activities, the project team will follow a set of guidelines designed to preserve quality of life for adjacent neighborhoods. 

The SH 130 southbound to 290 Toll westbound flyover and the SH 130 northbound to 290 Toll westbound flyovers will be constructed first.

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No. The entire project will be constructed within existing TxDOT Right-of-Way.

Non-tolled drivers will also experience travel benefits from the project. With a free-flowing direct connection on the mainlanes between 290 Toll and SH 130 Toll, fewer drivers will utilize the frontage road intersection, freeing up capacity and improving traffic flow. In addition, projections show that up to 5,000 vehicles per day will be attracted from parallel facilities, thereby providing additional congestion relief on other corridors.

The non-tolled eastbound to northbound flyover bridge that already exists at this intersection will remain non-tolled. The flyover from eastbound 290 Toll to southbound SH 130 Toll will be non-tolled because TxDOT determined that there was enough toll revenue in the Central Texas Turnpike System (CTTS) to fund the flyover that will connect drivers to a TxDOT-owned toll road (SH 130 Toll). The Mobility Authority will fund construction of the flyovers from northbound and southbound SH 130 to westbound 290 Toll with toll revenue bonds and a federal TIFIA loan. These flyovers will be tolled in order to repay the loans and bonds that will finance construction and to pay for future maintenance costs. 

On toll roads operated by the Mobility Authority, tolls are waived under in accordance with state law and Mobility Authority policies for:

  • Emergency vehicles
  • State and federal military vehicles
  • Public transit buses
  • Capital Metro registered vanpools
  • MetroAccess vehicles
  • Qualified veterans accepted into the Qualified Veteran Discount Program
     

For more information, questions or concerns you can call the Mobility Authority at (512) 996-9778. You can also sign-up for the e-newsletter or schedule a presentation with the project team for your organization or group. 

 

Adjacent Projects

TxDOT’s SH 130 widening project includes the portion of SH 130 within the limits of the 290/130 Flyovers project. TxDOT’s project will add a third lane in each direction to SH 130 between SH 45 North and SH 71. Segment 2, between SH 45 North and US 290, broke ground in October 2018, and Segment 3, between SH 71 and US 290, will break ground in early 2019. For more information, visit their website.

 

Environmental Documentation 

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