While it takes some municipalities months just to fix a pot hole, apparently all you need is a little revenue stream to get road construction done at a rabbit's pace. After years of work, the final portion of the speed limit of 85 miles per hour along its 41-mile length from just south of Austin to I-10 near Seguin, Texas.

The road was constructed with no cost to the taxpayers by the SH 130 Concession Company, but almost as an added gift to local residents for finishing early, the tolls for the new portion of Texas SH 130 are being waived until November 11. After that, passenger cars and trucks will be charged $0.15 per mile, which adds up to a little over six dollars to drive the length of the new 41-mile, 85-mph stretch. The entire SH 130 toll road now spans 91 miles and acts as a bypass of Austin. Even better, the toll road uses a cashless system that can read either the TxTag decal or the car's license plate, which eliminates pesky toll booths and makes speedy transit even more convenient for motorists.


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      ishmaelcrowley
      • 2 Years Ago
      One of my goals in life is to own a toll road. You have a guaranteed revenue stream in perpetuity, and apparently no one complains about it.
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        @ishmaelcrowley
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      Rob
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another reason Texas is still doing fine without a state income tax.
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      Cool people
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yes! About time wide open stretches of highway posted @ 85mph ! This should be standard.
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      yargnits
      • 2 Years Ago
      Boring. I just got back from Germany where I was happily doing 155mph in a rented Audi. Let's open our roads up here.
      sansarret
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would hate to go on this highway with my 1991 Volkswagen Westfalia, 65 is my top speed and it's pushing it.
      coffeetime
      • 2 Years Ago
      See what happens when you leave the government out of things? Reasonable tolls and a project completed on time.
        benzaholic
        • 2 Years Ago
        @coffeetime
        See what happens when you let private companies suck on the taxing teat? FTFY
        J
        • 2 Years Ago
        @coffeetime
        On what planet is 15 cents per mile "reasonable"?
          Eraun Petry
          • 2 Years Ago
          @J
          about as reasonable as how much it costs to even get a license in europe
          warren,
          • 2 Years Ago
          @J
          Ehhh, it's not that expensive. 15 cents per mile is a LOT cheaper than highway 407 in Ontario, which runs you 40 cents per mile at peak hours (7-9am on weekdays)..... and the average speed is pretty close to 85mph. Not a lot of law enforcement either.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 2 Years Ago
      6 cents a mile is more reasonable.
        NY EVO X MR GUY
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        down vote all you want, You could be in NY paying 6.50 each way for a 45 mph overpriced toll.
      Johnny Trailerpark
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is awesome except for the part where Texas DOT has added yet another road tax.
      wooootles
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cool. Now they should make bypasses like these in California.... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAwhoamikidding
      car czar
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is best thing they could have done because I35 was a mess it used to take me 2.5-3 hrs to get from San Antonio to Austin but I say keep those Big trucks off of it or there is gonna be some very deadly accidents. A do I have to say it but please NO TEXTING AND DRIVING AT 85MPH you have no reaction time at those speeds
        metric91
        • 2 Years Ago
        @car czar
        I agree, I drive to San Antonio often to visit my dealers and 35 IS a mess. On my way home today, I had the privilege to take this new stretch of the 130 toll home. It was quite nice and open but in the 41 miles I was on it, there were three Semi's I came up on that were doing 70mph tops! This should not be allowed.
          Justin
          • 2 Years Ago
          @metric91
          Why not if they're in the right lane?
      AE86
      • 2 Years Ago
      I do these speeds from time to time when I feel like going faster... I dont need a highway for it. This is cool and all but IMO this is just a way to burn gas faster and gas is way to expensive to be going at these speeds at an constant rate.
        rolanie3
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AE86
        Traffic moving that quickly at a constant speed should not burn an excessive amount more fuel. You by yourself speeding along, yes. This is because of the reduced wind resistance from the draft from the car in front. I'm not advocating tailgating at 85+ mph, but even if you aren't bumper to bumper, the effect is still there. At speeds above 40 mph, any reduction in wind resistance saves a surprising amount of fuel. Also, with these cars running on the road for a shorter period of time, it could even out.
          kEiThZ
          • 1 Year Ago
          @rolanie3
          You'd have to drive awful close to be drafting.
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