Texas SH 71 Express Project Is Behind Schedule. TxDOT Blames Weather, Contractor Dispute.

Austin American-Statesman reports, “Turns out that North MoPac Boulevard isn’t the only Austin-area tollway construction project having trouble meeting its schedule. The [SH 71 Express] project, which will add one toll lane in each direction from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport entrance to east of Texas 130 . . . , will miss its contractual completion date of this Friday [October 7] by several months. Flooding rains over the past year, and a design dispute between the Texas Department of Transportation and [McCarthy Building Companies, the general contractor], are to blame, according to TxDOT.”