“Scary” Fact: Central Texas Opens Yet Another Toll Road – the $140 Million Texas 71 Tollway

Austin American-Statesman reports, “Starting sometime Tuesday [February 28], probably just before the evening rush hour, highway crews will remove some cones and other barriers and open the 3-mile-long Texas 71 tollway.” The report adds, “So, we have eight Central Texas tollways, and more on the way. Specifically, three under construction and four in the planning stages (including toll lanes on Interstate 35), for a total of 15 around here sometime in the next decade. That would be more than 200 miles of toll roads, up from zero in greater Austin just before Halloween 2006. Scary.”