The SH 130 Concession Company announced Oct. 11 that segments 5 and 6 of Toll 130 will open to traffic Oct. 24, and tolls will be waived on those segments through Nov. 11.
The segments run from Mustang Ridge in Travis County to Seguin in Guadalupe County, northeast of San Antonio, and make up 41 of Toll 130's 91 total miles, according to the website. The tollway is also referred to as SH 130.
“With the opening of the southern section of SH 130, drivers will have a reliable alternative [to I-35] for traveling through Central Texas,” said Chris Lippincott, spokesman for The SH 130 Concession Company.
The Toll 130 project was designed to relieve some of the congestion from I-35, Lippincott said.
The company will be responsible for operations and maintenance of the highway for the next 50 years, which includes filling potholes, ensuring street lamps are changed and other upkeep, Lippincott said.
“A $1.4 billion investment was made by the [Toll 130] concession company," Lippincott said. "This was a road that was designed, built, and paid for by the private sector (the concession company) and will be operated and maintained by the sector,” he said.
The SH 130 Concession Company, a joint venture of Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructura s de Transporte, S.A. and Zachry American Infrastructure, funded the project at no cost to the state highway fund, he said.
The open-road tollway has no physical toll booths and collects payments electronically through the TxTag sticker or pay by mail. Drivers without a TxTag will pay no more than 33 percent higher than the base rate. To view all entry and exit points and a full list of toll rates for Toll 130, visit the Toll 130 website.
After Nov. 11, drivers with TxTags will be required to pay 15 cents per mile for cars and two-axle trucks, or $6.17 to travel the entire 41 miles of segments 5 and 6, according to the Toll 130 website. Drivers may register for a TxTag on the TxTag website.