U.S. 290 lanes to open; tolls be­gin in Jan­uary


West­bound lanes and two more fly­overs of the new U.S. 290 East toll­way, known as the Manor Ex­press­way, will open overnight and be ready for traf­fic be­fore rush hour Fri­day, the Cen­tral Texas Re­gional Mo­bil­ity Author­ity says. Tolls on the four fly­overs and the 1.5 miles of new ex­press lanes, which will al­low drivers to get from U.S. 183 to past Spring­dale Road with­out hit­ting a traf­fic sig­nal, will be­gin Jan. 5, ac­cord­ing to the agency. The charges for those with an elec­tronic toll tag will be 50 cents for a trip on a fly­over, and an­other 50 cents for us­ing the ex­press lanes.

Those who pay by mail will pay 33 per­cent more. There will be no cash booths.

The east­bound lanes past Spring­dale and two of the four fly­overs con­nect­ing U.S. 290 to U.S. 183 opened in late Novem­ber. The sec­tion open­ing now is the first phase of a 6.2-mile, $426 mil­lion toll­way project that will ex­tend the six-lane toll­way from U.S. 183 to past Parmer Lane, just west of Manor. The project should be com­pleted some­time in 2014, of­fi­cials have said.

About 400 new and ex­ist­ing Cap­i­tal Metro bus stops will re­ceive im­prove­ments over the next five years to meet re­quire­ments of the Amer­i­cans with Dis­abil­i­ties Act.

The im­prove­ments are be­ing com­pleted through a Cap­i­tal Metro part­ner­ship with the city of Austin Pub­lic Works De­part­ment. The es­ti­mated cost ranges from $3,000 to $20,000 for each stop. Cap­i­tal Metro will re­im­burse the city monthly for the com­pleted work.

Of­fi­cials said Cap­i­tal Metro’s ap­prox­i­mately 2,900 bus stops met the re­quire­ments of the Amer­i­cans with Dis­abil­i­ties Act when they were con­structed, but the agency has been up­grad­ing stops to meet the act’s lat­est stan­dards.

Stops sched­uled for im­prove­ment in­clude those on Air­port Boule­vard, Bur­net Road and Stass­ney Lane.

The Pflugerville An­i­mal Shel­ter, 1600 Waterbrook Drive, is re­duc­ing its adop­tion fees for dogs to $25 un­til Dec. 31. The re­duc­tion in price is made pos­si­ble by the Pflugerville Pfurry Pfriends of­fer­ing to put $65 to­wards all dog adop­tions dur­ing this pe­riod.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.pflugervil­letx.gov/ adoptme.

The Manor school district is hold­ing a com­mu­nity meet­ing seek­ing in­put from cur­rent or fu­ture par­ents of the district’s Day Care Cen­ter stu­dents on the char­ac­ter­is­tics they want in a new Day Care Cen­ter co­or­di­na­tor.

The meet­ing is sched­uled from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thurs­day in the Cafe­te­ria at Manor Excel Academy, 600 E. Par­sons St.

The Manor school district is lend­ing some hol­i­day help to 104 kinder­garten and first­grade stu­dents within the district as part of the 18th an­nual Adopt-A-Kid pro­gram.

The district matches ele­men­tary school stu­dents with a class at one of the high school cam­puses, which works to pro­vide gifts for the stu­dents. This week the ele­men­tary stu­dents are trav­el­ing to their adopted high school class­rooms, where they will re­ceive gifts from their wish list.

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