183-A toll­way dis­pute snags U.S. 183 toll plan

State Rep. Tony Dale’s bill tar­gets re­gional toll road agen­cies’ projects.

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Ben Wear bwear@states­man.com Toll­way

The pro­posed ad­di­tion of toll lanes to U.S. 183 in North­west Austin, al­ready ten­u­ous be­cause of the in­creas­ing un­pop­u­lar­ity of toll projects, has now be­come a bar­gain­ing chip in a lin­ger­ing dis­pute over the road’s Cedar Park cousin.

Of­fi­cials in the sub­ur­ban area served by the 183-A toll­way, in­clud­ing state Rep. Tony Dale, R-Cedar Park, long have stewed over the road’s high toll rates and its lack of frontage roads for about a 3-mile stretch between Avery Ranch Boule­vard and RM 1431.

That cha­grin, ex­ac­er­bated in re­cent weeks by a tech­ni­cal glitch that led to tens of thou­sands of bills be­ing wrongly sent to driv­ers with elec­tronic toll tags on their ve­hi­cles, has now taken leg­isla­tive form in House Bill 361, a Dale mea­sure due to be heard Thursday by the House Trans­porta­tion Com­mit­tee. Pro­posed U.S. 183 toll project

The mea­sure would pro­hibit a re­gional toll road agency from build­ing any road projects as long as it has any toll road lack­ing “at least one ad­ja­cent non­tolled lane of frontage road in each di­rec­tion.”

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