183-A tollway dispute snags U.S. 183 toll plan
State Rep. Tony Dale’s bill targets regional toll road agencies’ projects.
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.”