Here's an alternative that doesn't involve toll roads or raising the gas tax (although raising the gas tax would be great): don't build these new highways. Especially don't build the elevated expressway in Oak Hill at 290 and 71. If anything, the Fix290 plan is much better. Instead, spend the TxDOT budget fixing our existing bridges and roads and bring back funding for trail, beautification and tourist projects. Austin doesn't need any more highways.Interesting. In the 1970s, city leaders decided that they didn't want Austin to grow too much, and the best way would be to avoid building more highways. Austin grew anyway, and we faced an expensive bout of highway building in the 1990s to compensate. Austin still doesn't have a decent east-west route. Now we get to see the logic recapitulated, and I don't expect the results to be any better. Pass the gas tax if we have to, but let's not stick our heads in the sand again.
Austinist: TXDOT: Local Highway Construction Estimate Now $2.5B
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