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Old Posted May 9, 2015, 4:40 AM
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I drove from Round Rock to Buda on SH-130/SH-45 during rush hour today. It had been several months since I last drove it. I was surprised by how busy it is getting. There was a few miles long stretch around 290 and 973 where both sides of the highway had stop and go traffic. There was an even longer stretch that I couldn't drive any where near that 80 MPH speed limit because of the traffic volume.
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I drove from Round Rock to Buda on SH-130/SH-45 during rush hour today. It had been several months since I last drove it. I was surprised by how busy it is getting. There was a few miles long stretch around 290 and 973 where both sides of the highway had stop and go traffic. There was an even longer stretch that I couldn't drive any where near that 80 MPH speed limit because of the traffic volume.
The last time I was in the area (last summer or so), I was surprised at how much development was going in from 79 all the way to past the 45 connection, and then Manor probably contributes to it as well, though most of their development seemed a bit farther east, not right on the highway.
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Stop and go traffic already, yet toll revenue is lower than projected? So they built the freeway with immediate obsolescence as a necessary condition for making a profit. That's absolutely brilliant.
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Old Posted May 11, 2015, 2:20 AM
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Stop and go traffic already, yet toll revenue is lower than projected? So they built the freeway with immediate obsolescence as a necessary condition for making a profit. That's absolutely brilliant.
Without doing a Google, I believe the revenue is above projections. The privately built section south of Austin is the one not that's not living up to expectations.
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Old Posted May 11, 2015, 7:17 AM
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http://www.wfaa.com/story/news/polit...bill/27083037/

Well, not Austin, but complaint-worthy. Evidently some idiot added a rider to the transportation bill that could effectively kill the HSR between Dallas and Houston. Because our current transportation situation is fine, I guess. I hope lawmakers remove this or change it to allow the rail to move forward. What a shame if HSR doesn't happen.
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Well, not Austin, but complaint-worthy. Evidently some idiot added a rider to the transportation bill that could effectively kill the HSR between Dallas and Houston. Because our current transportation situation is fine, I guess. I hope lawmakers remove this or change it to allow the rail to move forward. What a shame if HSR doesn't happen.
It really is a local story since that idiot State Senator is from Georgetown.
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Good catch. In that case, all you folks who live in the Austin area need to pay him a visit.
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This touches Austin even more than that. The second line was to go from Fort Worth to Austin.
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Old Posted May 14, 2015, 4:22 AM
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Apparently traffic really is picking up on SH130.

http://www.woai.com/articles/woai-lo...rmant-13586433
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Wow, that's interesting. I'd love to see the numbers from Georgetown/Round Rock to 45 South versus 45 South to I-10. I believe the half loop around Austin (via 45 in Round Rock) is probably doing great - 183A might also with all the Cedar Park/Leander development, but I'm purely speculating. Not sure how much the areas of Lockhart and Seguin contribute, however.
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Apparently traffic really is picking up on SH130.

http://www.woai.com/articles/woai-lo...rmant-13586433
SH 130 is scary in the mornings heading downtown. It's packed from 1431 to 290. Since everyone is driving 75+, when things do come to a stop it gets a little crazy.

Has anyone noticed the complete lack of guardrails along SH 130?

Love the road, but it is pretty stressful driving on it in rush hour.
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SH 130 is scary in the mornings heading downtown. It's packed from 1431 to 290. Since everyone is driving 75+, when things do come to a stop it gets a little crazy.

Has anyone noticed the complete lack of guardrails along SH 130?

Love the road, but it is pretty stressful driving on it in rush hour.
Occasionally I travel 130 from Gattis School Rd to Parmer during morning rush to avoid I35, and it can go from fast to slow in a hurry. I was a bit surprised at first about the amount of volume, but I even see traffic picking up during morning rush on 45 from 130 to Loop 1. After that it thins out until you get closer to 183 near Lakeline Blvd.

On the way home, 45 east clogs up to an almost standstill on the exit ramp and bridge to northbound 35. Even with the high speed exit ramps on the tolls, its the merging points at major highways that almosts defeats the purpose of paying tolls to get to your destination faster. Now I get to hurry up and wait. And its only going to get worse. Many of the newcomers I talked to have no issue using the toll roads unlike longtime locals, citing its easier not to get lost on them.

About the lack of guardrails, they exist where there are hazards, but there are long stretches without them, not sure I see this as a safety concern since any curves are designed for high speed and the yellow warning stripes which run the length of the toll roads are grooved to remind you that you are drifting off the highway.
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About the lack of guardrails, they exist where there are hazards, but there are long stretches without them, not sure I see this as a safety concern since any curves are designed for high speed and the orange warning stripes which run the length of the toll roads, are grooved to remind you that you are drifting off the highway.
Plus if you do, it's level grassy ground 100 feet from opposing traffic most places.

130 has a _wide_ RoW, like 500-600 feet. I believe it's intended to eventually grow many more lanes.
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Plus if you do, it's level grassy ground 100 feet from opposing traffic most places.

130 has a _wide_ RoW, like 500-600 feet. I believe it's intended to eventually grow many more lanes.
When they built this, I never would have though the additional lanes would be necessary, but considering actual "congestion" on the current lanes at peak times, maybe I was wrong.
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http://impactnews.com/austin-metro/c...ortation-plan/

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