Controversial SH45 SW project declared ready to build

March 20, 2015

Residents along Brodie Lane may finally find traffic relief as the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced it is moving forward with construction of State Highway 45 Southwest (SH45 SW) now that an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) has been completed. Access to the new road will be limited to FM 1626, Bliss Spillar Road, Mopac or SH45 west of Mopac.

The four-mile, four-lane toll road from Mopac to FM 1626 has long been touted as a way to channel commuter traffic from Hays County to downtown Austin, which currently takes Brodie Lane or Manchaca to Slaughter Lane to Mopac.

Shady Hollow resident Vikki Goodwin told the Gazette, “I am glad to know the environmental study for SH45 SW has been completed, and TxDOT has determined it will not adversely affect the environment. I am certain this connection to Mopac will help minimize thru traffic on Brodie Lane. More homes are being built off 1626, adding to the number of cars needing to take Brodie Lane to get to Mopac heading north into Austin. SH45 SW will provide an alternate route for many drivers.”

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