Location: Travis County, TX
The Manor Expressway Toll Road Phase II construction project expanded a 6.2-mile section of US 290 from a four lane arterial to a 12 lane expressway in eastern Travis County. The project was undertaken to relieve congestion along that section of US 290E as well as to provide a connection between two major highways in the area, US 183 and SH 130. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority selected Central Texas Mobility Constructors (CTMC) Joint Venture to design and build the project. CTMC designed an innovative solution to minimize area traffic congestion while protecting the integrity of the surrounding communities and environment and stimulating local economic development. The Manor Expressway is a uniting symbol of the local community with its steadfast focus on sustainability and the inclusion of local contractors, consultants, vendors, and suppliers throughout the entire construction process. The new six-lane expressway is a grade-separated, all-electronic toll road with three main lanes in each direction. The expressway is located between two newly constructed frontage roads, which continue to provide non-toll access to commercial and residential properties. New westbound main lanes and frontage roads were constructed in the footprint of the existing roadbed, and resulted in shifting the expanded corridor to the south. The project scope of work included the design of 32 bridges, drainage systems, and preparation of permit applications. Within weeks of the project’s grand opening, average weekday transactions soared to nearly 47,000, although the roadway was not projected to hit 41,000 transactions until 2015. This dramatic success raised the Mobility Authority’s overall average weekday transactions system-wide to 170,000 – nearly double the amount from August 2012.