June 01, 2011
February 15, 2010
Toll Road Safety
It happens all too often on Central Texas toll roads: drivers get out of their cars at toll booths; they speed through toll plazas; they back up when they miss an exit or to select a different lane.
In response, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) launched a radio campaign in the Austin area Monday urging motorists to slow down and exercise caution at toll plazas. Campaign messages remind motorists to keep safety in mind by avoiding abrupt lane changes and staying in their vehicle at toll plazas.
Travelers may be unaware that, instead of a costly ticket, drivers passing through a Central Texas toll plaza without a TxTag account or cash payment will simply receive a bill in the mail. Toll rates for the Pay by Mail payment option are slightly higher than cash rates and are subject to an additional nominal administrative fee, but larger fees are only applied if a driver fails to pay a bill after 45 days. View Full Release.
May 08, 2009
SH 45 Southeast Now Open
State Highway 45 Southeast is now open to traffic. The new 7.4 mile toll road connects the State Highway 130 toll road at its south end to I-35. Drivers can now avoid traffic congestion through central Austin and travel nonstop from Georgetown to Buda on the SH 130/SH 45 toll bypass. State Highway 45 Southeast will be free for all motorists in May and free for TxTag users in June.
The state-of-the-art network of 70-mile-per-hour tollways is part of the Texas Department of Transportation's long-range plan to keep Central Texans moving into the 21st century by reducing traffic congestion, enhancing safety, boosting the local economy and helping to improve air quality.
May 01, 2009
Camino Colombia Now Open
The Camino Colombia toll road (SH 255) begins near the Colombia-Solidarity International Bridge and stretches 22 miles east to I-35 north of Laredo. With a new electronic tolling system, drivers can enjoy non-stop travel along Camino Colombia and avoid congested I-35 and traffic at the Laredo/Mexico border.
Drivers with a TxTag on their windshield will be able to use the Camino Colombia toll road for free the entire month of May. Starting June 1, 2009, you must have a TxTag to use the Camino Colombia toll road. Drivers will no longer be able to pay with cash or a swipe card at a toll booth. All tolls on Camino Colombia will be collected electronically, and only drivers with a prepaid TxTag account will be allowed to use the toll road.
Current swipe card customers may request a refund of their account balance by calling 1-956-712-7790. Swipe card balances cannot be transferred to a TxTag account. Visit http://caminocolombia.org/ for more information.