Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters joined state and local leaders Wednesday to celebrate the opening of State Highway 130 Segments 5 and 6, weeks ahead of schedule.
The new roadway spans approximately 41 miles from Mustang Ridge to I-10 in Seguin, and was also designated as the Pickle Parkway by the Texas Legislature in 2007 in honor of Congressman J.J. “Jake” Pickle. With this new road, motorists can travel 90 miles of toll road and bypass I-35 congestion between Seguin and Georgetown for about $12.
“SH 130 is an outstanding highway and a great example of how transportation solutions can be realized when government and the private sector work together on behalf of all Texans,” said Ted Houghton, chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission. “Commuters and business people traveling through Central Texas no longer have to deal with congestion and best of all; taxpayers did not get the bill.”
The pubic-private partnership (PPP) toll road project was financed, designed and built by the SH 130 Concession Company, LLC, an independent company formed by Cintra US and Zachry American Infrastructure. SH 130 Concession Company will also operate and maintain the roadway for 50 years at no cost to the state.
“Transportation is essential for states to stay economically vital,” said Peters, who also serves on the SH130 Concession Company Board of Directors. “SH 130 demonstrates Texas leaders’ commitment to economic development.”