Texas State Highway 130

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State Highway 130 marker

State Highway 130
Route information
Length:130.6 mi[1] (210.2 km)
Existed:1985[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: I-35 / I-410 in San Antonio
  I-10 / I-410 / US 90 in San Antonio
I-10 in Seguin
US 90 in Seguin
US 183 in Lockhart
SH 45 (toll) in Mustang Ridge
US 290 west of Manor
US 79 in Hutto
North end: I-35 in Georgetown
Highway system
SH 128SH 131
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State Highway 130 marker

State Highway 130
Route information
Length:130.6 mi[1] (210.2 km)
Existed:1985[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: I-35 / I-410 in San Antonio
  I-10 / I-410 / US 90 in San Antonio
I-10 in Seguin
US 90 in Seguin
US 183 in Lockhart
SH 45 (toll) in Mustang Ridge
US 290 west of Manor
US 79 in Hutto
North end: I-35 in Georgetown
Highway system
SH 128SH 131

Texas State Highway 130 (SH 130), also known as the Pickle Parkway, is a highway from Interstate 35 in San Antonio along Interstate 410 and Interstate 10 to east of Seguin, then north as tollway from there to Interstate 35 north of Georgetown.[1] SH 130 runs in a 131-mile (211 km) corridor east and south of Austin. The route parallels I-35 and is intended to relieve the Interstate's traffic volume through the San Antonio-Austin corridor by serving as an alternate route.

The highway was developed in response to the tremendous surge in truck traffic on the I-35 corridor brought on by the North American Free Trade Agreement during the late 1990s, especially truck traffic originating from Laredo, where the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reported 150 trucks entering the United States every hour. A proponent of the highway's development, Capital Area Transportation Coalition, said that congestion along the I-35 corridor is costing businesses more than $194 million a year in higher operating costs and lost productivity.

The highway is noted for having the entire route with a speed limit of at least 80 mph (130 km/h). The 41-mile section of the toll road between Mustang Ridge and Seguin has a posted speed limit of 85 mph (137 km/h), the highest posted speed limit in the United States.

Route description[edit]

SH 130 begins co-signed with I-410 at an interchange with I-35 in southwestern San Antonio. Hwy 130 follows 410 until an interchange with I-10/US 90, just east of Downtown San Antonio, following those two highways to Seguin. SH 130 leaves I-10 in eastern Seguin, running north as a tollway. Near Lockhart, the tollway begins an "overlap" with US 183, with US 183 running along the frontage roads. In the small community of Mustang Ridge, US 183 leaves the frontage roads and an overlap with SH 45 begins. The two highways run in a northeast direction passing through rural areas of Travis County. The tollway passes near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport at the interchange with SH 71 and runs in extreme east Austin. The tollway curves around Lake Walter E. Long after the interchange with the Manor Expressway near Manor. In the city of Pflugerville, there's slight development along the route near RM 620. SH 45 leaves the tollway in Pflugerville with SH 130 running through rural areas of Williamson County. SH 130 runs in a slight northwest direction before ending at I-35 in northern Georgetown.


Previous route[edit]

SH 130 was originally designated in far west Texas, between the city of El Paso and SH 54 in El Paso, Hudspeth, and Culberson counties. That route was constructed in 1928.[2] In 1932, the route was co-designated as a portion of US 62.[3] The SH 130 designation was dropped with the general re-description of the state highway system in 1939. Since 1943, the previous route has also been designated as a portion of US 180 along with US 62.[4]

Current route[edit]

SH 130 northbound near Kingsbury, July 2013
SH 130 northbound in Pflugerville, May 2008

In June 2002, Lone Star Infrastructure, a consortium of major highway construction contractors and civil engineering firms, was awarded a Comprehensive Development Agreement by the Texas Department of Transportation to design and build the section from I-35 in Georgetown to US 183 southeast of Austin.[5] The cost of this section was expected to be $1.5 billion, which included the costs of utility relocation, design, construction, and right of way. Right-of-way costs alone were estimated at $389 million.

Groundbreaking for SH 130 took place on October 3, 2003. The first segment of SH 130 to open to the public was from US 290 northbound to US 79 on November 1, 2006. On December 13, the highway was extended northward to a junction with I-35. On September 6, 2007, the route was extended southward from US 290 to SH 71. Segment 4 opened on April 30, 2008, running 8.7-mile (14.0 km) from SH 71 to US 183.[6]

On June 28, 2006, a partnership between Cintra and Zachry American Infrastructure, developers of the Trans-Texas Corridor, reached a $1.3 billion agreement with the state to build segments 5 and 6 from US 183 southeast of Austin to I-10 in Seguin. Cintra-Zachry formed SH 130 Concession Company to manage the project. In exchange for the investment, the company received the right to collect tolls for 50 years in a revenue-sharing agreement with the state. The state owns the road while the company is responsible for financing, design, construction, operation, and maintenance over the life of the agreement.[7] Although substantially a private sector project, some costs for segments 5 and 6 were borne by TxDOT, including about 400 highway signs promoting SH 130 as an alternate route and a subsidized toll rate for truckers to use the highway instead of I-35.[8] In 2013, Moody's downgraded the company's debt to junk status due to low traffic revenues. If the difficulties persist, TxDOT could terminate its toll contract with the group.[8] The company explored debt restructing around December 2013,[9] and was in danger of a payment default in June 2014.[10]

The 2007 session of the Texas Legislature passed HB 2296, designating SH 130 in Williamson, Travis, Caldwell, and Guadalupe counties as the "Pickle Parkway" in honor of former United States Congressman J.J. "Jake" Pickle.[11] Construction began in early 2009 on the final sections of SH 130, from Lockhart through Caldwell and Guadalupe counties to Interstate 10, which opened on October 24, 2012.[12] On the first evening the roadway was open, three cars crashed into packs of wild hogs.[13] US 183 runs parallel to SH 130 from southeast of Austin to Lockhart.

TxDOT announced in September 2011 that the SH 130 designation had been extended westward, along I-10 to I-410, then southward and westward along I-410 to I-35 in southern San Antonio.[14]

Exit list[edit]

BexarSan Antonio53 I-35 / I-410 north / SH 16 north – Laredo, San Antonio, BanderaSouth end of I-410/SH 16 overlap
51 FM 2790 (Somerset Road)
49 SH 16 south / Spur 422 north – Poteet, Palo Alto CollegeNorth end of SH 16 overlap
48Zarzamora Street – Palo Alto College
47University WayNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
46Moursund Boulevard
44 US 281 south / Spur 536 north – PleasantonSouth end of US 281 overlap
43Espada Road – San Antonio Missions National Historic ParkSouthbound exit is via exit 43
42 Spur 122 (Presa Street) / Southton Road
41 I-37 / US 281 north – San Antonio, Corpus ChristiNorth end of US 281 overlap
39 Spur 117 (W.W. White Road)
37Southcross Boulevard/New Sulpher Springs Road, Sinclair Road
35 US 87 (Rigsby Avenue) – Victoria, La Vernia
34 FM 1346 (Houston Street)
I-10 west / I-410 north / US 90 west – San AntonioNorth end of I-410 overlap; south end of I-10/US 90 overlap
582Ackerman Road – Kirby
583Foster Road
585 FM 1516 – Converse
587 Loop 1604 (Anderson Loop) – Randolph AFB
589Graytown Road, Pfield Road
591 FM 1518 – Schertz
 593 FM 2538 (Trainer Hale Road)
Guadalupe 595Zuehl Road
 597Santa Clara Road
 599 FM 465 – Marion
 600Schwab Road
 601 FM 775 – New Berlin, La Vernia
US 90 east to Alt. US 90 – Seguin
North end of US 90 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance
 604 FM 725 – Lake McQueeney
 605 FM 464
Seguin607 SH 46 / FM 78 – New Braunfels, Lake McQueeney
Bus. SH 123 (Austin Street)
610 SH 123 – San Marcos, Stockdale
612 US 90 – Seguin
497 I-10 east – HoustonNorth end of I-10 overlap; southbound exit and northbound entrance
496 US 90 – Seguin, LulingSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
 491 FM 20 – Seguin, Bastrop, Lockhart
 484 FM 621 – San Marcos
Caldwell 482 SH 80 – San Marcos, Luling
Lockhart475Maple StreetNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
474 SH 142 / FM 2001 – Martindale, NiederwaldNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
471 SH 142 / Maple Street – MartindaleSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
470 US 183 south – Lockhart, LulingSouth end of US 183 overlap
 469 FM 1185 / Schuelke RoadNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
 466 FM 1185Southbound exit and northbound entrance
 465Brairpatch Road/Hommanville TrailNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
 464Schuelke RoadSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
Mustang Ridge462 SH 21 – San Marcos, Bastrop
Travis460Old Lockhart Road, Laws RoadSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
458 US 183 north / SH 45 (toll) west to I-35 – Austin, BudaNorth end of US 183 overlap; south end of SH 45 overlap
457Maha LoopSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
455Moore Road
 453 FM 812 – Circuit of the Americas
 451Elroy Road
Austin450Pearce Lane
449 SH 71 / Fallwell Lane – Austin, Bastrop, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
 446Harold Green Road
 444 FM 969
 441 FM 973
Austin439Blue Bluff RoadNo northbound exit
437 US 290 (Manor Expressway) – Austin, Houston
436 FM 734 (Parmer Lane)Southbound exit and northbound entrance
 435Gregg Manor RoadNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
Pflugerville432Cameron Road
431Pecan Street
429Pflugerville ParkwayNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
428B SH 45 (toll) west – Round RockNorth end of SH 45 overlap
428A FM 685 south / Kelly Lane
 426 FM 685 north / Gattis School RoadNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
Williamson 425 FM 685 north / Gattis School RoadSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
Hutto423 US 79 – Round Rock, Taylor
 421County Road 109 (Limmer Loop)Southbound exit and northbound entrance
 419University Boulevard/Chandler Road
Georgetown417County Road 107
415 SH 29 – Georgetown
413 FM 971 – GrangerNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
411 I-35 south – AustinNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
I-35 north / SH 195 north – Waco, FlorenceNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


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  1. ^ a b c Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "State Highway No. 130". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  2. ^ Texas State Highway Department. Official Map of the Highway System of Texas (Map) (1928 ed.). Section M6-7. http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/aris/maps/maplookup.php?mapnum=7990. Retrieved 2012-08-26.
  3. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "U.S. Highway No. 62". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  4. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "U.S. Highway No. 180". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  5. ^ Adapting To A Mega Project Associated Construction Publications June 18, 2007[dead link]
  6. ^ Harris, Tom. "Final leg of SH 130 opens". Texas Cable News.
  7. ^ State reaches $1.3 billion deal to finish toll road Associated Press June 28, 2006.
  8. ^ a b Aman Batheja (October 23, 2013). "Debt Issues Tied to SH 130 Could Impact Toll Projects". Texas Tribune. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  9. ^ Nathan Koppel and Emily Glazer (January 2, 2014). "Fast Texas Toll Road Struggles to Pick Up Drivers". Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Issuer Comment: SH 130 Payment default looms as senior lenders evaluate waiving a part of the June 30th debt service and swap payments to allow time to restructure debt". Moody's. June 18, 2014. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  11. ^ TLO - 80(R) History for HB 2296
  12. ^ Sadeghi, Chris (September 6, 2012). "Part of SH 130 to get 85 mph limit". Austin, TX: KXAN-TV. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  13. ^ DeLong, Katie (Oct 28, 2012). "Wild hogs cause three crashes on first night fastest highway is open". Fox News. 
  14. ^ Texas Transportation Commission, Minute Order 112863 (September 29, 2011).

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