The Director Of Texas Mobility Talks About Toll Roads And Solutions

Mike Heiligenstein, Executive Director in the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, stayed fifteen minutes for an interview to talk about the always growing demand for infrastructure renovations in the Texas. The meeting was focused on his opinion about the toll roads of Texas and if he thinks they pose a problem to the traffic system of the state. What arrangements would solve these problems was the primary objective of the research.

The interviewers’ first question was about the State Highway 130 road, and how it was not getting any traffic at all. It has already been downgraded by Moody’s twice.

According to Mike Heiligenstein, the case of SH 130 lies within the problems of Interstate 35 requiring more and more attention for the next decades, and the demand is enormous. Some places do not have the right structure to support more lanes or bigger ones, vertically or horizontally.

The expert thinks that increasing the capacity of existing footprints is a better solution than solely moving automobiles to the SH 130 and just dispatch them there. That is the longer-term solution, and it’s the best one to allow for a fluid traffic.

Mike believes that they are one of the many solutions that can help solve traffic problems in the state and shouldn’t be left aside. Toll roads are not a problem because of their financial performance. Rather, they are part of the answer. Because of how they were able to achieve a funding of more than $1 billion for the extension of 183A in Austin, without tax dollars, he seems very optimistic about the future of toll roads in Texas.

The investing community is their biggest partners in moving forward for that matter. The last traffic project offered $300 million; investors oversubscribed by more than ten times over the value. This shows great potential with the relationship between investors and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority.

The Executive Director also discussed how there are possibilities beyond toll roads to try to ease issues like the persistent problem of congestion in Eagle Ford Shale. Implementing a way of using toll-type tags, for example, to charge trucks using county roads. These roads do not have the capacity to withstand their weight, so it’s necessary that an intervention is done, at least through the tags.

Having worked with the Central Mobility Authority since 2003, Mike is one of the most prominent personalities to talk about the traffic problems being experienced in Texas. He has led many toll road operations and has over thirty years of experience as a public official.

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