Texas 45 South, or at least the prospect of it providing easy access to land over the Barton Springs aquifer, for years has been something of a red cape for some of Austin’s environmentalist bulls.
For another faction, defined roughly as people who just want to make it easier to get around, the notional highway just south of Austin would be a good thing. Build it without traffic lights, along with the equally controversial Texas 45 Southwest, and Austin would fill a gap between Interstate 35 and MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1), finally getting that elusive expressway loop that road fans say the city needs.
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