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Written by Terri Hall   
Friday, 17 July 2009
Link to article here.

Laughing out loud...the SH 130 toll road is SO EMPTY during rush hour traffic that a plane can land on it, sit there all day while it gets repaired and take off later that evening! Something is seriously wrong when we're building billions of dollars of toll roads scarcely a soul can afford to drive. SH 130 was supposed to take the trucks off I-35. I still sit bumper to bumper with nothing but trucks the whole way from San Antonio to Austin on I-35. What a flop! Enough of the multi-billion-dollar grand experiments...toll roads don't solve congestion!

Plane takes off after emergency landing on toll road near Hutto
CBS 42 Reporter: Stephanie Serna
June 30, 2009
A small plane landed successfully on SH 130.  (Josh Beebe)
A small plane landed successfully on SH 130. (Josh Beebe)
Late Tuesday afternoon a plane took off from the SH 130 toll road near Hutto where it had to make an emergency landing in the morning.

It landed just south of Highway 79 around 8:30 a.m.

The pilot, 24-year-old Lindsey Moreland, told investigators she took off from an airstrip at Austin-Bergstrom Airport and was headed to Georgetown when she had engine trouble.

The toll road was closed while crews moved the single engine Cessna to the shoulder of the southbound lane.

At 4:30 p.m. the highway was shut down again so the plane's owner could take off and fly to Temple.

The landing damaged a couple of road signs that will cost about $1,000 to repair. But TxDOT says her insurance will pay for it.

 
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