The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority began the process of finding a contractor to construct the first phase of the 6.2-mi Manor Expressway project. The first phase will involve constructing four direct-connect flyover ramps between U.S. 183 and the Manor Expressway.

The Manor Expressway will be built in an expanded median of U.S. 290 between US 183 and Parmer Lane in eastern Austin near Manor. Construction is expected to begin in spring. The Manor Expressway project is being funded in part by a $90-million federal stimulus funding grant approved by the Texas Transportation Commission. The entire project is expected to cost in excess of $600 million and will be funded primarily through the sale of tax-exempt toll revenue bonds.

The Mobility Authority is also using a $31.6-million loan from the State Infrastructure Bank to acquire property andmove utilities in preparation for construction of the next phase of the project, a 1.4-mi stretch. That project is slated to begin the construction phase in 2011.

At full build out, the Manor Expressway will triple the current capacity of the U.S. 290 East corridor. The Manor Expressway will offer three nonstop lanes in each direction. The existing U.S. 290 will be widened to three lanes in each direction and will remain non-tolled.

Once completed, the Manor Expressway will link up with other roadways in the region, including U.S. 183 and the recently built SH-130 toll road.