Crews will break ground on the SH 45SW project this week, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority said Monday.

When finished, the 3.6-mile toll road will connect the south end of MoPac to FM 1626 in Hays County. The project’s $109 million in funding was provided from Hays County, Travis County, a loan and Texas Department of Transportation grant.

“Central Texas' natural beauty is one reason so many people relocate here, and this is one of the most sensitive environmental areas in the region.” Mobility Authority Executive Director Mike Heiligenstein said in a release. “This project was developed with a delicate balance in mind—meeting the population’s need for new infrastructure, while still taking appropriate measures to protect our environment. I’m proud of the thoughtful planning and coordination that went into making this project a truly collaborative approach to sustainable environmentally-sensitive design.”

The road will go over a sensitive environmental area of over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, and injunction requests were filed to prevent its construction. Those requests were denied in October and on Nov. 4.

Construction is expected to be complete in 2019.

GO HERE for more information about SH 45SW.

GO HERE for details about water quality commitments on the project.