A federal judge has denied the request for an injunction in the Texas 45SW case, allowing construction to begin on the new toll road.

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority said plaintiffs requested the court issue an injunction to prevent the construction of SH 45SW. That project and one other – MoPac underpasses at Slaughter Lane and La Crosse Avenue – had already received environmental clearance before the February 2016 lawsuit by Save Our Springs Alliance (SOS) and others.

“The claims brought by SOS were previously litigated and decided more than 20 years ago,” said Mike Heiligenstein, Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. “The SH 45SW environmental study followed state and federal regulations as required, and we have created a plan that exceeds all required environmental elements as a reflection of our community values.”

SH 45SW is a 3.6-mile toll road that will connect the south end of MoPac to FM 1626 near the Hays/Travis County line. CTRMA said construction will start in November and is expected to take three years to complete.