Residents near toll road await traffic impact

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by MORGAN CHESKY / KVUE News and photojournalist MATT OLSEN

kvue.com

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 25 at 7:39 AM

TRAVIS COUNTY -- In a state that's known for thinking bigger, why not add faster. At 85 miles-per-hour, two lanes to a side, the new stretch of State Highway 130 offers the nation's fastest drive.

Just south of its origin at Mustang Ridge is a drive of a different kind. 

"Nobody laughs at anybody," said Duncan Smith. "I hit bad shots just like everybody else."
 
Forget his swing, Duncan Smith's only focus is the spot he put his business. The new toll road, a mere chipshot from Elm Creek Golf Range.

"All the machines are gone," said Duncan. "Hopefully some new people will come this way and stop by and see us."
 
Up the road, Zee Manchaca isn't exactly celebrating. 

"We hope that we're prepared enough," said Manchaca. "We feel like they're throwing us into a ring with no gloves."
 
Her fear, growing too much, too fast. Added traffic combined with occasional F1 race crowds make congestion a concern.

As for the chance to make 130's record commute every day, Smith just laughs.

"Brand new road, but I'm more of a 65 person," Smith said.

A number he'll shoot for, no matter the course.

For those wanting to take a spin on the new toll road the next two weeks are free. After that, a normal car ride from Mustang Ridge to the highway's end in Seguin will run about $6 to $8.

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