Client Texas Department of Transportation - Austin

State Highway 71 Toll Lanes Project

Austin, TX

TxDOT selected a team from LAN and McCarthy Building Companies in June 2014 to develop, design, and construct the SH 71 Express Toll Lanes through a design-build agreement. SH 71 is a major thoroughfare for commuters traveling from downtown Austin to the Austin Bergstrom International Airport and for central Texas motorists traveling to Houston. LAN serves as the Lead Engineering Firm for the project, which will provide upgrades to improve mobility in the area and meet future travel demands. This project is the fastest alternative-delivery procurement that TxDOT has ever managed.

The $149 million project, which will be completed in 2016 on an accelerated design and construction schedule, will provide much needed relief to Austin commuters.

LAN serves as the lead designer responsible for environmental compliance, utility coordination and relocation, survey, geotechnical services, design and construction support.

At a glance

Cost of project: $149 million

158% increase in traffic since SH 71's last update in 1990

3.9 mile limited access toll road

16% reduction in travel time as a result


Alternative delivery 

Accelerated design schedule

FM 973 realignment and tie-in transitions to SH 71

City street connectors

Enhanced pedestrian access



Planning & Modeling

Transportation Services


Expected completion date is late 2016

105,000: estimated vehicles per day in 2035