DALLAS - A heavily traveled turnpike north of Austin will become the first part of a tollway system under a finance plan approved by regional planners.

With passage Monday by the Capitol Area Metropolitan Planning Authority, the plan will allow revenues from the 183-A tollway opened in 2007 to back debt for a $624 million project known as U.S. 290 East, or the Manor Freeway. The two highways will be linked by a 4.5-mile, $101 million extension of 183-A that is expected to be under construction next year.

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