Crews install traffic barriers on Mopac

Southwest Austin commuters could have new road to get to Mopac.
Southwest Austin commuters could have new road to get to Mopac.

AUSTIN (KXAN) - Changes continue to happen along MoPac as crews prep for the Improvement Project that will add an express toll lane.  On Sunday crews started building temporary concrete barriers along the highway on the Southbound lanes between Anderson Ln and 22.

Workers are expected to complete them by Thursday.  This comes after crews re-stripped the road between Hwy. 183 and 2222 in December.

The new lines shaved the lanes from 12-feet to 11-feet.

This is helping pave the way for construction for tolled express lanes.  The project is expected to finish in 2015, but for the next year there will be a lot of construction on one of the busiest roadways.

Crews will work at night between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. to avoid rush hour, but regardless of the time, people will have to slow down because of the smaller lanes, barriers and speed limit.

The first week of January the speed limit changed from 65 mph to 55.

The next phase will Start on Jan. 12, when the Southbound ramp of 183 will close for re-stripping.  The area will be between 183 and Steck Avenue.  People wanting to use the southbound MoPac lanes from US. 183 will have to take Northbound MoPac frontage road to the Texas turnaround Loop 360 to get to the southbound lanes.

If the temperature is below 50 degrees, the work will be delayed.

 

rews are planning to close the ramps from US 183 to southbound MoPac on Sunday night January 12th and Monday night January 13th to allow crews to remove existing striping and install new temporary striping in the area between US 183 and Steck Avenue. To accomplish this work the center and right hand lanes of MoPac will also be closed in this area. Drivers wishing to access southbound MoPac from US 183 will be rerouted to the northbound MoPac frontage road where they will use the Texas turnaround at Loop 360 (Capital of Texas Highway) to get to the southbound MoPac frontage road where they will then be able to reenter MoPac southbound. This work is dependent on dry conditions and temperatures above 50 degrees. If weather is unacceptable this work may be shifted to later in the week. – See more at: http://www.mopacexpress.com/construction/whats-new.php#sthash.LLM3r8go.dpuf
rews are planning to close the ramps from US 183 to southbound MoPac on Sunday night January 12th and Monday night January 13th to allow crews to remove existing striping and install new temporary striping in the area between US 183 and Steck Avenue. To accomplish this work the center and right hand lanes of MoPac will also be closed in this area. Drivers wishing to access southbound MoPac from US 183 will be rerouted to the northbound MoPac frontage road where they will use the Texas turnaround at Loop 360 (Capital of Texas Highway) to get to the southbound MoPac frontage road where they will then be able to reenter MoPac southbound. This work is dependent on dry conditions and temperatures above 50 degrees. If weather is unacceptable this work may be shifted to later in the week. – See more at: http://www.mopacexpress.com/construction/whats-new.php#sthash.LLM3r8go.dpuf

 

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