MoPac toll lanes still slated to open by fall 2015

Mopac Improvement Project
Work continues on the MoPac Improvement Project. (Amanda Dugan/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The MoPac Improvement Project is officially more than a third of the way complete, but crews still have a lot of work left.

The project started late last year and will add 11 miles of toll lanes along MoPac between Parmer Lane to Cesar Chavez Street.

Construction crews this week are working to widen bridges at Enfield Road, Farm-to-Market 2222 , 45th Street, plus a few other streets. They will also be working on soil removal and drainage installation.

One aspect of the project that has been delayed is construction of sound walls along the stretch. However, the toll lanes are still expected to be open by fall 2015, with some finishing touches, such as landscaping, wrapping up in 2016.

The project is also being completed with green initiatives in mind.

“Just about everything we pull off the project can be reused in some way, shape or form,” said Steve Pustelnyk, community relations director for the project. “The wood is being turned into mulch and ground up for use onsite, or others are using it. Concrete can be recycled, asphalt can be recycled…a lot of recycling of the materials that we’re pulling out of the project.”

Crews work during overnight hours and sometimes close lanes to complete parts of the project.

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