AUSTIN (KXAN) – Thousands of drivers got caught up in a traffic jam on MoPac Monday afternoon and a lot of people asked us what was causing the delay.
An investigator from the Travis County District Attorney’s office told us Tuesday that they closed the road to reconstruct a crash from 2012 that left a man paralyzed.
We sent KXAN First Warning Traffic Reporter Amanda Dugan to find out about the “protocol” for closing roads for investigators.
As it turns out, the closure was never supposed to happen when it did. The D.A.’s investigator tells KXAN News the plan was to close one lane of MoPac near Barton Springs Road right after the morning rush hour. But, the reconstruction got pushed back to midday and lasted for nearly three hours and caused major headaches for drivers.
A spokesperson for TxDOT says they found out last week about the D.A.’s plans to close the lanes on MoPac. They put a notice on their website. TxDOT, however, has no authority over these sorts of closures; Law enforcement can close lanes for accident recreations like Monday’s as they see fit. All TxDOT can do is tell the agencies which times would be best to close the roadways.
Recreations typically take place soon after accidents happen. Investigations dating back two years are extremely rare.