In the Dark: Lights still out along MoPac

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Head down MoPac after dark, and it won’t take you long to notice several of the lights aren’t working.

“I mean to me it just kind of seems counterproductive not to have those things up and running and going well,” said Nicolas Heath who frequently uses the highway.

When KXAN first approached transportation officials in November about the issue, a spokesperson with the MoPac Improvement Project blamed the current construction and said crews were working to fix them. But just how much better is the problem now?

“It’s a very long corridor with lots of circuits,” said spokesman Steve Pustelnyk. “They have been fixing a number of the circuits but they continue to work on all of them.”

A drive along the highway showed several of lights were working, but lights at multiple interchanges were still dark. Officials told KXAN in November that lights are only required to be on at entrance and exit ramps at night during construction.

As for when all of the lights will up and working? “To be honest with you,” Pustelnyk said, “it’s going to be hard to tell because we’ll always have sections out because of construction.” When sensors fail or bulbs burn out, it can be difficult to keep up with the repairs, he added.

If you a notice a light not working you can call the MoPac Improvement Project at 512-270-5000 to report the outage. You can also go online to alert workers about the problem. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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