Overnight construction forces detour near downtown Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — If your commute takes you on MoPac and into downtown, get ready for a detour. The ramp from westbound 6th street as you leave downtown to the northbound lanes of MoPac are closed for bridge construction. The closures are part of the Mopac Improvement Project.

The work will take place only during the overnight hours from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. over the course of two weeks starting Sunday, Jan. 11 through Thursday, Jan. 15 and again on Sunday, Jan. 18 through Thursday, Jan. 22.

TxDOT says this is all part of some pre-work that it’s doing to prepare the bridge so that the Mopac Improvement team can come in and make renovations to it. TxDOT spokesperson, Kelli Reyna said “We do have nightly closures for a majority of our state highways and that’s just so we can avoid some of the high rush hour. We’re purposely making sure we’re not closing it on Friday or Saturday nights because we know Austin High School might have football or other extracurricular activities.”

A detour is in place for drivers. Those wanting to head north on Mopac will turn left from 6th street onto Lake Austin Boulevard and make an immediate left onto Atlanta Street. They will then go onto southbound Mopac and exit RM 2244, where they can make a free-flowing U-turn and access the northbound Mopac ramp.

Road signs have been placed in the area alerting drivers of the closure. TxDOT recommends drivers take your time and be aware of crews working in the area as you travel through the work zone.

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