Major water line move stalls MoPac Improvement Project

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

AUSTIN (KXAN) — There’s some bad news for MoPac drivers out there: A snag with city utilities will delay a project even further. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, which oversees the MoPac Improvement Project, says it is having to wait on the city to finish preparation work for a major water line move. The 42-inch line in question runs under MoPac, just north of 35th Street.

Austin Water says it is almost done with the design to move the water line, but it will be the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority’s job is to physically move the line.

The city must also negotiate easements with Camp Mabry and a senior living facility before shutting down the main for a couple weeks to install new pipes. The Mobility Authority wanted all the work done well before its contractor deadline to open the toll lanes on Sept. 17, but the city doesn’t want to move the line before October — when peak water use eases a bit.

“In projects like this, there’s always constant and consistent communication between the stakeholders and all the different organizations involved,” said Jason Hill with Austin Water. “We plan on continuing to play our part in the process. To make sure that the part that we’re playing is effectuated in the best way possible not only for us but also for our Austin Water customers.”

The issues regarding the water line may push completion back to the end of the year.

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