AUSTIN (KXAN) — The ramps at N. MoPac and U.S. Highway 183 usually tend to close to traffic when there’s heavy rain because large puddles can form and block the road.
For crews working on the MoPac Improvement Project, avoiding flooding is a top priority. When heavy rain is in the forecast, workers make sure drains aren’t blocked. Construction crews also make sure their work areas are graded properly to channel water towards the drains.
Despite all that, flooding can still happen and that’s why TxDOT spokesperson, Mark Cross, says their crews are on standby during severe weather to get roads and highways cleared out in case of emergencies.
“We have to clean the draining structures to make sure they’re clear and that’s what we’ve done recently,” explains Cross. “In recent months, we made sure that the drainage structures on this roadway are clean and clear and ready to go.”
Even with the recent rain, the completion date for the MoPac Improvement Project has not been impacted. A spokesperson for the project tells KXAN News it would take several weeks of daily rain for any major timeline setbacks.