North MoPac toll lanes won’t open on time

MoPac Expressway (KXAN Photo)
MoPac Expressway (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Record rains have fallen across Central Texas, and now construction crews say they need at least two more weeks added to an original June 8 deadline to open the Express Lanes north of RM 2222.

Because crews are behind due to rain delays, they are working extra hard to make sure they get the project done before mid-July, meaning closures will be more important than ever.

Mike Heiligenstein, the Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, says the issue is not only on the contractor side, but also the material supplier. He says the paving material may have gotten wet, ruining materials needed by project contractors to get all paving done in time.

“Roughly 2222 up to Parmer lane, we wanted to get that open by June 8 and it would’ve been open by June 8 I believe if we hadn’t had this weather,” Heiligenstein says.

Now, they’re allowing the contractors an additional two weeks to get the northern portion of the lanes finished.

“We’re as anxious as anybody about doing that because this doesn’t do anybody any good to have this kind of delay whether its weather or not, we just want to get the job done,” he said.

Heiligenstein also addressed some current confusion on the roads, with Express Lane signage up, but no Express Lanes ready to go.

He says crews are looking at possibly covering the signs, but they’re not ruling out keeping them up, saying drivers can begin to get an idea of how the lanes will work.

They have a series of videos up on their website including how the lanes work and what it will be like to drive on the lanes.

Upcoming Closures

For a list of the most up-to-date closures, visit the MoPac Improvement Project website.

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