AUSTIN (KXAN) — The people behind the MoPac Improvement Project says the new toll lane that opened in mid-October is helping move some people faster.
A spokesperson for the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority says in general, about 3,000 drivers are using the northbound toll lane between Ranch to Market 2222 to Parmer Lane every weekday. During normal peak hours from about 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. the agency is processing about 800 vehicles per hour.
Due to a crash on the northbound lanes of North MoPac Tuesday afternoon, drivers turned to the toll lane. More than 1,000 vehicles were processed during a two-hour period bringing the total for the day to 4,500 vehicles—the highest since the lane opened. During that time, the toll reached $0.75.
In order to make sure the lane remains consistently free of backup, workers monitor the lanes in real time at the Traffic Management Center determining how the toll rate needs to be adjusted.
Currently, the southbound toll section between Parmer Lane and RM 2222 should be done by the end of the year, but will not be opened until the entire southbound lane is complete down to Cesar Chavez Street, which should be in early 2017.