AUSTIN -- As soon as the weather warms to 50 degrees, crews will start striping lanes on MoPac Expressway in preparation of construction. They need the weather for the paint to stick, and they are hoping to begin Sunday night.
While work has been pushed back, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority said the project is not behind schedule.
Orange signs warn of construction on MoPac. Some drivers say, "Bring it on."
"I think it would be worth it. I think it will move things faster. Going on MoPac is pretty aggravating," said driver Diana Poe.
"It is going to be interesting to see if they do finish in time and on schedule, and see if it actually does alleviate some of the pressure that everybody feels every single day," said driver Chad Tucker.
Crews also started to stockpile supplies in storage areas along the corridor to ultimately build 11 miles of express toll lanes in each direction.
"A lot of work is underway, [even if it's] not obvious to drivers," said spokesman Steve Pustelnyk.
He said that once full-blown construction is underway, it will be difficult for drivers from time to time.
Pustelnyk has even taken on another persona to help make road construction entertaining. Meet MoPac Man.
He has a blog, though no actual tights or cape -- yet.
MoPac Man even got a handwritten letter from a youngster asking, "When will the road be ready?"
"The expected finish is in the fall of 2015 at this point. So, a little less than two years," said MoPac Man.
In a community outreach effort, the authority recently mailed about 75,000 post cards to homes along the corridor with a 24/7 Hotline: 512-270-5000. You can call with any questions or concerns. Sometimes, MoPac man himself answers.