More road closures planned on Mopac

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by ANDY PIERROTTI / KVUE News and Photojournalist DEREK RASOR

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Posted on December 27, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 28 at 7:30 PM

AUSTIN -- Expect more road closures next week on Mopac as the highway improvement project moves forward. 

Many drivers on Mopac Expressway are seeing double. As part of the improvement project, crews have restriped parts of the highway heading south, but the black paint over the old stripes can still be seen.

Steve Pustelnyk is the spokesperson for the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) in charge of the project.

"We're aware of that, and if we need to take additional action to improve the striping, we're going to do that," said Pustelnyk.

Some drivers, like Yannet Vives, think the restriping makes the lanes narrower.

"Yeah, especially when you're driving near a big truck it just feels kind of crowded," said Vives.

It’s short-term aggravation to fix a long-term problem: congestion on Mopac.

Once complete in late 2015, the highway will include a new express toll lane. It cannot come fast enough, said driver Miranda Fontaine.

"We just don't have enough infrastructure to support all the people who drive in this town," Fontaine said.

Next week, more lane closures will add to the traffic. On Jan. 2 and 3, some northbound lanes on Mopac will close for restrpping from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. between RM 2222 and Steck Avenue.

"Again, that's all weather permitting. If we have temperatures too cold or rain, then we'd have to push that back," said Pustelnyk.

Road closures will take place for the duration of the project. To help drivers navigate, CTRMA created a phone application called the Mopac app. The home page provides upcoming changes on Mopac. It also allows subscribers to sign up for push notifications.

“So, if you have the app on your phone, it will literally pop up and tell you that there is a major lane closure or ramp closure coming up that you need to be aware of,” said Pustelnyk.

Closures:
Jan. 2 to 3: Dual lane closures RM 2222 to Steck Avenue
Jan. 5 to 7: US 183 to southbound Mopac ramp closure

Go here to download the Mopac app.

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