AUSTIN -- Lane closures through part of downtown Austin are slowing down traffic Wednesday. City crews are working on Lavaca Street between 3rd and 6th Streets until 9 p.m.
The work is paving the way for Capital Metro's new MetroRapid bus service, which is scheduled to launch on Jan. 26. Work started at 9 a.m. and city leaders estimate the construction will have an impact on area drivers throughout the afternoon.
No parking will be allowed in the work zone while crews are on site. In fact meters and signs are covered to discourage parking. All driveways will remain open and flaggers will try and keep traffic moving.
The repaving is needed for the lanes dedicated to the new MetroRapid buses, designed to move more people more quickly, both north and south. The buses will be 60 feet long and will hold 101 passengers. There will be free onboard WiFi and a free app to buy passes on your phone or tablet.
Bus stations will feature electronic digital signs that shows arrival times. CapMetro hopes the buses will run every 10 to 12 minutes during peak hours.