AUSTIN - More than 18 months after it was originally set to be completed, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is now saying that the full MoPac toll lane project will be completed in the first half of 2017.
The completion target comes after the first part of the toll lane project opened to drivers a little more than a week and a half ago. According to the CTRMA, the portion of the toll lane that has opened is seeing about 800 to 900 cars use it per hour during the evening rush hour and 2,700 each week day.
The highest the toll has reached, according to the CTRMA, was $0.53 last Thursday and it only stayed at the rate for about 30 minutes.
Ben Wear, reporter for KVUE news partner the Austin American-Statesman, reported that in the first week of the freshly opened MoPac, more than 13,700 cars went through the toll lane. The CTRMA also told Wear that it has eliminated the free lane backup northbound near Braker and Duval.
Overall, as of October 26, the MoPac project is 77 percent complete.
The CTRMA also approved a toll rate increase on 183-A and 290 Toll of one to two cents at each toll gantry. The increase will start on January 1, 2017.