The MoPac Improvement Project is being designed and built by CH2M HILL under a contract with the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. The contract was signed in Spring 2013 and the express lanes are expected to open in phases between 2016 and 2017.
To help expedite construction and reduce project delays due to weather, the Mobility Authority has been working with the project contractor to expand the times at which lane closures are allowed. The Mobility Authority has also been permitting the construction contractor to temporarily close some cross streets and/or ramps. Some of these closures may occur during daytime hours. Whenever possible the project team will try to minimize travel delays, but at times delays may be unavoidable.
To help keep traffic moving during construction, a courtesy vehicle will be patrolling along the MoPac corridor (between Cesar Chavez Street and Parmer Lane) providing free roadside assistance.
Special restrictions are also being placed on the Contractor to minimize impacts to nearby neighborhoods while night work is ongoing. For example, special “white noise” or “broadband” backup alarms are required on all construction vehicles. None the less, nearby residents should be prepared for construction-related disruptions, including increased noise, light pollution, and dust.
The Design/Build Contractor will also be required to place protective barriers around trees that don't have to be removed for construction. Hundreds of additional trees will be planted as part of the project.