How and Where Can I Access the Express Lanes?
For an Express Lane to function safely and effectively in a heavily congested corridor like MoPac, access to and from the Express Lane must be controlled or limited. If access is not restricted, traffic in the Express Lane can slow down or back up as drivers try to weave in and out of the lane.
To control access and separate the Express Lanes from the adjacent regular lanes, a buffer zone with flexible plastic sticks has been constructed. While drivers can only legally enter or exit the Express Lanes at designated locations, emergency vehicles can drive over the flexible sticks and access the lanes to remove disabled vehicles easily anywhere along the 11-mile route. Emergency responders can remove the delineators or direct motorists to drive over them if an incident occurs in the Express Lane and blocks traffic.
During development of the MoPac Improvement Project, the project team conducted traffic studies and developed traffic models to determine the best location for entry and exit points. It was determined there should only be three access points:
- North: near Parmer Lane
- Central: between Far West Boulevard and RM 2222
- South: at Cesar Chavez Street and 5th Street