mopac improvement project http://kut.org en Austin City Council Votes to Lower Occupancy Limits http://kut.org/post/austin-city-council-votes-lower-occupancy-limits <p class="p1">The Austin City Council had a long day at the dais yesterday, with a meeting that sputtered along for the better part of 15 hours.</p><p class="p1">"Stealth dorms," fee waivers, economic incentives, an officer-involved shooting, the MoPac sound wall and&nbsp; even a proclamation for KUT's own Cactus Cafe.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">With that in mind, here's a rundown of the council action, and inaction, from yesterday.</p><p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 16:13:14 +0000 KUT Staff 9784 at http://kut.org Austin City Council Votes to Lower Occupancy Limits Construction Crews to 'Light and Stripe' MoPac From Parmer to Cesar Chavez http://kut.org/post/construction-crews-light-and-stripe-mopac-parmer-cesar-chavez <h2 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; padding: 0px; outline: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp;</h2><p>Construction crews will install temporary highway lighting along&nbsp;MoPac&nbsp;tonight, and will&nbsp;also remove existing light poles that in the way of the construction of the forthcoming&nbsp;MoPac&nbsp;express lanes.&nbsp;A full map of construction is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mopacexpress.com/construction/whats-new.php">available online</a>.</p><p>The project will add&nbsp;North and Southbound express lanes between&nbsp;Parmer&nbsp;Lane and Cesar Chavez. &nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:37:04 +0000 Andrew Weber 9376 at http://kut.org Construction Crews to 'Light and Stripe' MoPac From Parmer to Cesar Chavez Weather Postpones New MoPac Construction (Update) http://kut.org/post/weather-postpones-new-mopac-construction-update <p><strong>Update</strong>: Austin's latest surge of winter weather means postponement of lane&nbsp;restriping work on MoPac.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While lane closures continue, lane restriping&nbsp; probably won't begin until after Friday's expected rains, and possible freezing precipitation on Saturday. See the tweet below:</span></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Various lane closures tonight for construction sign installation. Restriping work delayed. Weather may push work to next week. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23atxtraffic&amp;src=hash">#atxtraffic</a></p>— MoPac Project (@ImproveMopac) <a href="https://twitter.com/ImproveMopac/statuses/408278044646711296">December 4, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Original story</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (Dec. 9): Construction work on </span>MoPac<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is about to get underway. Overnight lane closures begin tonight as crews install construction signs in preparation for&nbsp;</span>restriping<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> portions of the road.</span></p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:05:19 +0000 Matthew Alvarez 9296 at http://kut.org Weather Postpones New MoPac Construction (Update) In Austin, Toll Lanes May Give Bus Service a Boost http://kut.org/post/austin-toll-lanes-may-give-bus-service-boost <p class="p1">In 2015, an 11-mile stretch of Austin’s MoPac Boulevard will expand to eight lanes from six. The two new lanes will be tolled, giving drivers the chance to pay a premium to avoid the road’s frequent congestion.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">While the toll lanes will help ease traffic on the free lanes, neither the Texas Department of Transportation nor any of the local entities involved in the $200 million project are predicting it will transform MoPac into a free-flowing thoroughfare. With robust population growth projected for the region, MoPac traffic is expected to continue periodically slowing to a crawl for decades. When it does, local officials are optimistic that frustrated commuters will notice that it is not only personal vehicles zipping past them on the toll lanes.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 19:30:00 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 9288 at http://kut.org In Austin, Toll Lanes May Give Bus Service a Boost Travis County Commissioners Support Long-Delayed SH 45 SW http://kut.org/post/travis-county-commissioners-support-long-delayed-sh-45-sw <p>Travis County Commissioners have <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;ved=0CCsQFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.co.travis.tx.us%2Fcommissioners_court%2Fagendas%2F2013%2F10%2Fbackup%2Fitem_backup_20131022%2Fvs20131022_item_03.pdf&amp;ei=PG1mUpuAAYn32wWLrIGIDw&amp;usg=AFQjCNECMjRUHYsVlL4LgAHeOe7xh9o5zA&amp;bvm=bv.55123115,d.b2I">approved a resolution</a>&nbsp;by a vote of 4-to-0 supporting the construction of State Highway 45 Southwest. &nbsp;Commissioner Gerald Daugherty pushed for the resolution, after&nbsp;<a href="http://archive.kut.org/2012/11/candidates-battle-over-transportation/">campaigning on getting the roadway built</a>. He says population growth and traffic congestion demands action. And he believes the road could be built while protecting natural resources, despite a pending <a href="http://www.sh45sw.com/about/">environmental review from TxDOT</a> and push-back from environmentalists and stakeholders in the area.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:48:05 +0000 Ryan Groves & Laura Rice 8990 at http://kut.org Travis County Commissioners Support Long-Delayed SH 45 SW Learn More About Plan to Bury MoPac's Downtown Exit Ramps http://kut.org/post/learn-more-about-plan-bury-mopacs-downtown-exit-ramps <p>There are few things most drivers despise more than sitting in traffic.&nbsp; Add the sweltering heat of a Texas summer day, and you’ve introduced even more suffering.</p><p>That’s bad news for Austin, a city that was ranked fourth-worst nationally for traffic in 2013.&nbsp; A good deal of this infamous congestion is born along MoPac.&nbsp; Designed in 1961 to meet the needs of less than a quarter of a million people, MoPac has been under strain since the beginning of Austin’s demographic boom.&nbsp; Today, the design is simply incapable of meeting the needs of the city’s burgeoning population.</p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:33:56 +0000 Phoebe Flanigan 8615 at http://kut.org Learn More About Plan to Bury MoPac's Downtown Exit Ramps Work Begins on MoPac Toll Lane Expansion http://kut.org/post/work-begins-mopac-toll-lane-expansion <p>Overnight lane closures on MoPac between Lady Bird Lake and Parmer Lane have begun. They'll last from now until the end of July as roadway designers begin a plan to add toll lanes.</p><p>The<a href="http://www.mopacexpress.com/"> MoPac Improvement Project</a> will expand the highway by adding one express lane in each direction.</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 23:15:09 +0000 Austin Feldman 7796 at http://kut.org Work Begins on MoPac Toll Lane Expansion