AUSTIN (KXAN) - Traffic on MoPac is about to get a little slower but in the it end will help alleviate drive time in Austin.
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority hired CH2M HILL in February of 2013 to complete the project which will add new lanes on north MoPac from Ladybird Lake to Parmer Lane.
Beginning Sunday lanes along MoPac will be closed from Ladybird Lake to Parmer Lane in 15-minute intervals. Work will begin at 9 p.m. and end at 5 a.m. nightly through July.
In addition to the enhancements, construction on express lanes will begin, though city leaders say there will be no eminent domain requirements for property owners.
The project also has incentives built in for CH2M HILL if the firm completes work on the project earlier than expected, if construction goes past the expected time they will be penalized.
Builders say residents should expect noise as the project is underway but they will try and keep that to a minimum. Constructions crews will also prioritize the construction of sound walls to alleviate the noise early on.
The Mobility Authority and TxDOT say all travel lanes will remain open during daytime hours except in instances related to construction problems.
"Despite these restrictions and a concerted effort to keep traffic moving, drivers should still anticipate slowdowns once construction begins," officials said.
CH2M HILL is in the design stages of the project, expected for completion sometime in late 2015.
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