AUSTIN (KXAN) — After a year of delays and some obstacles – including a cave – McNeil Drive will finally see some traffic relief this weekend.
The project on McNeil Road in Northwest Austin started in April 2014 with the installation of a new water line. In September, a machine used by crews working underneath Parmer Lane broke, setting back construction six weeks. Damage to the machine was so bad that it had to be rebuilt.
After work resumed, crews hit another snag after they discovered caves in the area. The road work has significantly impacted traffic to and from McNeil High School and the YMCA.
Joseph Cavitt travels on McNeil Road daily and says that any relief will be welcomed.
“I’m sure all the residents around here would feel a lot better just having the ability to get from one place to another, without being stuck or parked on McNeil Road,” says Cavitt.
On Monday, two westbound lanes will be open to traffic from Parmer Lane to the east end of the project, including Howard Lane.
There will still be some construction crews on McNeil Road from the school to Parmer Lane as they lay down the final touches of asphalt and are constructing curbs. There will also still be some traffic controls in place west of Parmer Lane will be there for one more week as crews pressure test the bolted water line connections.
On May 6, students from Brentwood Elementary will be able to celebrate National Bike to School Day by using the new cycle tracks in the area.