‘Courtesy Patrol’ keeps you moving in MoPac construction


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A lot of people cringe when they hear the words rush hour — even worse when they get stuck or stranded in a construction zone during that time. But crews working the MoPac Improvement Project want to keep you moving, and there is some roadside assistance you can take advantage of.

It’s happened to a lot of us: Driving along on your way to work, your car breaks down or you run out of gas. And on the worst days, you get in an accident. To top it all off, you’re in a construction zone!

That’s where the Courtesy Patrol from the MoPac Improvement Project comes in. To help keep the 180,000 cars that drive along Mopac every day flowing smoothly, a courtesy vehicle is patrolling the corridor between Lady Bird Lake and Parmer Lane, providing free roadside assistance. The courtesy patrol acts like the HERO Program that operates along Interstate 35 in Central Texas.

This project has been going for about a year now, and it just hit a milestone with how many cars the program has helped with this Courtesy Patrol: 1,000. Officials say it’s important to get people off the road and keep traffic moving, especially in a work zone like the one on that particular stretch of MoPac.

Roadside assistance will be provided during construction work days from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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