Delay-ridden MoPac toll lanes opening pushed to August

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North MoPac toll lanes under construction, July 1, 2016_307026

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The North MoPac toll lane contractor is now committing to have the lanes open in August, following repeated delays.

In June, officials with the MoPac Improvement Project said the lanes would be ready by mid-July. 

The original completion date: September 2015.

In December 2015, the company overseeing the project, CH2M, said the lanes would open in summer 2016. The contractor blamed underground cables, a soft work force and harder than expected rock. CH2M was slapped with a default notice from the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA).

KXAN reported on July 1 the project contractors are facing up to $20 million in penalties for not having the project complete on time.

Rain and paving supplier issues are blamed for the most recent delay. “Roughly 2222 up to Parmer lane, we wanted to get that open by June 8 and it would’ve been open by June 8 I believe if we hadn’t had this weather,” Mike Heiligenstein, the Executive Director of CTRMA, said last month.

In October 2015, a portion of the project was put on hold after a small cave was found. Work was stopped for 27 days while it was determined what — possibly including endangered spiders — was inside the cave. No endangered spiders were found. 

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