AUSTIN (KXAN) — If you take MoPac out of downtown toward Cedar Park and Leander during rush hour, you’re probably used to seeing signs every day warning you about construction.
At 45th Street, the far right lane has been closed since November, slowing you down even more.
Crews have been working to put up a sound wall from 45th Street to in front of Westminster, which is a retirement community.
There is some good news, however. At least from downtown to Parmer Lane, relief is coming.
“We have very few lane closures right now, and as the month of January goes on you’ll see fewer and fewer lane closures,” said Steve Pustelnyk, Director of Community Relations at the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority.
He said by late March or April, “All work on the project should be completed, and we should be operating the lanes.”
The CTRMA is working to complete a handful of improvements as part of the MoPac Enhancement Project. It includes the sound wall at 45th Street, as well as a different sound wall near 2222 and a bike path near Highway 183.
“The enhancement projects were critical,” Pustelnyk explained. “Some of those were required to be completed by our environmental process. Other elements were things that the community really wanted and were important to them.”
He said, “From the traveling public standpoint, the inconvenience of construction should be wrapping up shortly.”
For people who live close to MoPac, seeing the highway be complete has been a long time coming.
Dewayne Naumann lives near MoPac. When it first opened, he said, “For you and I to have a normal conversation right now, you and I would be yelling at each other over the noise, especially during rush hour.”
Naumann and his neighbors asked the CTRMA to put up a wall.
“We would have big trucks in our front yard,” he said. “We would have equipment in our front yard. And people in our front yard, almost 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a long time.”
The wall is up now, and the noise has been reduced significantly. But as someone who also drives on MoPac every day, Naumann said, “It’s always a good feeling to know that it’s finally done.”