North MoPac toll lanes opening delayed until late July

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The MoPac Improvement Project has gone through many delays. Last month, officials said it would be open by mid-July, now they say July 23 at the earliest.

The original deadline to open up the north half of the project from Parmer Lane up to RM 2222 was June 8, then heavy rains hit, causing delays.

Representatives with the project say the contractors are facing up to $20 million in penalties for not having the project complete on time.

All the traffic congestion has given commuters a unique way to share their traffic nightmares.

One man, who wishes to remain anonymous, came up with the twitter handle @EvilMopacATX, it’s a satire feed of all things Austin traffic.

“We’re all at a point now for better or worse where we hear projected dates for the completion of the project and immediately we default to, okay, that’s never going to happen,” the man behind the Twitter handle says.

He explains the twitter account came after a major delay on MoPac a few months back, now he has more than 1,000 followers.

It all began after a major traffic snarl five months ago… one man declared himself “Evil Mopac.”

“I’m just a guy, a MoPac commuter that one day earlier this year kind of had enough,” the man says. “I needed a way to sort of channel my frustrations and do something that might be kind of funny and positive.”

They do expect closures to ramp up after the holiday weekend.

Crews for the MoPac Improvement Project say they understand commuter frustrations. They want to help drivers when the express toll lanes do open up.

Crews are running a contest on their electronic boards with a special code on them. They whoever figures out the secret code will get $25 in TxTag credit. For more information, check out their Facebook Page here.

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