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Residents near MoPac brace for traffic amid closures

MoPac will be more of a headache than it normally is this weekend as the southbound highway will be reduced down to one lane. (CBS Austin)

MoPac will be more of a headache than it normally is this weekend as the southbound highway will be reduced down to one lane.

The center and left lane from 2222 to Enfiled Road headed south will be closed starting Friday at 10 p.m. The highway is scheduled to reopen Monday at 5 a.m. Crews are working to repave that portion of the road.

Drivers headed south are encouraged to take alternative routes. If you plan on using GPS like Waze or Google Maps, some routes slated on the apps take drivers through neighborhoods west of MoPac.

“It’s like the feeder road for MoPac. It’s going to double,” said Lynn Remadna.

Remadna’s family has lived off Balcones for over 60 years. As she’s seen the city grow, she’s also seen MoPac get louder.

“It’s part of being an Austinite, we just say hi to all the California people,” she said.

Residents who live near Balcones and Exposition expect the two streets to be used as the main alternative routes to avoid MoPac traffic congestion.

“I think it’s going to be pretty slow, pretty crowded and taking a lot of time going north or south on Exposition,” said Carson Fisk of Tarry Town.

Almost every resident who we spoke with on Friday about the MoPac closure expressed their disappointment that the project has taken so long to complete. At one point, officials with the project gave a 2015 completion date.

In July, The MoPac Project told CBS Austin a north portion of the highway from Cesar Chavez to 2222 is expected to be completed by late September, early October.


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