The MoPac toll project, already a four-year headache for Central Texas drivers, got about $38 million more expensive on Tuesday.
It is also about to get done. Finally.
Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority officials on Tuesday reached a settlement that will result in contractor CH2M getting a total of $159.9 million for the project. Specifically, the deal gives CH2M $21.5 million to drop claims for up to $100 million in added costs, and up to an additional $17 million for tasks added to the project.
Still, the mobility authority contends that it — and by extension, the public — is still getting a bargain for the 11.2-mile-long makeover of North MoPac Boulevard and the addition of two toll lanes.