As if the San Jose State Spartans weren’t enough, Tom Herman and his Longhorn football team now must also take on MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) this weekend.
A lane on each side of North MoPac, through different stretches of the toll lane construction project, will be closed from Friday evening to early Monday, along with the southbound entrance ramp at RM 2222 and the southbound exit ramp at West 45th Street. The closures are needed so crews can repave those areas.
That will leave just two of the three primary lanes on each side available during the period when Longhorn fans are going to and from the game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
“We’d like to get this particularly significant element out of the way” in a single weekend, rather than over five or six nights, said Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority spokesman Steve Pustelnyk. “If people are going to the game, they might want to plan for a different route or account for delay.”
Additionally, the middle southbound lane will be closed overnight this weekend from RM 2222 to West 45th, leaving a single lane available in that direction from dusk to dawn. Those closures will run from 8 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday; and from 7 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday.
On the northbound side, the left lane nearest the median will be closed all weekend as well from Enfield Road to RM 2222. There will be at least two lanes open for drivers on that side, including overnights.
The closures will allow long periods of time for crews to lay multiple layers of asphalt on the southbound side and on the northbound side to put on a final layer of specialized asphalt to the left, inside area where the toll lane will be. The mobility authority hopes to have the northbound toll lane open from West Cesar Chavez to Far West Boulevard by early October. The northbound toll lane is already open between Far West and Parmer Lane.
The southbound side is further behind, with considerable paving and other work left to do. Pustelnyk this week told the mobility authority board that an early November opening is the target now for the entire southbound toll lane from Parmer to West Cesar Chavez.
This is the third of what might be four or even five all-weekend lanes closures on North MoPac as the mobility authority and its contractors rush to wrap up paving on the long-delayed project before nighttime temperatures turn too chilly for proper curing of the asphalt.