Work has begun to apply an improved type of surface to MoPac/Loop 1 between Lake Austin and RM 2222. TxDOT crews will apply what is known as a Permeable Friction Course (PFC) that has a number of advantages over standard asphalt concrete pavement surfaces, including reduced risk of hydroplaning, significantly reduced splash and spray during rain events, improved ride quality and the visibility of pavement markings, and LESS NOISE THAN MOST OTHER OPTIONS. If this is the same surface as used on Loop 360, it will be significantly quieter.
Crews will work Monday through Thursday nights the week of June 20, and Sunday through Thursday nights thereafter. TxDOT says the night work, which will be done between 9:00 PM and 5:00 AM, is necessary to avoid interfering with heavier daytime traffic on Loop 1. The $3.5-million project is scheduled to be completed in late September. Motorists are reminded that work zone traffic fines are doubled when crews are present.
Early July Update: Some good progress was made this week , but the rain has slowed things down. TxDOT is still working on the concrete removal on the northbound lanes and needs a few more nights to finish. The plan at this time is to start hot mix operations next week on the southbound side. This work should take most of July to complete and then we will work on the northbound side.