After three years, millions of dollars and a tongue-in-cheek Twitter account later, the construction on MoPac is finally complete—or so the Texas Department of Transportation says.
TxDot held a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony today to celebrate the completion of MoPac expressway's intersection project. The project, which started in January 2018, was completed this month, before the expected "early 2021" deadline. It cost a total of $53.5 million.
The project included construction of underpasses at La Crosse Avenue and Slaughter Lane; extending MoPac main lanes below the street level, a diverging diamond intersection at Slaughter Lane; and adding a shared-use lane for bikes and pedestrians.
Although the city is calling the project complete, one Twitter account, in particular, is not so certain.
Evil MoPac, a faceless active Twitter user showed photos of an expressway that fails to look free of construction with traffic barrels, construction workers and tractors.
"Rush hour is officially complete" https://t.co/ziqMrEVa8U— Evil MoPac (@Evil MoPac)1608138809.0
The account provided a list of issues yet to be fixed.
I'm happy to report that the MoPac Intersections Project is NOT complete 1. Still barrels up 2. Still "workers" pr… https://t.co/sDYchU2EuY— Evil MoPac (@Evil MoPac)1608133017.0
While the construction is coming to an end, fear not, it's only a matter of time until I-35 is due for a makeover.
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