AUSTIN – Work begins Monday night to apply an improved type of surface to Loop 1 between Lake Austin and RM 2222. Crews will apply what is known as a Permeable Friction Course (PFC) that has a number of advantages over standard asphalt concrete pavement surfaces. According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), PFC surfaces reduce the risk of hydroplaning, significantly reduce splash and spray during rain events, improve ride quality and the visibility of pavement markings and are quieter than most other options. 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. 

This is a link to a  PFC Permeable/Porous Friction Course presentation by TxDOT.

Kay Newell