What will become of the Mopac Expressway improvement project that is way behind schedule and continuing to create unbearable traffic tie-ups for thousands of Austin commuters? Some attention was brought to bear in late 2015 when the Central Texas Mobility Authority issued a notice of default to CH2M Inc. — the Denver-area based contractor that failed to complete the project in September as promised. They are now being levied heavy fines because of their failure to finish the project on time.

It could take weeks to figure out a solution and new timeline, and this project drives home the point that Austin can't seem to get its act together when it comes to transportation. Eventually the word will get out to the rest of the world and economic development here will sustain a major hit. As the previous city council used to say "If we don't build the roads, people won't come", which is a bunch of baloney.