A free roadside assistance program for stranded motorists along US 183 and I-35 that helps keeps traffic moving.
Watch our HEROs in action in this ride along with patrol driver Will Mackin
The Mobility Authority is committed to keeping Central Texas moving. And we achieve that by doing far more than building roads—we optimize the use of our current infrastructure where the need is greatest, even when they are not Mobility Authority-owned roads. By allocating resources effectively, we are able to improve mobility on roadways adjacent to the HERO-patrolled roadways as well, keeping the flow of traffic moving smoothly.
In partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), we operate the Highway Emergency Response Operator (HERO) Program. This free roadside assistance service provides aid to stranded motorists, minimizes traffic delays, and improves highway safety along a 55-mile section of I-35 from the City of Kyle (Yarrington Road) to the City of Georgetown (SH 130 North) and a 12-mile stretch of US 183 between I-35 and Lakeline Boulevard from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. Just dial (512) 974-HERO.
"The gas station was so close, but yet it was so far. And then, out of nowhere, comes the HERO Program to save the day! He gave us gas for free... It was awesome!"
Our HEROs patrol I-35 and US 183 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and services are free to the traveling public. Just dial (512) 974-HERO. Services include:
- Providing traffic control and assistance to other emergency response personnel during emergency incidents
- Clearing damaged and disabled vehicles from roadway lanes and shoulders
- Removing debris from travel lanes and shoulders
- Providing free assistance to motorists, including:
- Changing at tires
- Giving air to low tires
- Adding gasoline and water
- Jump starting batteries
- Performing minor vehicle repairs
- Relocating disabled vehicles to safety
- Calling towing or emergency services
- Transporting stranded motorists to a safe location
- Providing cell phone service
- Providing drinking water to stranded motorists
For a fact sheet on the HERO program, click here.
"I was in Austin helping my daughter while her husband was away for military training. When I got a flat tire on I-35 it was upsetting because I was in an unfamiliar place driving my daughter's car. I was having trouble getting through to AAA when Clarence D. Drove up and offered to change my tire. What a blessing he was to me. Thank you HERO Patrol!!"
Austin American-Statesman Article
To keep pace with the needs of our growing region, the HERO program is slated to expand its service area even further to cover a total of 182 miles on seven Central Texas highways. The first of the two-phase expansion will include additional coverage on US 183 from US 290 to SH 45, and additional coverage on I-35 through San Marcos and Jarrell. The second phase will cover stretches of SH 71, US 290, MoPac, and the 183A and 290 Toll Roads.