Southern Walnut Creek Trail
This project consists of the design and construction of a new trail on the Walnut Creek Greenbelt. The trail begins at Govalle Park and ends in the vicinity of Johnny Morris Road and Daffan Lane. The trail is approximately 7.3 miles in length and will consist of a 10' wide concrete trail with 2' shoulders. There are several creek crossings and trail heads on the trail.
- The project continues on schedule.
- Trail segments have been constructed from Jain Lane to Delwau and from Delwau to the YMCA. From the YMCA to Loyola and from the Austin Tennis Center back to the main trail location.
- The public may now use the portions of the trail from Jain Lane to the YMCA however care must be taken when using the trail as the contractor may periodically be working to address final punch list items.
Work in progress
- The contractor is installing parking at the Austin Tennis Center.
- The contractor is installing signs along the trail.
This project is scheduled for completion in summer 2014. The City will notify stakeholders when the trail is complete and may be used. A grand opening ceremony is tentatively planned for fall 2014. More information on the Southern Walnut Creek Trail project.
Austin to Manor Trail
The Austin to Manor Trail is a 5-mile long trail that will begin near Daffan Lane and end in the vicinity of Ben E. Fischer Park in Manor, Texas. The project will be constructed in two phases. Phase 1 is 2.5 miles long and will extend from Daffan Lane to Lindell Lane. Phase 2 is also approximately 2.5 miles long and will pick up near Lindell Lane, ending near Ben Fischer Park. Phase 1 is completely funded. The City of Austin is actively searching for funding to construct the second phase of this project. The project will include bridges, trail heads, and other trail amenities and is expected to be constructed of concrete 10' in width with 2' grass shoulders.
- Phase 1: A significant portion of phase 1 has been installed. Phase 1 should be complete in summer 2014.
- Phase 2: Not yet funded.
Northern Walnut Creek Trail - Phase 1
This project consists of the design and construction of a new trail on the Walnut Creek Greenbelt. The trail will connect Balcones District Park to Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park. Construction will consist of a 10' wide concrete trail with 2' shoulders. The trail will have 9 creek crossings and 4 trail heads.
- The Balcones Park portion of the trail has been completed, excluding punch list items.
- Trail segments under Mopac within the TxDOT right of way have been completed, excluding punch list items.
- The first bridge has been installed in Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park.
Work in progress
- The contractor continues to install trail, bridge piers and abutments in Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park.
- As opportunities arise, the City will reopen closed portions of the trail that will not place riders and construction crews in conflict.
- The Consultant Engineers have submitted and await approval on the site plan, allowing the contractor to work in the areas between Balcones and The Metro Park.
- When the site plan permit is issued, the Consultant will begin redesigning the Balcones Park alternate trail portion.
The Public Works Department has become aware that additional capital improvement projects are scheduled to take place in the Balcones Park area. The project manager is coordinating with other City departments to ensure that the projects will not be in conflict. The project is expected to be complete in late 2014 but the schedule will be reviewed when the site plan is issued and construction coordination is complete.
Northern Walnut Creek Trail - Phase 2
This project consists of the design and construction of a new trail on the Walnut Creek Greenbelt. The trail will originate in Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park and end in the vicinity of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality offices, located at IH-35 and Walnut Creek. The trail is approximately 1.8 miles in length and will consist of a 10' wide concrete trail with 2' shoulders. The trail will have 4 creek crossings and 2 trail heads.
- The preliminary engineering has been submitted in draft format and is currently being reviewed by City personnel and TXDOT. Upon completion of reviews, the City will hold neighborhood meetings to show findings and solicit public input.
- The City has met with agencies responsible for oversight of environmentally sensitive areas and species and agreed to conduct studies to ensure the safety and security of the sites.
- The City has met with the neighborhood associations and has received feedback on the design regarding offsite parking, security, and proximity to homes, erosion control, and other issues. The city will plan another meeting near the 60% design.
Work in progress
- Surveyors and scientists are currently working in the areas of historic and architectural significance.
- Design is expected to be complete in late 2014.
Design work has been delayed while awaiting completion of all environmental studies. As warmer temperatures approach, progress is expected to accelerate. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2015 and will take approximately one year to complete.