During the 2015 Memorial Day rain event and flooding, the concrete bridge at Country Club Creek sustained major structural damage and collapsed when the concrete footings supporting the bridge sections were undermined by flood waters surging downstream through the channel. The City has begun contract negotiations for evaluation and design services for a replacement bridge.

Fence prohibiting entrance to the current state of the bridge.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION 

The Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is working closely with the Watershed Protection Department, (WPD), Public Works Department, (PWD) and the Austin Water utility, (AWU) to provide a permanent solution to stabilize the channel embankments, arrest the erosion and replace the lost infrastructure to restore connectivity through the park. While this long-term solution is being developed, smaller interim projects have been completed to temporarily protect existing parkland, infrastructure and private property upstream. These temporary measures included the use of large boulders for armoring areas that were being severely scoured by erosive forces at two separate locations along the channel. Another small project removed and stored an existing metal-truss pedestrian bridge that was vulnerable to loss along the heavily scoured cut-bank of the channel just east of Krieg Softball Fields #10 and #11. PARD has also worked with PWD, WPD and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to successfully secure a substantial financial assistance award which will help fund the large permanent channel stabilization and bridge replacement project.  This project is now in the design phase with the Watershed Protection Department leading the effort.

PROJECT SCHEDULE 

Notice to Proceed                        September 25, 2017

Preliminary Design                      Fall 2017 – Spring 2020

60% Design Complete                 April 24, 2020

90% Design Complete                 Fall 2020

Site Plan Permit received            Spring 2021

Issued for Bid                               Spring 2021

Construction Start                       Fall 2021

Construction End                         Summer 2023

CURRENT PHASE & UPDATES 

The City’s design consultant, HDR Engineering Inc. submitted 60% design drawings to the City for review in April 2020 and is currently addressing staff comments to complete the 90% design drawings.

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

5/3/2017         Design Commission Review

6/17/2017       Austin Ridge Riders Meeting

PROJECT CONTACTS 

D'Anne Williams, PARD Project Manager, 512-974-9456

Jules Parrish, PW Project Manager, 512-974-9385