Austin, Texas – Austin Transportation will close a portion of Riverside Drive from Lee Barton Drive to South First Street to motor vehicle traffic beginning Friday, April 17, and open the space for walking and bicycling. Last Friday, April 10, Austin Transportation converted one southbound lane of the section of Pleasant Valley Road that crosses Lady Bird Lake (the Longhorn Dam bridge) to provide more space for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the bridge and maintain physical distance from one another.
Both closures enable people walking and riding bicycles or scooters to make essential trips more safely, including accessing Butler Metro Park, Vic Mathias Auditorium Shores, and the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail and Boardwalk while maintaining adequate physical distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19. Austin Transportation collaborated with the City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation and Public Works departments to put these measures in place. Austin Transportation staff will monitor the closures daily to ensure that conditions remain safe.
With the current stay-at-home order, automobile trips are down, allowing Austin Transportation to convert some select roadways temporarily into safe walking and cycling spaces that allow for better physical distancing, said Austin Transportation Director Robert Spillar.
When using City parks or trails for essential trips, residents should visit locations near their homes, limit their excursions to short periods of time, and allow for at least six feet of space when passing others.
For more information and updates on COVID-19, visit AustinTexas.gov/COVID19.