Phase 2 of the Austin to Manor Trail is approximately 2.5 miles long and will pick up near Lindell Lane, ending near Ben Fischer Park. 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 2: In preliminary engineering; the City of Austin is actively searching for funding to construct the second phase of this project.
A portion of the Phase 1 project west of Mopac has been removed from the existing construction contract and established as the Phase 1A subproject. This change was made so that federal funds would not be used within areas regulated by the Corp of Engineers and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The use of federal funds in these areas requires additional permitting and oversight and proceeding without federal funds will save the City time and reduce the overall project cost.
This project consists of the design and construction of a new trail from Amherst Drive to the northern end point of the Phase 1 project and the connection to the Mopac Trail currently being built by the Regional Turnpike Authority. This trail will consist of a 10' wide concrete trail with 2' shoulders. The trail will have retaining walls to maintain an acceptable slope, storm water facilities to accommodate existing drainage patterns and will have environmental protections to safeguard existing protected species and sensitive areas.
Work in Progress
The City continues to evaluate adding switch backs to the current trail alignment to address steep slopes within Balcones Park parallel to Scribe Drive. Environmental review of the proposed alignment is ongoing.
Hydraulic modeling of Walnut Creek at proposed crossings is underway.
The consultant is working toward 60% plans and coordinating with environmental agencies as well as interested stakeholders.
A public meeting is scheduled for 6:30 pm on August 20, 2015 at Covenant United Methodist Church (4410 Duval Rd).
Phase 1A of the Northern Walnut Creek Trail is expected to be complete by December 2017. Please contact Project Manager Clay Harris at 512-974-7895 with questions or comments.
Northern Walnut Creek Trail - Phase 1 5261.001
This project consists of the design and construction of a new trail within the Walnut Creek Greenbelt. The trail will span from Mopac south to Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park, the northern end point of the Phase 2 trail project. Construction will consist of a 10' wide concrete trail with 2' shoulders. The trail will have approximately 9 creek crossings and 4 trail heads.
Drainage infrastructure in Gracywoods Park has been installed.
Decking and abutments to Bridge 7 are complete.
Work in Progress
Decking and ramps for Bridge 8B are in construction.
Trail between Bridge 7 and Gracywoods Park is under construction.
Placement of 6A is tentatively scheduled for July.
The City had originally anticipated reopening portions of Gracywoods Park in mid-June. However, this has been delayed due to rain and wet conditions. Future updates will announce a reopening schedule.
Barring any unforeseen weather events, Northern Walnut Creek Trail Phase 1 is expected to reach substantial completion by spring of 2016. Please contact Project Manager Richard Duane at 512-974-7730 Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments.
Northern Walnut Creek Trail - Phase 2 5261.003
This project will design a new trail segment within 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, and connect to the southern terminus of the Phases 1 project. It will be around 1.8 miles in length and will consist of a 12' wide concrete trail, approximately 4 creek crossings and 2 trail heads.
Studies of protected and listed species have been completed.
Geotechnical borings at structure locations have been completed.
Work in progress
The archeological investigation is in progress. A draft report is expected in August and will be submitted to the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) and the Texas Historical Commission for review. The final archeological report should be complete in October 2015.
The project team is reviewing an alternative trail route through an existing LCRA easement as suggested by citizens. Field visits and discussions with representatives from the Limestone Canyon Apartments have begun. Further analysis and data gathering will be conducted over the next couple of months.
A meeting with TXDOT is scheduled for mid-July to coordinate and discuss environmental clearance requirements.
The City plans to conduct another public meeting to provide a project update in September 2015.
Design is expected to be complete in winter 2015. The City is actively pursuing funding to complete construction of this phase. Please contact Project Manager Jessica Salinas at 512-974- 7646 Jessica.email@example.com with questions or comments.