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 new northern end point of the Phase 1 project and a 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.
Environmental reviews of the proposed alignment are ongoing.
The City is evaluating adding switch backs to the current trail alignment to address steep slopes within Balcones Park parallel to Scribe Drive.
Work in Progress
Evaluation of modification of the existing trail alignment is underway.
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.
Phase 1A of the Northern Walnut Creek Trail is expected to be complete by December 2017. Please contact Project Manager Roxanne Cook at 512-974-7995 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Bridge 7 is in place and decking is now being installed.
Piers and columns for bridge 8B have been completed.
Work in Progress
Trail construction activities are taking place around Gracywoods Park between bridge 3 and bridge 5.
Bridge 5 and 6A piers and abutments are under construction.
Bridge 7 has been placed and the contractor has begun to install the bridge decking. Upon completion of the bridge, the contractor will work out from the bridge on new trail towards Gracywoods Park.
The City anticipates reopening portions of Gracywoods Park by mid-June.
Bridge 8A will be placed the week of June 5. The contractor will then begin work from the bridge 8 to Bridge 8B.
Clearing of the access route for the bridge and construction of a pad for the cranes is now under way.
The City anticipates reopening portions of the Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park in mid-August.
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.email@example.com 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.
Work in progress
The City continues to meet with interested stakeholders to receive feedback on alternative routes, offsite parking, security, proximity to homes and erosion control.
Additional environmental and archeological investigations are in progress.
Minor clearing is currently ongoing to allow for geotechnical boring at structure locations.
City environmental staff is reviewing hydraulic modeling and water crossings.
The City plans to conduct another public meeting to provide a project update in the August/September timeframe.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments.