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. Severe erosion occurred all along the drainage channel. The Parks Department has been working closely with the Watershed Protection Department to provide a permanent solution to stabilizing the channel and replacing the bridge crossing of the creek. Construction officially began on August 22, 2022.  Work on site started in late September and is anticipated to take two years to complete. Park trails within the construction area are closed. For the public and contractors safety, we ask that the public not enter or cross the construction area during the project's duration. District 3

Fence prohibiting entrance to the current state of the bridge.

Project Description

The Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) has worked 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 the long-term solution was being developed, smaller interim projects were completed to temporarily protect existing parkland, infrastructure, and private property upstream. These temporary measures included using large boulders for armoring areas 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.

During construction, public access crossing the creek within the project limits will not be permitted for the safety of the public and the contractor. 

Additional information on the channel stabilization project can be found at the Watershed Protection Department channel stabilization 

Anticipated Schedule

  • Fall 2017-Spring 2020: Preliminary Design (Complete)
  • Summer 2020: 60% Design Complete (Complete)
  • Fall 2021: 100% Design Complete (Complete)
  • Spring 2022: Issued for Bid (Complete)
  • Summer 2022: Construction Start (August 22, 2022, ongoing)
  • Summer 2024: Construction End                       

Please note that as in any construction project, schedules are projected as accurately as possible. All dates are subject to change due to the nature of construction and the weather. 

Community Engagement

5/3/2017         Design Commission Review

6/17/2017       Austin Ridge Riders Meeting

Funding and Resources

The estimated construction cost for the bridge and stabilization project was 25 million dollars funded through a combination of Drainage Utility Funds, General Funds, 2018 Bond Funds, and a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant.

Contact Information

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

Darryl Haba, PW Project Manager, 512-974-2777