Southern Walnut Creek Trail
This project consists of the design and construction of a new trail on the Walnut Creek Greenbelt. The trail begins at Govalle Park and ends in the vicinity of Johnny Morris Road and Daffen Lane. The trail is approximately 7.3 miles in length and will consist of a 10' wide concrete trail with 2' shoulders. There are several creek crossings and trail heads on the trail.
- The entire trail is available for public use
- The Contractor is periodically correcting warranty issues as they occur
A grand opening ceremony will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 8:30 a.m. in Govalle Park, located at 5200 Bolm Road. Citizens are encouraged to ride their bikes in for the celebration as street parking is limited.
Austin to Manor Trail
The Austin to Manor Trail is a 5-mile long trail that will begin near Daffan Lane and end in the vicinity of Ben E. Fischer Park in Manor, Texas. The project will be constructed in two phases. Phase 1 is 2.5 miles long and will extend from Daffan Lane to Lindell Lane. Phase 2 is also 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 1: Trail segment is complete, excluding punch list items.
- Phase 2: In preliminary engineering; the City of Austin is actively searching for funding to construct the second phase of this project.
Northern Walnut Creek Trail - Phase 1
This project consists of the design and construction of a new trail on the Walnut Creek Greenbelt. The 3.2 mile long trail will connect Balcones District Park to Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park. Construction will consist of a 10' wide concrete trail with 2' shoulders. The trail will have approximately 9 creek crossings and 4 trail heads.
- The trailhead and parking at Balcones Park are complete.
- At the request of local residents, the construction trailer has been removed.
- Trail segments under MOPAC within TXDOT Right of Way have been completed, excluding punch list items.
- Bridges 9 and 8A have been installed in the Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park.
- The site plan for the central portion of the trail has been issued and the contractor will soon begin working just west of Gracywoods Park.
Work in Progress
- The contractor is installing bridge piers and abutments in preparation for the final two bridges in the park.
- The contractor is constructing additional parking within Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park.
- As opportunities arise, the City will reopen closed portions of the Walnut Creek trail that will not place riders and construction crews in conflict.
In recent weeks the City has become aware of two issues in the area of Balcones District Park: First, an upcoming wastewater construction project will require access to the creek area from Scribe Drive. This project’s construction activities could potentially damage any newly-installed trail segments. In the interest of fiscal responsibility, the City feels it is prudent to wait until after the wastewater project is complete before resuming trail construction in this area. Second, the Jollyville Salamander was recently listed as a threatened species. This reclassification requires that projects using federal funding meet more stringent requirements when working in threatened species habitats such as Balcones District Park.
To ensure that new infrastructure is not damaged and all environmental requirements are met by an experienced consultant familiar with the area, the City has added the trail alternate through Balcones Park to the upcoming wastewater line improvement project. Coordination meetings between the two projects are ongoing and a complete project schedule will be made available once all challenges are addressed and resolved.
The City will seek input from the public once redesign of the Balcones portion begins. The City is committed to a transparent process and will provide citizens with opportunities to voice concerns or suggestions.
Northern Walnut Creek Trail - Phase 2
This project consists of the design and construction of a new trail on 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. The trail is approximately 1.8 miles in length and will consist of a 10' wide concrete trail with 2' shoulders. The trail will have approximately 4 creek crossings and 2 trail heads.
- Studies of protected and listed species have been completed.
- The City has met with neighborhood associations and received feedback on the design regarding offsite parking, security, and proximity to homes, erosion control, and other issues. The city will plan another public meeting near the 60% design.
Work in progress
- Minor clearing is currently ongoing to allow for geotechnical boring at structure locations.
- Excavation by archeologists is currently ongoing to ensure the future construction does not impact historically protected areas.
- Hydraulic modeling is currently ongoing to ensure water crossings do not adversely impact the adjacent properties.
Design is expected to be complete in summer 2015. A construction schedule will be developed once design work is complete.