Southern Walnut Creek Trail
This project consists of the construction of a new trail on the Walnut Creek Greenbelt. The trail begins at Govalle Park and ends on Johnny Morris Road in the vicinity of the Austin to Manor Trail (under construction) located at Johnny Morris and Daffen Lane. The trail is approximately 7.3 miles in length and consists of a 10' wide concrete trail with 2' shoulders. There are creek crossings and trail heads on the trail.
- The project continues on schedule.
- Trail segments have been constructed from Jain Lane to Delwau and from Delwau to the YMCA. From the YMCA to Loyola and from the Austin Tennis Center back to the main trail location.
- The City maintains the trail from Govalle Park to the YMCA and this portion is open to the public. The trail segment from The YMCA to Johnny Morris Road and to the Austin Tennis Center will not be open to the public until striping and signage are complete on August 14. Trail users that proceed north past the YMCA must use caution as the contractor may periodically be working to address final punch list items.
Work in progress
- The contractor is paving parking spaces at the Austin Tennis Center.
- The contractor is completing signage and striping along the trail.
- The contractor is installing additional improvements that may help improve the water quality of Walnut Creek.
- The City is currently reviewing citizen requests for signage at certain points along the trail.
This project is scheduled for completion in summer 2014. The City will notify stakeholders when the trail is complete and may be used. A grand opening ceremony is tentatively planned for fall 2014. More information on the Southern Walnut Creek Trail project.
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. Phase 1 is completely funded. The City of Austin is actively searching for funding to construct the second phase of this project. 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: A significant portion of phase 1 has been installed. Phase 1 should be complete in summer 2014.
- Phase 2: Not yet funded.
Northern Walnut Creek Trail - Phase 1
This project consists of the design and construction of a new trail on the Walnut Creek Greenbelt. The 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 9 creek crossings and 4 trail heads.
- The Balcones District Park portion of the trail is complete, excluding punch list items.
- Trail segments under MoPac within the TxDOT right of way are complete, excluding punch list items.
- The construction trailer at Balcones Park is expected to be removed within the next 45 days.
- Bridges 9 and 8A have been installed in Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park.
Work in Progress
- The contractor continues to install trail, bridge piers and abutments in Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park.
- As opportunities arise, the City will reopen closed portions of the trail that will not place riders and construction crews in conflict.
- The Consultant Engineers are awaiting approval on a site plan that will allow the contractor to work in the areas between Balcones District and Walnut Creek Parks.
- Once the site plan is received, the design team will resume work on the Balcones Park alternate. The City will hold an additional neighborhood meeting to receive public input on the alternate design.
The Public Works Department has become aware that additional capital improvement projects are scheduled to take place in the Balcones Park area. The project manager is coordinating with other City departments to ensure that the projects will not be in conflict. The project is expected to be complete in late 2014 but the schedule will be reviewed when the site plan is issued and construction coordination is complete.
Northern Walnut Creek Trail - Phase 2
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 the neighborhood associations and has 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 at 60 percent design.
Work in progress
- Geotechnical boring is taking place at structure locations.
- Archeologists are currently performing excavations to ensure the future construction does not impact historically significant areas.
- Hydraulic modeling studies are being conducted to ensure water crossings do not adversely impact the adjacent properties.
- Design is expected to be complete in late 2014.
With completion of environmental studies, design progress will likely accelerate. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2015 and will take approximately one year to complete.