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 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.
- Trail segments underneath Mopac within the TXDOT right of way have been completed.
- Bridges 9 and 8A have been installed in the Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park.
- Additional parking has been constructed in Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park.
Work in Progress
- Trail construction is occurring around Gracywoods Park. The contractor is installing bridge piers and abutments by St. David’s Hospital, Lincolnshire Drive and Park Bend Drive.
- Bridges 3, 4, 5, and 6B are under construction near St. David’s Hospital and Metric Boulevard. Once the bridges are installed, the contractor will build trail from the bridges out of the park.
- As opportunities arise, the City will reopen closed portions of the Metro Park Trail that will not place riders and construction crews in conflict.
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 an upcoming wastewater line improvement project, the Waters Park Sewer 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.
Phase 1 of the Northern Walnut Creek Trail project is expected to be complete in winter of 2015.
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 will be around 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 design issues such as offsite parking, security, and proximity to homes and erosion control. The city will plan another public meeting when design is at 60 percent.
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 winter 2015. A construction schedule will be developed once design work is complete.