The Southern Walnut Creek Trail is Austin's first Urban Trail. The trail is open for public use and 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 consists of a 10' wide concrete trail with 2' shoulders. There are several creek crossings and trail heads on the trail. Click here for hours and recreational information.
In order to address erosion issues, the section of Southern Walnut Creek Trail between Delwau Lane and FM 969 (MLK Jr. Boulevard) will close for 15 business days starting Monday, Oct. 5 at 6:00 a.m. through Friday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. The trail will reopen for the weekends during this time. Click here to view a map of the closed section. It is recommended that trail users traveling south use Loyola Lane to access Springdale Road. Trail users travelling north should use Springdale Road as an alternative to the trail. During the closure, trail users should follow all signage and safety precautions.
Northern Walnut Creek Trail - Phase 1A 5261.004
This project will build a 10’ wide concrete trail with 2’ shoulders from Amherst Drive to the northern end point of the above Phase 1 project and the connection to the Mopac Trail currently being built by the Regional Turnpike Authority. Phase 1A has been broken up into two stages to speed up construction and reduce inconvenience to the neighborhood. The southern stage of the project includes the trail from Mopac to the south side of the baseball field in Balcones District Park. It will be included as part of the Waters Park Relief Main project (3168.039). The northern stage of Phase 1A will build trail south of Scribe Drive between Amherst Drive and the baseball field in the Balcones District Park.
At a neighborhood meeting held on August 20, City staff and neighbors reached consensus on the alignment of the trail portion that runs parallel to Scribe Drive. After careful consideration, the City will move forward with a switch back alignment to serve a wide range of park users.
The project staging area for the Waters Park Relief Main project has been finalized.
The City’s consultant has finished the hydraulic modeling of Walnut Creek low water crossing and determined that the proposed smooth concrete surface along the bottom of the channel will improve hydraulic efficiency and lower average water surface elevations. Therefore, there is no need to raise the trail elevation. The City will include typical low water crossing signs on the trail to notify the public. Click here to view the hydrology report.
Work in progress for the trail portion of project:
Adjusting the trail design to reflect the decision made at public meeting. Construction should start in 2017.
Coordinating with environmental agencies
Evaluating temporary access to trail during construction
Work in progress for the Waters Park Relief Main Project:
The project is currently at 90 percent design.
The City is acquiring utility easements and permits, and developing a tree mitigation plan.
Construction should start in summer 2016 and take 18 months to complete.
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this project, please contact Project Manager Clay Harris firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-974-7895.
This project is building a new trail portion on 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. It will have 9 creek crossings and 4 trail heads.
The contractor will soon install approach abutments and handrails on bridge 6A.Bridges 5 and 6B are under construction.
The trail between Bridge 7 and Gracywoods Park is under construction.
Although the contractor has completed most of the bridge and trail installation work in Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park, landscaping, handrail installation and cleanup work continues. Please use caution when cycling or walking as contractor vehicles may be present. The City will send out an announcement when the contractor has completed work in the park and all trails are available for use.
Barring any unforeseen weather events, Northern Walnut Creek Trail Phase 1 is expected to reach substantial completion by January 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 1.8 mile long trail segment 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, and connect to the southern end of the Phase 1 project.
The archeological investigation has been completed.
Work in progress
The draft archeological report is expected in September and will be submitted to the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) and the Texas Historical Commission for review. The final archeological report should be complete in October 2015.
The project team is reviewing an alternative trail route through an existing LCRA easement as suggested by citizens. Field visits and discussions with representatives have begun. Further analysis and data gathering will be conducted over the next couple of months.
The City plans to conduct another public meeting to provide a project update in January/February 2016. This meeting is rescheduled to allow time for completion of the review of the alternate trail route suggested by citizens
Design is expected to be complete in spring 2016. 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.