The YBC Trail was originally envisioned during the Oak Hills Neighborhood Planning process. Trail enthusiasts and neighbors came together to create a vision for a separated trail system that would connect much of the Oak Hill and Barton Creek areas of Austin to Downtown Austin, facilitated by the pending completion of the Mopac Mobility Bridges project. This trail project hopes to connect the Mopac Bicycle Bridges to the ACC Pinnacle Campus, Freescale, AMD, and other major destinations in the region.
Preliminary Engineering Report - Updated March 2017
A Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) evaluates all the environmental constraints of the project including: topography, drainage, various soil types, tree canopy, wildlife habitat, floodplain, surrounding land uses, location of utilities, cultural assessments, critical environmental features, endangered species, property ownership, as well as several other elements. Resident feedback is also included in the document.
Recommended alignment for the YBC Trail. Click to enlarge.
YBC Trail Schedule
July - August 2015
Information gathering sessions
Meet with community members, stakeholders and land owners. Execute preliminary feasibility studies, gather data regarding topographic, natural and other elements of potential trail connections.
September 2015 -February 2016
Incorporate Data into Draft Preliminary Engineering Report (PER)
Work to incorporate stakeholder (residents, land owner and City staff) feedback and data into a draft PER.
Presentation of Draft PER and collection of comments/feedback
Hold a series of public meetings to review draft report and gather feedback and comments.
Incorporate stakeholder feedback and comments into report.
Finalize PER and present to the public
Publish final report. The final report will include recommendations for an implementation strategy.*
*Pending the estimated cost of any identified prioritized trail segment, there may be funding to begin preliminary design.
As of March 2017, the YBC Trail schedule has been updated to reflect the most recent timeline.
Two public meetings were held in Dec. 2016 to discuss the draft PER. Residents were asked to vote on their preferred trail route. Feedback gathered from these meetings and from the survey will be used to score the trail routes and in the final version of the PER.