On Monday, concerned citizens spoke to the Public Safety Commission about public safety issues that need to be addressed to ensure the Walnut Creek Trail is safe. It should be noted that both Gracywoods and Walnut Creek Neighborhoods want this trail--citizens just want the City to ensure that these safety issues being raised are worked out before the trail opens.
Edit: A map of the trail can be found here:
Click read more for the City's update on the trail
Northern Walnut Creek Trail - Phase 1 5261.001
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.
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 5261.003
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.
· 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.
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Project contacts are:
City of Austin Project Manager