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Detours planned on Austin bike and pedestrian trail as Waller Creek project works

By meerna Jul11,2024
Detours planned on Austin bike and pedestrian trail as Waller Creek project works

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Cyclists and pedestrians traveling along Lady Bird Lake will face some detours over the next few months as the city of Austin and the Waterloo Greenway Conservancy build new bridges over Waller Creek.

Two new grid-structure pedestrian bridges will span the Lagoon Overlook and Leaf Deck toward The Confluence, marking the second phase of the Waterloo Greenway, according to a city release issued Tuesday.

The first detour will begin July 22 and last through the end of August, weather permitting. During the detour, crews will build a new truss bridge and add a short-term creek crossing to make later detours easier. City officials noted that future detours will vary along the creek crossing.

The City of Austin and Waterloo Greenway have planned a detour of the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail this summer due to planned construction on the Waller Creek Bridge. (Courtesy of the City of Austin)

For this first detour, users will be directed to a temporary, 12-foot granite path east of the existing bridge crossing Waller Creek. This temporary path will be fenced on both sides, and “users will continue to cross Waller Creek on the existing bridge,” according to the release.

Construction hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the week, with possible weekend work. It is also possible that trail users may be required to stop at certain points to allow construction traffic to cross the trail, and signals will help warn pedestrians and cyclists.

The Confluence is a 13-acre project running along Waller Creek from Fourth Street to Lady Bird Lake, city officials said. The goal is to create a “continuous, off-street, bike and pedestrian trail” between the pedestrian and bike trail and Fourth Street, as well as improve water quality, enhance nature access and stabilize the Waller Creek bank.

Construction began in May last year and is scheduled for completion in spring 2026, the release added.

The project will provide three new truss bridges that will provide east-west connections across Waller Creek. The project is a partnership between the City of Austin, the Waterloo Greenway Conservancy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with a total estimated construction cost of $75 million.

More details about the project, including additional information on planned detours, can be found online.

By meerna

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