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    Quote Originally Posted by Chardog View Post
    The IH 35 crossing will also be challenging, but it looks like there is a possibility to skirt the Girl Scout property and go under IH 35 on the north bank of the creek similar to how they constructed the trial under US 183 along Boggy Creek.
    Looks like the plan is skirt the Girl Scout property http://www.austintexas.gov/sites/def...TRAIL_PH2_.pdf

    From there it would make sense to go under IH 35 on the north side of the creek. There is a power line corridor for a bit, but ROW near the creek looks tight in the Dessau Rd. area.
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    Hey Char, is there any behind the scene word on "phase 3" that would connect 35 to old manor road?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamwa View Post
    Hey Char, is there any behind the scene word on "phase 3" that would connect 35 to old manor road?
    Yeah, once that part is done you'll be able to more easily make a giant loop from down town to Walnut Creek and back. Especially once the new trails are built as part of the Mopac Expressway project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamwa View Post
    Hey Char, is there any behind the scene word on "phase 3" that would connect 35 to old manor road?
    All I know is what the website says. They don't even seem to mention much about connecting South and North. My guess is they figure as the north and south gain popularity, the public will support the middle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AtariAge View Post
    On Saturday I rode all of the Southern Walnut Creek Trail, all of the Austin to Manor Trail, and the trail being built alongside the new Manor 290 Tollway.

    We took a left onto Lindell Lane and then went north on Decker until it hits 290. I had seen the sidewalks along this section of 290, and were curious how far they went. We stayed on the southbound side of the toll road, and headed east towards Manor. As soon as you see the Manor city limits sign, both the toll road and the trail end. And I do call this a trail, as it's as wide as the other cement trails (10'?) and there are "watch for bicycle" signs at all the roads/driveways that cross the trail. This trail is nearly complete, with just a few small gaps remaining. The most significant work to be done on this trail is all the brick inlay work at all the street crossings. And most of the pedestrian crossing signals aren't yet installed at the major intersections.
    Did you happen to check out the trail that goes under the toll road on the west bank of Walnut Creek? Can't tell from the Google Map imagery, but wondering what it will connect to?
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    Impressive. I followed the trail till it dead ended by Decker Lake next to the radio controlled field.
    My last trip on it stopped almost 3 miles earlier.
    I felt a long way from home when I saw boats floating in the lake. Only 3 more miles to Manor..

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    Manor's going to explode on granola bar and gatorade sales
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    Quote Originally Posted by Endo-err View Post
    Impressive. I followed the trail till it dead ended by Decker Lake next to the radio controlled field.
    My last trip on it stopped almost 3 miles earlier.
    I felt a long way from home when I saw boats floating in the lake. Only 3 more miles to Manor..
    You can actually get to Manor if you ride up Decker to 290. There is a new paved trail that runs along the southern side of the 290 toll road all the way to Manor, although it ends abruptly where the toll road ends. They are working on redirecting Decker to the west a bit right after the train tracks, so once that's done it should be safer to ride north on the existing Decker where split takes place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AtariAge View Post
    You can actually get to Manor if you ride up Decker to 290. There is a new paved trail that runs along the southern side of the 290 toll road all the way to Manor, although it ends abruptly where the toll road ends. They are working on redirecting Decker to the west a bit right after the train tracks, so once that's done it should be safer to ride north on the existing Decker where split takes place.
    I used to do lots of r**d rides out in the mostly empty country side around Manor. Then it just got too crazy with too much traffic on the original roads. Now there is a trail system to take you there. This seems ironic in an odd way.
    Anyway, nice to have some respite from riding with traffic.

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    Back when I was a roadie, I took Old Hwy 20 into Manor out to the ghost town area. Not sure if it's too crowded these days.

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    New pavement - in Govalle Park and also finished through to the Decker Lane area.

    Real news is they put a Stop Sign at the rugby field road, but only on the north side of the trail. Also a stop sign on the
    Road but also only on one side..
    Weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Endo-err View Post
    New pavement - in Govalle Park and also finished through to the Decker Lane area.

    Real news is they put a Stop Sign at the rugby field road, but only on the north side of the trail. Also a stop sign on the
    Road but also only on one side..
    Weird.
    Was the short bridge at Govalle park open?

    The stop signs are strange. Seems like cars should stop for the trail as the trail is the major roadway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chardog View Post
    Was the short bridge at Govalle park open?

    The stop signs are strange. Seems like cars should stop for the trail as the trail is the major roadway.
    I went through the park just a few days ago. They actually had the trail closed, as they had poured cement for the trail approaching the bridge. In fact, it looks like all the cement is poured for the trail inside the park. Also looks like they are building a retaining wall for the section of trail approaching Jain Lane.
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    Photos of the retaining wall being built closer to Jain Lane.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chardog View Post
    Was the short bridge at Govalle park open?

    The stop signs are strange. Seems like cars should stop for the trail as the trail is the major roadway.
    I took a photo of these signs right after they were put up, and there were stop signs on both sides of the trail. If one is missing, someone probably stole it. Which doesn't terribly surprise me given the area.

    Edit: It's possible they have changed the signs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AtariAge View Post
    I took a photo of these signs right after they were put up, and there were stop signs on both sides of the trail. If one is missing, someone probably stole it. Which doesn't terribly surprise me given the area.

    Edit: It's possible they have changed the signs? ..Al
    Would be worth checking in to this. I was in email contact with the rugby field representative and also left a message with the city when this first came up -- not in any official capacity, just as a "concerned citizen". I'm not surprised that the cyclists get the stop sign; the trail is an easement granted through private property, but it looks as though the road has some type of signage as well.

    But really, that intersection was an accident waiting to happen, so very glad some type of signage was installed. Also, my impression was that signage was stipulated in the construction contract; it was up to the contractor to install it.

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    A buddy of mine and I rode the path from Lindell lane all the way to Jain lane and back. A little over 20 miles round trip. Didn't know it was completed that far yet. Not a bad ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by berettadave View Post
    A buddy of mine and I rode the path from Lindell lane all the way to Jain lane and back. A little over 20 miles round trip. Didn't know it was completed that far yet. Not a bad ride.
    Whooo hooooo. Thinking about putting a loop ride together from my house using Parkfield, Shoal Creek, Lady Bird Lake, Southern Walnut Creek and then something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AtariAge View Post
    ...as they had poured cement for the trail approaching the bridge. In fact, it looks like all the cement is poured for the trail inside the park.
    Please indulge me on the semantics that were drilled into my head in Civil Engineering School. It's not "pouring cement", it's "placing concrete" and most of the trucks we call "cement trucks" (the ones that mix cement) are "concrete trucks". Cement trucks are the longer semi-tractor trailers hauling the bulk dry product.

    What Is the Difference Between Concrete and Cement?
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