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    Thanks for keeping us updated!

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    Got this update from the city's Public Information Officer:
    Dear neighbors,

    Below, please find a status update on the trail projects that comprise the overall Walnut Creek Trail System:

    Southern Walnut Creek Trail CIP ID# 5261.002

    Completed work
    • The project continues on schedule.
    • Trail segments been constructed from Jain Lane to Delwau and from Delwau to the YMCA. The City is in the process of inspecting the contractor’s work. Upon acceptance, these portions of the trail will be officially opened for public use. The City will issue a notification when these portions of the trail may be used.
    • Bridge #5 has been installed. The contractor is working with the First Tee Golf Course to relocate utilities from the old bridge to the new bridge.

    Work in progress
    • The contractor is preparing to construct the concrete trail north of Loyola.
    • There is an ongoing concern regarding erosion along Boggy Creek. TXDOT and Capital Metro have been notified and requests for funding and or correction to areas of concern are pending.

    This project is scheduled for completion in spring 2014.


    Northern Walnut Creek Trail - Phase 1 CIP ID# 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.

    Ongoing work
    • Based on citizen concerns, a portion of trail within Balcones Park is currently being redesigned. It will consist of a 10-foot wide concrete path through the park but will not likely be ADA-compliant. In order to provide an ADA-compliant alternate path, the contractor is currently repairing a portion of sidewalk along the south side of Scribe Drive.
    • The City is currently gathering the necessary survey data for the redesign.
    • The City will provide the public with an opportunity to comment and provide input on the redesign at future neighborhood meetings.
    • In addition to the trail segment redesign, the contractor is building retaining walls and trail in the TXDOT right of way, located underneath Mopac and the Cap Metro rail line. This work is expected to be complete by mid-November. Following completion of these portions, the contractor will move to Walnut Creek Metro Park.
    • Those portions between the parks are currently in permit review awaiting comment and appearance before required City boards and commissions.
    • The current construction schedule is under review because of additional design and permit issues. The project is expected to be complete in late 2014.


    Northern Walnut Creek Trail - Phase 2 CIP ID# 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.

    Ongoing work
    • The preliminary engineering has been submitted in draft format and is currently being reviewed by City personnel and TXDOT. Upon completion of reviews, the City will hold neighborhood meetings to show findings and solicit public input.
    • The trail alignment currently comes within a radius of environmentally sensitive areas and caves that are home to protected species. This will require ongoing study and involvement with other state and federal agencies to ensure compliance with environmental protection measures.
    • Design is expected to be complete in late 2014.

    Construction is expected to begin in spring 2015 and will take approximately one year to complete.

    If you know someone who would like to be added to our distribution list to receive future updates, please have them contact us. Thank you for your continued patience and please contact us with any questions or concerns.

    Project contacts are:

    City of Austin Project Manager
    Richard Duane
    (512) 974-7730
    Richard.Duane@austintexas.gov

    Public Information Officer
    Carolyn Perez
    (512) 974-7139
    Carolyn.Perez@austintexas.gov

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    So...any backwoods way of combining the 2 trail systems?

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    but since the drought
    Grab life by the timbales.

    Don't forget to stop and smell the Rosemary.

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    wow that picture was too big wtf me?
    Grab life by the timbales.

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    We did a night cx ride on the new south Walnut Creek trail last night, which ended at 51st and 183. Well designed and built bike path! Want to ride up to Balcones District Park and ride the trail/path to Walnut Creek and hit a loop. Is this ridable yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigwheel Bart View Post
    We did a night cx ride on the new south Walnut Creek trail last night, which ended at 51st and 183. Well designed and built bike path! Want to ride up to Balcones District Park and ride the trail/path to Walnut Creek and hit a loop. Is this ridable yet?
    umm not really. you can connect between Walnut and Balcones, but you have to get kind of creative. you also have to cross the creek underneath Metric. they havent really done any building in Walnut Creek aside from marking where the concrete path will be along the Log Loops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sooner518 View Post
    umm not really. you can connect between Walnut and Balcones, but you have to get kind of creative. you also have to cross the creek underneath Metric. they havent really done any building in Walnut Creek aside from marking where the concrete path will be along the Log Loops.
    Yeah, and I haven't been down between Walnut and Balcones since the flood. I'm fairly sure there will be some impact there - I'd guess the trail will be impassible due to debris unless someone has cleaned it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigwheel Bart View Post
    We did a night cx ride on the new south Walnut Creek trail last night, which ended at 51st and 183. Well designed and built bike path! Want to ride up to Balcones District Park and ride the trail/path to Walnut Creek and hit a loop. Is this ridable yet?
    Here are some tracks for a few options to get from Balcones to Walnut. Be advised that the area under/around Mopac is barricaded/safety fenced due to the trail "project" so there are some detours, but it can be ridden.
    No blockage between Balcones and Mopac earlier today. Still some high water from just below Duval Road and upstream on the Balcones Park-Duval section.
    https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid...10826,0.021136

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    got another update from the City on the Trail project from the City today:

    Dear neighbors,

    Below, please find a status update on the trail projects that comprise the overall Walnut Creek Trail System:


    Southern Walnut Creek Trail CIP ID 5261.002

    This project consists of the design and construction of a new trail on Walnut Creek Greenbelt. The trail begins at GoValle Park and ends on Johnny Morris Road in the vicinity of the proposed Austin to Manor Trail located at Johnny Morris and Daffen Lane. The Trail is approximately 7.3 miles in length and will consist of 10' wide concrete trail with 2' shoulders. On the trail there are creek crossings and trail heads.

    Completed work
    • The project continues on schedule.
    • The following trail segments have been constructed:
    • Jain Lane to Delwau
    • Delwau to the YMCA
    • From the YMCA to Loyola
    • From the Austin Tennis Center back to the main trail location
    • The public may now use the portions of the trail from Jain Lane to the YMCA however care must be taken when using the trail as the contractor may periodically be working on the trail to address final punch list items.

    Work in progress
    • The contractor is installing drainage facilities North of Loyola in heavily wooded areas in preparation to construct the trail.

    This project is scheduled for completion in spring 2014.


    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.

    Completed work
    • The project continues on schedule.
    • ADA compliant trail segments been constructed from Amherst along Scribe Drive. Driveway restoration and irrigation repair have been completed.
    • The Trail segments under MOPAC within TXDOT Right of Way have been completed.
    • The City met with neighborhood representatives regarding an alternate redesign within Balcones Park and has adjusted conceptual alignment based on comments received.

    Ongoing work
    • The City is currently gathering the necessary survey data for the alternate redesign through Balcones Park. The engineers have been directed to expend all effort to obtain permits for other portions of the trail within Walnut Creek Metro Park and those portions of the trail that fall under site plan jurisdiction. The Engineers have been directed in this manner to ensure the contractor has sufficient work available to not cause delays and financial liability to the City. Upon completion of the permit, the City will immediately direct the Engineer to continue work on the formal drawings in Balcones.
    • The City will provide the public with additional opportunities to comment and provide input on the redesign at future neighborhood meetings as soon as available.
    • The trail portion between the parks is currently undergoing internal permit review.
    • The current construction schedule is under review because of additional design and permit issues. The project is expected to be complete in late 2014.
    • Work is expected to begin with Walnut Creek Metro Park in Mid-December.
    • Meetings with Trail Riders are expected to occur in December.


    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.

    Completed work
    • The preliminary engineering has been submitted in draft format and is currently being reviewed by City personnel and TXDOT. Upon completion of reviews, the City will hold neighborhood meetings to show findings and solicit public input. The preliminary report will stay in draft format until resolution of work near environmentally sensitive and endangered species can be obtained.
    • The City has met with agencies responsible for oversight of environmentally sensitive areas and species and agreed to conduct studies to ensure the safety and security of the sites.


    Work in progress
    • The City has contracted with surveyors and scientists to perform a drainage assessment and species monitoring of the area.
    • Survey of proposed trail areas that are not subject to environmental concern is expected to occur in late December.
    • Design is expected to be complete in late 2014.

    Construction is expected to begin in spring 2015 and will take approximately one year to complete.

    If you know someone who would like to be added to our distribution list to receive future updates, please have them contact us. Thank you for your continued patience and please contact us with any questions or concerns.

    Project contacts are:

    City of Austin Project Manager
    Richard Duane
    (512) 974-7730
    Richard.Duane@austintexas.gov

    Public Information Officer
    Carolyn Perez
    (512) 974-7139
    Carolyn.Perez@austintexas.gov

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    And there's some minor debris that the floods washed up against the RR trestle wast of Mopac. Name:  131201_001.jpg
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    LOL, minor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fontarin View Post
    Yeah, and I haven't been down between Walnut and Balcones since the flood. I'm fairly sure there will be some impact there - I'd guess the trail will be impassible due to debris unless someone has cleaned it up.
    I cross MoPac using Park Bend/Waters Park Road where the multi-use path will cross. Could not believe the high water line and flood debris in that low area.

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    New photos of WC multi-use path at MoPac:

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...8008660&type=1
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    Very nice. They're making some good progress lately considering how wet it has been.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fontarin View Post
    Very nice. They're making some good progress lately considering how wet it has been.
    speaking of progress, got an email from the City today saying:

    "Beginning Dec. 23, the City’s contractor will begin preparations to construct a portion of the Northern Walnut Creek Trail within Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park. On Jan. 4, 2014, some of the existing trails within the park will be closed to the public for safety reasons (see attached map). The trail closures will be in effect from January 2014 through September 2014. Maps of the closures will be posted within the park."

    The map (which I tried to attach as a jpg) shows that log loops, part of Tar Branch and some other sections will be closed. I guess those of us that get to Walnut from Balcones Park will have to find an alternate route.

    As of last Sunday, the dumpster has been removed from the RR bridge east of Mopac but the trail and creek are still a mess from the floods. I was able to get to Walnut though, despite several downed trees (er technical features) along the way.

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    Can you ride from Balcones Park?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WatersPark1x9er View Post
    The map (which I tried to attach as a jpg) shows that log loops, part of Tar Branch and some other sections will be closed. I guess those of us that get to Walnut from Balcones Park will have to find an alternate route.
    I do not see the map. Can you try attaching it again?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AtariAge View Post
    I do not see the map. Can you try attaching it again?

    Thanks!
    Al, from an earlier post on this thread, check out this Google Map to see if it would be useful.
    Also, the "trail" on Scribe will just be a wide sidewalk that is ADA compliant. Am I understanding this correctly?

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    Name:  Walnut_Trail_Closures.JPG
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    Quote Originally Posted by AtariAge View Post
    I do not see the map. Can you try attaching it again?

    Thanks!
    Trying again.

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