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    I guess the only thing to complain about is the complainers who don't use it and think it's a waste of taxpayer money. It looks like they are doing an awesome job, but if I had no use for a bike path, I would be annoyed to see how elaborate and expensive it is. looks like it's going to be bomb-proof though, safe, and very accessible, so at least they are thinking long term and for a broad base of users.

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    It is far safer than bombing s lamar to get downtown.

    Its funny you say that, That's what I think of when I see that giant wall on Mopac. If I am a homeowner there, I just lost my view. I already knew the highway made noise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FJsnoozer View Post
    FYI, construction crew present told a colleague of mine to go ahead and ride across on MTB.
    Are you talking about the new bridge(s) that cross 360, or the large bridge across the greenbelt? It's been several days, but last time I was down there, the greenbelt bridge didn't have any railings to keep you from going over the side, had missing sections in the middle at it's highest points, and didn't extend all the way to the end on the south side (see pic). It was also pretty well blocked on the north side.

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    That looks like something Seth's Pool should drop.
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    this is project supervisor tom, who told me this bridge over the greenbelt is scheduled for completion in april. bridge over 360 is essentially done.

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    this is project supervisor tom, who told me this bridge over the greenbelt is scheduled for completion in april. bridge over 360 is essentially done.
    I can believe that. But I'd be highly surprised if a construction worker said that it's ready to be ridden across right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcfly View Post
    I can believe that. But I'd be highly surprised if a construction worker said that it's ready to be ridden across right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by latoaustin View Post
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    this is project supervisor tom, who told me this bridge over the greenbelt is scheduled for completion in april. bridge over 360 is essentially done.
    Looks like that bridge should be a little bit to the left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcfly View Post
    Are you talking about the new bridge(s) that cross 360, or the large bridge across the greenbelt? It's been several days, but last time I was down there, the greenbelt bridge didn't have any railings to keep you from going over the side, had missing sections in the middle at it's highest points, and didn't extend all the way to the end on the south side (see pic). It was also pretty well blocked on the north side.

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    I said MTB not road bike! You just need a little speed at the end.

    Quote Originally Posted by FJsnoozer View Post
    FYI, construction crew present told a colleague of mine to go ahead and ride across on MTB.

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    Handrails are up on the bridge over 360, and they're finishing the lighting trimout and landscaping on the "trail" (sidewalk) from that to Tuscan Terrace. Anyone been by the southern end of the bridge lately?
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    It looks like the city recently provided another update on the bridge progress: http://austintexas.gov/sites/default...r_Spring16.pdf

    This is from the main project page at MoPac Mobility Bridges | AustinTexas.gov - The Official Website of the City of Austin

    They are now targeting July for completion. I imagine all the rain has delayed the concrete work.

    Does anybody know if they are planning on installing bike lanes along the 290/mopac frontage roads south of the bridge so it, you know, goes somewhere? There are zero sidewalks or even shoulders just south of the bridge.

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    there is a huge shoulder going south on the east side of mopac to best buy and a dedicated lane crossing the bridge over mopac then traveling south that ends in front of La Quinta

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    Yeah, I use that bike lane from the Gaines Ranch condos and down the east shoulder all the time. Dunno why it doesn't extend further south, but the paved shoulder is huge and you can comfortably get to the Best Buy parking lot without getting killed. From there I usually cut behind BB to get to the front of Specs and the crosswalk on 71 into Sunset Valley is no big deal. If you're a roadie, heading west on SW Pkwy would suck, but there are easy trails into TC from the condos so I've never worried about it. There's talk of an even easier (paved or granite) path to bypass TC and cross SW Pkwy into Oak Hill but so far all I've seen is some mild complaining from TC folks that don't like it. (As if having bums living in the greenbelt is better than kids and cyclists!?)
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    I've got a mostly sidewalk route designed to get from William Cannon and Mopac to the new bridge. Goes along the west side of Mopac, in front of Target, cross 290, then turns east to cross the Mopac lanes to just behind Serranos, then north along sidewalk and wide shoulder to the bridge.

    I am not sure what the plan is on the east side in front of the La Quinta. Why are they developing the bike path to cross over Mopac to access literally nowhere to go? Hopefully there is sidewalk planned along the frontage road on that westside.

    And does anyone find it humorous that they are postponing completing the south end of the bridge? The beginning ends 20 feet in the air, making access to rogue bikers trying to use the bridge before it's ready impossible. Unless you bring a ladder. I say it's humorous because they know us too well!
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    did no one look at the map?

    I bet they curb that shoulder if they haven't already. Similar to what they did underneath the frontage rd on the north shore. Sorry I haven't ridden there yet.

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    There was talk of continuing the bike path all the way to the Y in Oak Hill. I don't *know* this is why they are planning the path on the west side of MOPAC, but it would make sense.
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    The Y to Barton Creek trail is in the planning stages now. https://austintexas.gov/ybctrail
    The city is looking at several options that I'm aware of, but I've not really looked into it for over 6 months. I know that most of the documents I've seen from the city show the trail coming down SW Parkway and just stopping about a mile from it's intersection with Mopac b/c they haven't made a decision on one of the following options:
    -taking the trail down the west side frontage road and crossing at the intersection of SW parkway. From there either down the south side of SW parkway on that old road or out to the 290 frontage (involves private land, building a bridge over Gaines Creek)
    -cutting the trail from Gaines Ranch loop into the Gaines Creek greenbelt and basically bulldozing the last 700 meters of sweet 16. (involves private land, a potential bridge over Gaines @ Republic of Texas?)
    -cutting the trail from Gaines Ranch loop over to Mesa Village Dr (in TC) (uses public land and TC streets to get folks over to SW parkway.)

    The path of least resistance is the 3rd option. That's all already city owned land and it's already graded. I'd think it would take a few dudes and a bobcat a week to get a crushed granite trail put in there. I don't see the city dropping the coin to bulldoze in the sensitive riparian areas along Gaines creek nor do I see them building infrastructure to take the trail down the frontage road and across that dangerous-ass intersection at SW Parkway. I'll be surprised if anything besides formalization and manicuring of those trails in the fields behind Gaines Creek Apartments happens.
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    unfortunately the scheduled completion date is in Aug...ugh..it can quit raining anytime now..

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    I like the rain. It keeps all the punks off the trails.
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