In September, the City of Austin is scheduled to begin widening the pedestrian bridge over Waller Creek on the Lady Bird Lake hike and bike trail as part of the Waller Creek Tunnel Project.
From September 27 to October 28, 2010, the bridge will be closed between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
From October 29 to December 21, 2010, the bridge will be closed 24 hours a day.
Although the City aims to minimize inconvenience to trail users, it is possible there may be future, intermittent closures as other tunnel construction projects begin. City staff has worked with the Trail Foundation to determine the safest and most convenient detour route. The trail will be detoured along the route shown in the attached graphic:
An information briefing will be held at Rogue Running, located at 500 San Marcos Street on Wednesday, Sept. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, contact Carolyn Perez at 974-7139.
The Waller Creek Tunnel Project is the very first step in transforming a part of Downtown Austin. The project is a storm water bypass tunnel that will capture and redirect flood waters south of 12th street and safely carry them to Lady Bird Lake. The project will begin in Waterloo Park where an inlet structure will take in flood waters and screen out trash and debris.
Additional inlets between 4th and 5th Streets and between 8th and 9th Streets will capture additional flood waters. The tunnel will help prevent severe flooding and stream bank erosion by controlling the volume of water in the creek. It will empty the diverted waters into a lagoon on the shores on the Lady Bird Lake.