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Joint committee hears plan for Lady Bird Lake boardwalk
Thursday, January 29, 2009 by Austin Monitor
The latest concept plan for the boardwalk trail at
The audience – many of them residents in the 48-unit condominium project at 1818 Lakeshore – far outnumbered the pair of commissioners at the meeting – Mary Ann Neely and Linda Guerrero. Engineer David Taylor of Carter Burgess laid out a broad plan for the boardwalk, which will cross a tricky combination of water, public land and private property between the Austin American-Statesman building and Lakeshore Point at
Residents of developments along the water want to make sure their lakeside views are preserved. And environmentalists want to minimize the impact of the structure, which is described as concrete pier foundations with a steel structure, a concrete plank deck, relatively transparent handrails and low -level lighting.
Preliminary work would suggest the route could be accomplished on land between the Statesman, past the soon-to-be-redeveloped 222 and 300 Riverside sites up to
The alignment of a third section would pass various developments and would require land, parallel to
At that point, the trail crosses under Interstate 35 at
Then, in a final segment, it’s a jog out into the water due to a boat launch at
The work on the trail is still in its earliest phases, with more specific engineering work occurring through the spring.
The city has set aside $1.8 million for preliminary engineering. Another $2.5 million has been set aside for construction from another project, said Stuart Strong. Strong said the boardwalk was a part of the city’s suggested projects for the impending stimulus package, meaning it would have to be ready to go to construction sometime in the current fiscal year to meet proposed requirements.
Members of the Parks Board have expressed a strong commitment to this boardwalk – both because property owners have come forward to donate significant right-of-way along the shoreline and because the trail connection would complete Lady Bird Johnson’s vision for the former Town Lake, now named in her honor.
Engineering will continue into the spring.
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