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Five ways to make Pleasant Valley river crossing more pleasant

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Austin Transportation is collecting feedback on options to help pedestrians and bicyclists cross Lady Bird Lake at Longhorn Dam in East Austin. With the current bridge serving as a subpar north-south connection of the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail, public feedback so far suggests trail connectivity is a top priority for any new bike and pedestrian bridge. Having introduced the project in a public meeting in November 2018, ATD hosted its second public meeting on Monday evening at Edward Rendon Sr. Park. The public was presented with five alternatives for the new connection, all drafted by local design firm McCann Adams Studio. The five projects range in estimated cost from $10.6 to $14.5 million and each provides a shared-use connection between the south shore and the intersection at North Pleasant Valley Road and Canterbury Street. With project funding still an open question, ATD also presented several short-term safety improvements to the existing bridge with funding available from the 2016 Mobility Bond Bikeways program. The public can submit feedback on the alternatives in an online survey through July 10. Find the survey, the proposed alternatives and more information at the city’s website.

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