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Chad Swiatecki is a 20-year journalist who relocated to Austin from his home state of Michigan in 2008. He most enjoys covering the intersection of arts, business and local/state politics. He has written for Rolling Stone, Spin, New York Daily News, Texas Monthly, Austin American-Statesman and many other regional and national outlets.
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Mearns Meadow construction has begun
The start of construction on the Little Walnut Creek flood risk reduction project has caused the closure of Mearns Meadow Boulevard from Rutland Drive to Parkfield Drive through next spring, when work on the first phase is scheduled to conclude. The project, which is expected to last until early 2026, is intended to reduce flooding for homes and roads near the creek, with the city’s Capital Delivery Services and Watershed Protection Department collaborating to manage the work. Crews will excavate a 20-foot-deep trench along Mearns Meadow Boulevard to install concrete box culverts measuring 13 feet by 10 feet, diverting floodwater under Mearns Meadow Boulevard from Quail Valley Boulevard to the Mearns Meadow Detention Pond in Quail Creek Park. More information on the project is available online.
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