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AUSTIN (KXAN) – If you ever jog or bike around Lady Bird Lake in Downtown Austin, get ready for some changes.
A much-delayed project to control erosion near Shoal Creek has finally neared completion.
Joggers on the Lady Bird Hike and Bike are enjoying a brand-new section of trail after being forced to divert to a busy section of Cesar Chavez for nearly one year. The delays that were put on the City of Austin project had some residents frustrated.
“I was told ‘oh yeah, yeah, it’s been much longer than we planned for it to be – but it would be open in two weeks, three weeks,'” Austin resident Wally Pliszka said. “Every time I called, it seemed to be another couple of weeks.”
Almost one full year after starting what was supposed to be a six-month project, the City is nearly done improving the Shoal Creek Peninsula.
The land is now better protected from floods and erosion.
Crews raised the elevation on the peninsula, “book ending” the fortified land with sturdy boulders.
Another thing you will notice along this recently-completed section of trail – orange fences. The City will continue to plant native vegetation inside of the fences over the next month, and then leave them up through the summertime until that vegetation can become well-established.