City approves $1.8M to pay legal fees tied to issue with Waller Creek Tunnel project

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The City of Austin recently learned the design of the inlet facility for the Waller Creek Tunnel project sits partially in the Waterloo Park Capitol View Corridor, according to the city manager’s office.

When the issue was discovered the city put a stop to further work on that portion of the project.

wallercreekCity council members on Thursday approved spending no more than $1.8 million for legal fees with the firm Reeves & Brightwell. The city manager’s office says the firm has been hired to protect the city as they work towards a solution.

“It is our sincere hope that our consulting engineers will work cooperatively and efficiently with the City to rectify this situation, and that the City will not be required to spend the bulk of the attorney fees that Council has authorized today,” a statement from the city manager’s office said.

The plan was created by Espey and Kellogg Brown and Root, the hired engineering consultants for the project. Engineers will now be expected to work on a redesign which will be in compliance with the corridor laws, the city says.

The Waller Creek Tunnel project is expected to be completed this year.

The project has never stayed within budget. Originally approved as a $25 million deal in 1998, it has ended up a $149 million project.

Preservation Texas says there are 30 corridors that have limits with how high structures can stand so they don’t block the view of the state Capitol.

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