Boardwalk opens, allows foot access to new areas

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The new boardwalk along the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail opened Saturday.

Up until now, runners, walkers, and cyclists have been forced to face high traffic on East Riverside Drive to connect to the eastern portion of the trail.

The boardwalk shores up the 1.3-mile-long gap that was a half mile east and west of Interstate 35.

The idea for closing the gap was conceived 20 years ago. It wasn’t until the 2010 bond was passed that construction was able to start.

The Trail Foundation raised three million dollars in private funds and between the bonds and city funds the total cost of the project came to $27 million.

Those who take the new boardwalk will be able to see landscape that used to only be accessible by boat.

“What I think a lot of people didn’t know is that area below the Norwood Estate and dog park, that’s park land and it was park land before the lake was even impounded in the 1960s,” said Susan Rankin, the Trail Foundation executive director.

The boardwalk can be accessed at three different points; the Austin American Statesman, just past Joe’s Crab Shack near Blunn Creek, and near east Riverside Drive and Lakeshore Boulevard.

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