Rain stalls portion of Waller Creek Tunnel project

Waller Creek Tunnel dam construction (Amanda Dugan/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The flood protection portion of the Waller Creek Tunnel was expected to open this month, but flooding because of recent storms is causing work on this portion of the project to be pushed back until next month.

Crews are working to build a dam in Waterloo Park, but they recently stopped work because of rain. For those wondering, contractors do build “rain days” into the construction schedule.

The Waller Creek Tunnel broke ground in 2011. The project includes the intake facility in Waterloo Park, inlets, the tunnel itself and the outlet structure on Lady Bird Lake. All of these work together to achieve the overall vision — eventually making it more of a vibrant destination.

City of Austin spokeswoman Carolyn Perez said crews are actively working to get as much of the project completed, even with Mother Nature throwing many rainy days in the forecast.

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“We’ve got crews working now, even with the rain,” she said. “There is a lot of parts to this project that the rain does not have any impact on. We’ve got them working on landscaping, there are roads being constructed, working on the inlet structure, the building itself. They are able to work on that, even despite the rain.”

The overall project is expected to be completed and open to the public in 2016.

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