Hike and Bike Trail detoured to repair damage from 2015 flooding

Detour in place until September. Dugan (KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The rising temperatures can be unbearable at times, but that hasn’t stopped active Austinites from using the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail. However, they’ll now notice a different route. A detour is in place that re-routes the hike and bike trail to Cesar Chavez Street as crews work to repair the Shoal Creek Peninsula.

The Shoal Creek Stabilization Project is working to repair the spillway on the peninsula by fixing any erosion issues. The project also includes landscaping the peninsula with native vegetation, but, ultimately and more importantly, making sure the area can withstand future flooding.

The section currently under repair was damaged by the 2015 Memorial Day Flood. The Watershed Department has waited to complete repairs because the damage sustained did not threaten public safety.  Officials say August is the best month to complete the work since there’s usually less traffic on the trail and Cesar Chavez Street.

Lisa Moore uses the trail daily to walk her dog, Henry, and says the detour is not a major inconvenience, but warning signs can be confusing. “I thought maybe this was for traffic and not for people,” says Moore.

Emily Gracier says she has noticed the damage and supports the repair, but there’s a definite difference when it comes to her exercises. “It kind of sucks because I’m running on pavement, I love running by the water and on the trail.” Repair work to the peninsula will be completed in September.

Repair work to the peninsula will be completed in September.

Crews repair damage from 2015 Memorial Day Floods (Dugan/KXAN)
Crews repair damage from 2015 Memorial Day Floods (Dugan/KXAN)

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