You may have noticed a flurry of construction in the area of the Mopac bridge over the Barton Creek Greenbelt. This is the start of a multi-phase project to provide a bicycle and pedestrian bridge over Barton Creek. For cyclists this will eliminate traversing a dangerous stretch of Mopac frontage road to get from south of the creek to downtown Austin.
Details of the plan are available on the Texas.gov website including diagrams and renderings of the final project. Here’s a look at what to expect when it’s done.
I took a ride along Barton Creek to look over the construction site and so far they’re only moving dirt, but it seems as though we should see bridge supports appearing soon. Curbs for the bike lanes on the South end turnaround are being installed now. This is going to be a great addition to Austin’s trail system.
During my ride I also checked out the swimming holes in my part of the creek. Twin Falls was barely flowing and the pool below was looking pretty dirty. Sculpture still had good flow and the swimming hole was clear. The Hill of Life dams are flowing well.
Finally, I’m starting to see a sure sign of spring, flowering Mexican buckeye. Here are some pics from my ride.