The weather was nice yesterday so I headed out to the Barton Creek Greenbelt to see what’s new. As expected the creek is slowly drying up. There’s still decent flow at the Hill of Life dams but a very little at Sculptured Falls where the swimming hole is beginning to stagnate.
After a (not so) quick trip up the Hill of Life I rode down to check on the construction of the Mopac pedestrian bridge. There were workers in the creek bed working on what appeared to be large steel girders. No evidence of support columns yet.
Finally, I heard from a neighbor that the old Sweet Sixteen trail had been realigned, so I took a trip up it to see. Not only has the lower section been changed in places to make it more forgiving, but a new section has been added that terminates close to the 290/71 frontage road just behind the retention pond next to Specs. I didn’t see how the final connection was going to be made, but I suspect that it will follow the boundary of the retention pond out to the road. This is the new section of the Violet Crown Trail that I’ve been waiting for. It will continue down Brodie Lane from there. Here’s a look at the route.