This week, it got a little easier to bike in downtown Austin. After 37 years, the Shoal Creek Trail Gap Project is finally open to the public.
After being destroyed by a flood in 1981, the stretch of the Shoal Creek Trail from 5th Street to West Avenue reopened on last week. Although the actual stretch of trail is quite short, it provides an important connection point.
This of course, is a huge project that will take years to complete. In the interim, the Shoal Creek Conservancy plans on adding signage and wayfinding to trail (to make it easier to access and navigate), as well as building a protected, two-way bike line along Shoal Creek Boulevard from 38th Street to Foster Lane.
In addition to that, the Shoal Creek Conservancy has plans to transform the old railroad trestle at 3rd Street and West Avenue in downtown Austin into a pedestrian plaza (kind of like a mini High Line park).
Want to stay up-to-date on all the changes coming to Shoal Creek? You can check out the Shoal Creek Conservancy’s website here>>