Project to provide safer alternative for bicyclists, pedestrians across Barton Creek Greenbelt
AUSTIN — The next step to making Loop 1 (MoPac) more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly has begun. On Feb. 10, construction crews began building the new bicycle bridge over the Barton Creek Greenbelt, kicking off a safer alternative for cyclists traveling along MoPac.
The $7.7-million project will construct a bridge with a minimum 12-foot shared use path paralleling the MoPac travel lanes across the greenbelt, with connections to the frontage roads. Work will also include some road paving and striping along MoPac in the project area.
Initial construction will affect the crossover bridge on the south side of the creek at Gaines Ranch Road, as well as work along the existing shared use path into the greenbelt for construction of bridge supports. Extensive environmental controls and safeguards are going into effect for all work in this environmentally sensitive area.
The contractor is Austin Bridge & Road, of Dallas. The project is estimated to take 30 months to complete.
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