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Posted: 1:14 p.m. Thursday, July 10, 2014

Trail detour along North Lamar Boulevard 


Trail closures along Lamar Boulevard
City of Austin
Crews are working to stabilize the banks of Shoal Creek, which are eroding.

By Pam LeBlanc

Heads up, bicycle commuters.

A pedestrian and bicycle detour is now in place along the Lamar Boulevard between 15th and 28th streets, while crews work to stabilize the banks of Shoal Creek and do some trail work.

The detour is expected to last six to eight weeks. Bicyclists and pedestrians are being directed off the sidewalk along Lamar Boulevard and onto the trail through Pease Park. The work is part of project that aims to stop erosion, improve the quality of stormwater runoff and restore native vegetation along the creek corridor.

Crews will stabilize about 3,000 feet of the creek, install rock creek crossings, extend a pervious paved trail from 24th Street to Shoal Creek Boulevard and add a new bikeway under the 24th Street Bridge along Lamar. They'll also put in infiltration areas and vegetated swales in Pease Park to better manage stormwater runoff, remove 1,900 feet of old wastewater line from Shoal Creek and put in a new wastewater line under North Lamar Boulevard.

The entire project is expected to wrap up by winter 2016.

Pam LeBlanc

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Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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