The long-awaited Shoal Creek hike and bike trail bypass of 24th Street has finally opened.

I glided along the smooth new trail, which parallels Lamar Boulevard, on my way to work this morning. It’s been a long time coming.

The trail is part of the $9.5-million Shoal Creek Restoration project between 15th and 28th streets, which includes about 3,000 linear feet of stream bank stabilization, relocation of waste water lines from the creek channel into the Lamar Boulevard right of way, and park trail improvements.

The project began in April 2014. It’s a collaborative between the Watershed Protection Department, Parks and Recreation Department, Austin Water Utility and Public Works Neighborhood Connectivity Division. (Read more here.)

Crews will continue to work on invasive plant species removal and landscaping.