If you’ve been down to the hike & bike trail lately, you may have noticed some changes around the outlet of Waller Creek into Lady Bird Lake. For the past 3 years, there have been construction barricades and trail detours around the work site, where workers and equipment have been busy shaping the outlet for the Waller Creek Tunnel. Some of the barricades have been removed recently, giving us a glimpse of the site as it nears completion.
The project includes a 150 ft. diameter, 50 ft. deep lagoon adjacent to the mouth of Waller Creek, wetland and trail restoration, and a scenic overlook. Officials say that it will look like a natural wetland cove fringed by native vegetation when it’s completed.
Construction on the tunnel outlet started in the summer of 2012 and was originally scheduled to complete by the end of 2014. Unforeseen construction and weather delays have slowed down progress, but officials hope to have everything completed in the next couple of months.
The outlet is one part of the overall Waller Creek Tunnel project, which will take about 28 acres of land out of the 100-year floodplain, making that land prime for redevelopment. In addition, the Waller Creek Conservancy is overseeing a major redevelopment effort that includes a chain of parks stretching from Waterloo Park all the way down to Lady Bird Lake. Learn more about that effort at the Waller Creek Conservancy website.
Stay tuned to BuildingATX as we bring you more updates on everything related to the redevelopment of Waller Creek.