This past Thursday, the Austin City Council approved the construction of
the $21 million dollar Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk.
The boardwalk is designed to bridge a 1.1 mile gap in the popular Hike
and Bike trail. Currently, the southern half of the trail ends a quarter
mile east of Congress Ave, forcing walkers and cyclists up onto narrow
sidewalks along Riverside Dr. The trail begins again a half-mile east of I-35.
The boardwalk will be 14 feet wide and supported by concrete columns spaced
20 feet apart. The four sections that stretch across water will typically
be 30 feet from the river bank and elevated six feet above the water level
to allow kayaks and other small water craft to travel underneath.
$17.4 million of the project budget was approved by Austin voters in a
2010 bond election. Another $5.8 million is being reallocated from a city
road improvement project and $3 million has been donated by the non-profit
During busy times, the Hike and Bike Trail has 15,000 users daily. It was
originally conceived only for recreational purposes but has now become
a major component of the Austin transportation grid. With more and more
people biking and walking to work, providing safe spaces for non-motorized
traffic is a growing concern for city planners.
Construction on the boardwalk should begin this August. The boardwalk is
scheduled to be completed by February 2014.
Kyle Law Firm, we’re delighted that the long-awaited boardwalk is finally getting
underway. Investing in safe, urban transportation now is a great way to
reduce the risk of life-threatening
bicycle and pedestrian accidents in the future.
In 2011, over 20 pedestrians and one bicyclist were killed in accidents
around the Austin area. Hundreds of others were seriously injured in collisions
with negligent and irresponsible drivers.
If you’ve been injured in an accident on the Hike and Bike Trail
or anywhere in Austin, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical
bills and lost working hours.
Contact the Kyle Law Firm today to receive a free consultation and find out what you can do to protect