Last week, The Trail Foundation celebrated the groundbreaking of its Trail Bridge at Congress Avenue project aboard a boat on Lady Bird Lake near the construction site. The $2.5 million project, slated for completion this summer, will update a decades-old wooden bridge, add vital safety improvements, and create a scenic bat viewing area.
The current infrastructure underneath the north side of the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge will be replaced with a new 14-foot wide concrete and steel structure that extends over the water similar to the Boardwalk, which The Trail Foundation completed in 2014 in collaboration with the City of Austin.
In addition to the bat viewing area, the new 172-foot long pedestrian bridge will also enhance Trail safety for pedestrians and bicyclists by removing a blind curve on the existing structure, widening the pathway to allow cyclists and runners to pass each other safely without the risk of collision, making the area ADA-accessible, connecting the Trail to the Waller Creek area, and lowering the city’s maintenance costs.
There will be minimal disruption to the daily pedestrian activity in this area of the Trail. The Trail will remain until the new overwater route is completed, with a brief detour taking place near the end of the project.