Major Cypress & Shoal Trail Investment Approved!
December 15, 2023 | By Shoal Creek Conservancy
This week the Austin City Council voted to allocate millions of dollars from the now-closed Seaholm Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone to support mobility projects around Shoal Creek and 3rd Street. This historic funding opportunity will support a wider, safer bike and pedestrian bridge over Shoal Creek, the continuation of the east/west Lance Armstrong Bikeway over Shoal Creek, a new segment of the Shoal Creek Trail that will pass under the pedestrian bridge, and further studies to acquire and rehabilitate the century-old train trestle over Shoal Creek.
This is a critical connection in the city’s multimodal network and a major priority in the Shoal Creek Trail Plan and the Cypress and Shoal Creek Public Space Strategy. Thank you to Mayor Watson, Council and partners for supporting this investment for active transportation improvements in the area, and we look forward to sharing more as the work develops.
The Cypress & Shoal Creek Public Space Strategy represents an important step in the implementation of the Shoal Creek Trail Plan, a community-guided vision for the future of the Shoal Creek Trail. Completed in 2018 with input from 100+ community groups, the Trail Plan calls for a seamless, connected pathway of hike-and-bike trails along the 11-mile Shoal Creek corridor and connections to other trails citywide. Ultimately, Shoal Creek will become part of the Big Loop, a 30-mile loop of trails and bikeways traversing the city. Improvements to the Cypress & Shoal Creek area emerged on the Trail Plan’s list of the top 5 stakeholder-identified priority projects.