After beginning as a Feasibility Study in 2015, design is now complete and the Williamson County Brushy Creek Regional Trail Phase V project celebrated its groundbreaking earlier this month.
Planning for the ambitious Brushy Creek Regional Trail began in 2000, seeking to connect over 30 miles from Cedar Park to Hutto, Texas. The project has been constructed in phases through multiple jurisdictions over the years. The trail is currently 7-miles long and parallels Brushy Creek from Twin Lakes Park on US 183 in Cedar Park, Texas to its easternmost terminus along Hairy Man Road in Round Rock, Texas. The 1-mile Phase V segment is a critical and complex component of the trail because it connects right through the heart of Round Rock. RVi assisted with right-of-way acquisition from almost a dozen landowners along the trail corridor, facilitated public involvement, and developed the final design for the trail. The design is responsive to multiple challenging environmental conditions, including an elevated modular boardwalk over an existing wastewater line and sensitive habitat, as well as a 100 ft. steel pedestrian bridge to span the creek.
Partially funded by a Federal Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) grant, the project also had to undergo a full TxDOT PS&E Report and ENV review. Phase V is expected to be complete later this summer. Team members for the project included:
Landscape Architecture: RVi Planning + Landscape Architecture
Park Development Consultant: Jim Rodgers
Civil Engineering: Pape-Dawson Engineers
Environmental Engineering: Cambrian Environmental
Cultural Resources: Hicks & Company
General Contractor: Chasco Constructors
The Brushy Creek Regional Trail is open from sunrise to sunset and is free to use.