Earlier in July, the newest section of the Brushy Creek Regional Trail opened to the public in Round Rock, Texas. The new 0.9-mile out-and-back segment starts near the shore of Brushy Creek at the northwest corner of the Creekside Plaza Shopping Center at Chisholm Trail. Construction funding came from an award by CAMPO through the Transportation Alternative Program from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), with funding administered by TxDOT.
The design is responsive to multiple challenging environmental conditions, including floodplain, sensitive habitat, and an existing exposed wastewater line, all within a very limited trail easement. The design solutions included elevating the trail with a modular concrete boardwalk that straddled the wastewater line thereby hiding it, as well as three natural bottom flumes to allow for the habitat conditions of numerous natural springs to have a continuity of flow under the trail to the creek. The design also includes a 100-foot Corten steel pedestrian bridge spanning Brushy Creek. Construction began in 2018 by Chasco Constructors, who went above and beyond throughout construction to make the finished trail a truly exciting experience.
While this new segment does not currently connect to the rest of the Brushy Creek Regional Trail, RVi has been awarded the next phase of development, which is funded through the voter-approved 2019 Williamson County park bonds. This next phase will connect to the existing Brushy Creek Trail at Hairy Man Road. Although these two sections are together less than 3 miles, they are some of the most challenging, complex, and critical portions of the Regional Trail system. RVi’s design team, which includes Pape Dawson, Cambrian Environmental, and Inland Geodetics, loves a good challenge and is excited to get started on the remaining connection.
Once complete, the Brushy Creek Regional Trail will span across multiple jurisdictions establishing 30+ miles of trail connection from Cedar Park to Hutto. Presently, the trail is about 8 miles long and parallels Brushy Creek from Twin Lakes Park on US 183 in Cedar Park to its easternmost terminus along Hairy Man Road in Round Rock.
Also, thank you to Williamson County for putting together this amazing video for the ribbon cutting!