Improvements planned for Shoal Creek and Pease Park

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by JADE MINGUS / KVUE NEWS and Photojournalist SCOTT MCKENNEY

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Posted on January 28, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 28 at 7:41 PM

AUSTIN -- An area of Austin notorious for flooding is getting a multi-million dollar makeover. The City is improving a stretch of the Shoal Creek corridor from 28th to 15th streets including Pease Park.

One of the biggest concerns is erosion along the creek bank. To tackle this concern, the City is stabilizing 3,000 feet with limestone boulders and native vegetation. These improvements are expected to help trees in the area, especially the trees that have exposed roots because of erosion.

"If we don't do that, we will continue to lose trees and the trail system and the general availability of land," said Morgan Byars with the Austin's Watershed Protection Department.

Years of flooding have taken their toll on Shoal Creek, the worst happened on Memorial Day in 1981.

"I think it was the worst storm I've ever seen here in Austin," said resident Hartmut Schnell.

During the six million dollar improvement project, the City will replace decades old wastewater pipes that pose a danger to water safety.

"At extreme times they can overflow and we can end up with sewage in the creek," said Byars.

Improvements also include new walking and bike trails in the area.

The work is expected to begin this summer and should be finished by next summer.

The public will have one last chance to weigh in on the project Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Road, room 325.

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