Stephanie Lott, Public Information Specialist Senior, City of Austin
This project is designed to improve the storm drain infrastructure in the Allandale neighborhood and reduce instances of localized flooding. The bulk of the work consists of laying big, concrete pipes underneath the streets to carry storm water to Shoal Creek when it rains. Construction is roughly one fifth to one quarter done.
Progress to Date: Up to this point, the contractor has been working on the outfall structure, where water releases into Shoal Creek, and relocating water and wastewater lines. These lines needed to be moved to make space for the new storm drain pipes. The work on the outfall should be finished near the beginning of May, and the contractor will be able to start restoring the park to its original condition.
Bull Creek Road: Beginning in early April, the contractor will be laying the box culvert (a large, rectangular, concrete pipe) underneath Bull Creek Road, starting at the intersection with Shoal Creek Boulevard and heading northwards. This involves digging a very large hole in the road. Please expect a lot of loud equipment for this work. If you live on Bull Creek Road, your driveway may be blocked off for up to two days when the work is directly in front of your house. We will notify you in advance.
In addition, Texas Gas Service will begin moving its gas lines on Bull Creek Road from Shoal Creek Boulevard to White Horse Trail in early April. Like the water and wastewater lines, these lines need to be moved in order to make room for the new storm drain pipes. This work will involve digging up the street to access the underground gas lines.
Bullard Drive: Work has begun on a new outfall on Shoal Creek, roughly at the intersection of Bullard Drive and Carleen Drive. The first task now underway is moving a wastewater line. This intersection will be closed for up to four months for the work on this outfall.
Shoal Creek Boulevard/Bull Creek Road intersection: Weekend work will continue on the intersection of Bull Creek Road and Shoal Creek Boulevard. The intersection will be closed for the weekends of April 2 and 3 and April 9 and 10. In addition, there is a possibility that we may need to close it for a fifth weekend, that of April 16 and 17. For your own safety, please observe the detour signs whether you are in a car, on a bike or on foot. The intersection is completely impassible while work is in progress. For more information about this project, please visit the web site at www.cityofaustin.org/watershed/flood_allandale.htm.