AUSTIN (KXAN) — The City of Austin is making progress on plans to expand a new urban route in East Austin. The city is now asking residents to evaluate the project.
The MoKan Trail Preliminary Engineering Phase Virtual Open House, which launched Monday, features recommendations for trail alignment and design features. The open house is available online in English and Spanish 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The open house will end on Sunday 23rd April.
Its focus is on six segments of the 0.75-mile trail extension between North Pleasant Valley Road and Springdale Road, each with unique design considerations and challenges.
Illustrated map of project limits. Austin Public Works is currently seeking feedback on the red segment. (Courtesy: Austin Public Works)
Surveys in English and Spanish invite feedback on proposed design solutions for each segment and are included as part of the online open house.
“I am pleased to see the Austin Mobility Bond dollars put to good use in East Austin,” said José Velásquez, District 3 Council Member. “Investing in trails is critical to achieving our city’s mobility goals at walking, cycling and public transport. We need residents to be involved to make this journey the best it can be.”
Residents will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback in person to the MoKan Trail project team on the following dates:
“It’s important to us to engage the public early in the project process so they can make meaningful input,” said Acting Austin Public Works Director James Snow. “And we want to make every effort to meet people where they are, rather than asking them to come to us.”
The existing section of the MoKan Trail between Shady Lane and Springdale Road. (Courtesy: Austin Public Works)
According to Austin Public Works, when completed, the entire 1.5-mile MoKan Trail will connect an existing protected bike path on Pedernales Street to the Southern Walnut Creek Trail system. The trail will also connect to the Project Connect Green Line Pleasant Valley transfer station.
Austin Public Works’ Urban Trails program is managing the project through all phases of design, construction and inspection. Funding sources for the path include the voter-approved Mobility Bond 2020 and $1 million in federal funding for community projects secured by Congressman Lloyd Doggett.
Residents can learn more and sign up for project updates at the project website: AustinTexas.gov/MoKanTrail.