Courtesy of Dale Glover
A section of the Lady Bird Lake hike and bike trail in the vicinity of Red River and Rainey Street will be closed from April 19 to 29 while an asbestos coating is removed from a pedestrian bridge over Waller Creek. The abatement process is expected to last no more than two weeks, during which time the bridge will be closed to the public during normal business hours (8 a.m.-5p.m.). When work crews are present, the hike and bike trail will be detoured along an alternate route. Both the trail and bridge will be reopened at the end of each work day and on the weekend to minimize disruption.
In fall of 2010, the bridge will be renovated as part of the Waller Creek tunnel project. In preparation for this work, the City tested materials on the bridge to comply with state, local, and federal asbestos regulations. Test results showed that asbestos was present in a coating on the bottom of the bridge. To follow state and federal air quality regulations, the coating must be removed before it is disturbed during the renovation project.
The abatement team will follow stringent safety measures, including EPA-mandated plastic work barriers, to protect the public and the environment. For more information, please call 974-7139.