'Canopy' walkway connecting Fairmont Austin hotel to Austin Convention Center to be unveiled today

A sky bridge connecting the Fairmont Austin to the Austin Convention Center will be built by fall. It is the latest in a trend of such walkways in Austin.

A sky bridge connecting the Fairmont Austin to the Austin Convention Center will be built by fall. It is the latest in a trend of such walkways in Austin.

Designs for the latest in a trend of sky bridges being built in Austin are set to be unveiled today.

The under-construction Fairmont Austin, 101 Red River St., Austin, will feature the 33-foot elevated "canopy walk" connecting the hotel with the Austin Convention Center. The $6 million project will be constructed by mid-May, according to a news release. Details will be revealed at a Real Estate Council of Austin luncheon on Waller Creek today.

The walkway will enable Fairmont Austin hotel guests and the public to catch a glimpse of Waller Creek while traveling to and from the second level of the convention center.

Renderings of the sky bridge feature an open-air, winding path over Waller Creek.

The $370 million, 1,048-room Fairmont Austin is expected to be the largest hotel in Austin when it is fully built next year.
By JJ Velasquez
The Central Austin editor since 2016, JJ covers city government and other topics of community interest—when he's not editing the work of his prolific writers. He began his tenure at Community Impact Newspaper as the reporter for its San Marcos | Buda | Kyle edition covering local government and public education. The Laredo, Texas native is also a web developer whose mission is to make the internet a friendly place for finding objective and engaging news content.


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