Next phase of Bee Cave hike and bike trails receives council approval

Bee Cave City Council approved April 13 constructing trails to connect the Ladera neighborhood in west Bee Cave with commercial areas at RM 620 and Ladera Boulevard. (Courtesy city of Bee Cave)
Bee Cave City Council approved April 13 constructing trails to connect the Ladera neighborhood in west Bee Cave with commercial areas at RM 620 and Ladera Boulevard. (Courtesy city of Bee Cave)

Bee Cave City Council approved April 13 constructing trails to connect the Ladera neighborhood in west Bee Cave with commercial areas at RM 620 and Ladera Boulevard. (Courtesy city of Bee Cave)

Bee Cave City Council members unanimously approved April 13 a $1.12 million bid to construct an additional phase of its hike and bike trail system.

The winning bid is from Smith Contracting Co. of Austin to build 10-foot-wide concrete trail segments, according to city documents. Beginning in May, the segments will be built in the following areas:

• a half-mile shared use path from Falconhead Boulevard to Lake Travis High School;

• a shared use path along Ladera Boulevard that includes a quarter-mile segment running between Willie Way and an area east near an existing Chick-Fil-A restaurant;

• a shared use path along the north and south sides of Bee Cave Parkway, connecting pedestrians from RM 620 to Central Park.


Three alternate projects likely to be included when work begins are:

•a small public parking lot near the A+ Credit Union off RM 620;

•a near half-mile trail improvement north of the Hill Country Galleria and on the south side of Bee Cave Parkway from Vista Ridge to Market Street; and

•the upgrading of specific trails in and near the Shops at the Galleria.

Alternate projects will proceed as required city easements are negotiated and finalized–typically at very little or no cost to the city, city staff told council. Any unspent funds from the bid can be rolled over into future trail construction phases, said City Manager Clint Garza.

In unanimously approving the trail work, Mayor Kara King and council member Andrea Willott said they were happy that residents of the Ladera neighborhood in western Bee Cave will now have pedestrian access to the commercial areas northeast at Ladera Boulevard and RM 620.

“This is so exciting for Ladera because not only do they now have their stop signs that they wanted for so long, but now they are going to be able to stay off the street when they walk down there,” Willott said. “So I am really very happy about this.”

In other business, the Bee Cave council had a lengthy public discussion concerning The Homestead neighborhood and the possibility of constructing an alternative, emergency access to the area that today is accessible by a single low-water crossing.

Such an access only would be used when the city was responding to a major medical emergency or large public hazard, such as a wildfire in The Homestead, while also simultaneously dealing with flooding at the nearby low-water crossing at Great Divide and Little Barton Creek.

However, Garza told council that multiple discussions with area landowners around The Homestead to date have not produced good options for pursuing the right-of-way for such an emergency access route, and that property owners did not want to work with the city on an emergency route instead of the city building a bridge to better withstand flooding at Great Divide Drive and Little Barton Creek.

“The property owners who would be affected by the easement for emergency access did not want to be the solution to the problem,” Garza said. “If the problem was access during a flood, they didn’t want to be the only solution.”

In other business, Bee Cave city council members:

• Approved an interlocal agreement with the City of Lakeway and the Village of the Hills to hire an emergency management coordinator for the region. The City of Bee Cave will contribute about $21,000 annually to fund the position;

• Agreed to sell four small segments of land totaling about 1.27 acres along RM 620 and Bee Cave Parkway and RM 620 and Hwy 71. The transaction is with the Texas Department of Transportation and is intended for future right-of-way needed by the state whenever it begins widening RM 620;

• Voted to set up a committee to interview and hire a replacement for Gary Miller, who has announced his pending retirement as Bee Cave chief of police.
By Greg Perliski
Greg edits Community Impact Newspaper's Lakeway/Lake Travis and Northwest Austin editions. During the course of his diverse career, he has written for newspapers, online publications and corporate communications teams. He earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin. You can reach him at gperliski@communityimpact.com


MOST RECENT

The city of Austin's Smart Mobility Office has partnered with Ford on self-driving vehicle initiatives. (Courtesy Ford Motor Company)
Austin's transportation department paving the way for rise in autonomous vehicle traffic

Several private companies are working on autonomous vehicle initiatives in Austin in addition to the city's own smart infrastructure planning.

Eanes ISD's diversity, equity and inclusion consultant presented the results of a district survey during a May 11 meeting. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Eanes ISD reflects on a year of diversity, equity and inclusion work

Mark Gooden, Eanes ISD’s diversity, equity and inclusion or DEI consultant, provided trustees with an update on the district’s DEI work during a May 11 board meeting.

Goodfolks plans to open in late July to early August. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
New restaurant coming to Georgetown; new Hutto community to have nearly 1K lots and more top Central Texas news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from Central Texas.

Leander ISD
Leander ISD sets district mission statement

This district did not have an existing mission statement.

COVID-19 precautions such as a masking requirement remain in place at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. (Courtesy Austin-Bergstrom International Airport)
'Signs of hope' on the horizon at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport after year-plus dip in air travel

Rising passenger counts, new airline operations and an increase in vaccinations could all support the airport's recovery in 2021.

Outgoing Mayor Sandy Cox May 13 gave her final video address to the citizens of Lakeway. (Courtesy City of Lakeway)
In final video address, outgoing Lakeway mayor reviews city accomplishments

Sandy Cox said she is honored to have served the City of Lakeway.

The Lake Travis Community Library is now open to the public. (Courtesy Lake Travis Community Library)
Lake Travis Community Library opens its doors to the public

The library welcomed back Lake Travis community members in May.

masks
CDC ends all mask requirements for fully vaccinated people

The guidance states fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors.

West Lake Hills City Council welcomed a new member May 13. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
West Lake Hills welcomes new council member, selects mayor pro tem

West Lake Hills welcomed longtime resident Gordon Bowman to the council and selected a new mayor pro tem during the May 13 meeting.