The city of Bee Cave can now apply for a $14 million grant from the Texas Department of Transportation for their hike and bike connectivity plan following City Council’s approval of plan changes Jan. 24.

Council adopted the hike and bike, and connectivity plan in 2016 to help connect roads for walkers, runners, cyclists, hikers and other nonmotorized vehicle users.

As part of the amendment approved Jan. 24, the proposed crossing for pedestrians will be deleted from the plan, and a pedestrian bridge will be added north of the RM 620 and Bee Cave Parkway intersection. A pedestrian crossing near Spanish Oaks Club Boulevard will also become a bridge.

The intersection of Hwy. 71 and Cross Town Parkway will also be either a pedestrian crossing or an above-grade bridge when fully built.

Additional changes to the plan include creating a pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Bee Cave Parkway and Willie Way as well as connecting paths on the north side of Bee Cave Parkway.

The application for funding is a two-part process, Assistant City Manager Lindsey Oskoui said. Bee Cave city staff will be able to start the second part of the application in March, and TxDOT officials will inform the city of its decision in October.

If Bee Cave receives the grant money, staff will likely start creating designs for the new structures in summer 2024, Oskoui said.