Two hiking and running trails in west Round Rock will be resurfaced beginning this month.
The Westside Trails Improvement Project will upgrade the Round Rock West Greenbelt—a 0.88-mile trail west of I-35 and north of McNeil Road—and portions of the Behrens Ranch Greenbelt—a 1.53-mile trail west of I-35 and north of Old Settlers Boulevard.
Runners have reported ankle and knee injuries from the poor conditions of the trails, Parks and Recreation Director Rick Atkins said in a June 27 presentation to City Council.
Round Rock West Greenbelt is showing signs of age and deterioration, Atkins said. Crews will replace asphalt trail with concrete to better withstand the aging process, he said.
Behrens Ranch Greenbelt, a decomposed granite trail, frequently experiences washouts during heavy rain, Atkins said. The west side of the trail, north and south of Behrens Parkway, will be replaced with concrete to prevent continuous maintenance.
“We hope that the lifespan on these will be significant,” Atkins said. “It’ll be a significant upgrade in appearance and usability as well.”
The improvement project is funded by the city’s 2014 bond and a parks improvement fund. Round Rock City Council awarded a $541,300 construction contract to Patin Construction LLC on June 27.
Repairs are expected to conclude by the end of October.