AUSTIN (KXAN/AP) - An email Tuesday morning from city officials indicates Barton Springs Pool will open for swimmers beginning Saturday.
The popular swimming hole has been closed since December while crews worked to fix leaks and deterioration in an old tunnel as part of Phase 2 of the project.
The city started the first phase of construction last October in hopes of completing everything by the time the weather warmed up, but crews were thrown off schedule after problems drilling through tough rocks that took longer than expected.
Repairs to the Barton Springs bypass culvert and downstream dam are nearly complete, however.
In-Depth: About the bypass
The bypass is a concrete box culvert that allows both the normal flow of Barton Creek and frequent small floods to go around the swimming area, protecting the water quality of the pool. The sidewalk on the north side of Barton Springs Pool is actually the top of the bypass culvert.
The bypass was built in the 1970s and has come to the end of its expected life. Left unrepaired, its condition will continue to deteriorate and could threaten the pool.
In-Depth: Barton Springs salamanders
Experts say the bypass culvert helps protect the water quality in Barton Springs, which is also home to endangered salamanders. The pool will also have updates to help protect the creatures.
The pool is fed by underground springs, which is the perfect home for endangered Barton Springs salamander and the Austin blind salamander — which is a candidate species for endangered listing.
Biologists will continue to monitor the salamanders at the pool.
More than 100 trees covered in lights now shine bright throughout Zilker Park. The Trail of Lights is open for another season.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Travis County non-profit Center for Child Protection will benefit next March from an all day fundraiser at the Circuit of the Americas that will see plenty of donors racing on the track.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
Santa visited Austin early on Sunday, joining hundreds of motorcyclists for their annual Toy Run.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.