AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Waller Creek Conservancy said everything is on track for the flood control tunnel to be complete on time. The executive director of the group said this is necessary before any of the topical face lifts happen.
"We're envisioning a chain of parks and starting to begin the implementation and transformation of Waller Creek starting right here at Waterloo Park," said Stephanie Lee McDonald, the executive director of Waller Creek Conservancy.
She's referencing the construction of the flood control tunnel on Red River and East 12th streets. McDonald said everything is on schedule and within budget for the tunnel. It is expected to be operational near the start of 2015.
Construction on the mile-long tunnel which according to the Waller Creek Conservancy is 24 feet in diameter, broke ground in April 2011. It cost about $146.5 million for the city along with Travis County to get to that point to build it.
"There's not going to be a flood condition as often with this tunnel construction," said McDonald. She said because of the tunnel, this will allow them to make topical makeovers like a chain of parks, trails and restoring Waterloo Park.
In June, Austin City Council approved design plans for the all the new recreational spaces along Waller Creek. Waller Creek Conservancy said over the summer it will need at least $100 million to start it.
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