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Lady Bird Lake boardwalk project construction continues

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Construction continues on the long awaited boardwalk project on Lady Bird Lake. This week crews began clearing the tract near Norwood Park.

It took way longer than expected for construction crews to actually break ground on the project but now it looks like they're not just moving dirt. They're moving fast.

The pillars that would hold at least half of the 1.3 mile boardwalk project are quickly going up south of Lady Bird Lake.

"There is a pier being poured every 20 feet. It'll have a cross beam on top of it and some steel that expands between it, the surface itself will be made out of concrete planks," said David Taylor, the Boardwalk Project Manager.

He says while some crews work on the water- others are clearing out the brush near the Norwood tract.

It is there Mattie Matthaei house is located.

"To live here and be able to get downtown having to get on a street, how exciting is that?" said Matthaei.

Just down the road from her will be one of the new access points for the trail at Blunn Creek and it's a win, win for this trail goer.

"I drive down there park and hit the trail head which is a shame because it's 5 blocks away but I'm excited about that for the access and of course I think it will increase property value," she said.

The new entrance to the trail Matthaei says could also get rid of another issue-- transients who've set up camp in the woods just across her street.

Taylor says it's already happening as crews move in.

"We see that as we move in for construction they find other places to move to," he said.

The only downside to the Blunn Creek access point is there are no plans in the works to add any sort of parking space near the new access point.

Neighbors say it could be a problem on the already congested street.

"I would assume there are going to be more parking issues here like right now we don't have any," said Matthaei.

But it's a small price to pay she says to complete the 10.1 mile loop around the lake. Despite it's slow start, the project which is aimed at improving mobility, pedestrian and bicycle safety seems to be on schedule.

"At this point they are moving quite strongly along putting at least one pier in the water every day," Taylor said.

The project which was approved in the 2010 bond is expected to be completed in spring 2014.

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