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1604 connector to Eisenhower Park construction is making progress

24 Aug 2019

Following the official opening of the 1604 trailhead of the Salado Creek Greenway on 2 August, work continued on the connector to Eisenhower Park. The 3.5-mile (5.6-km) trek ended at a gate near Northwest Military Road, located across from the main entrance of Eisenhower Park. On 6 Oct 2019, we took additional photos of the progress.

New concrete had been poured along Salado Creek New concrete—Photo: SRR

A new bridge for a tributary of Salado Creek New bridge over a tributary—Photo: SRR

A new bridge over Salado Creek New bridge over Salado Creek—Photo: SRR

Earlier photos were taken in August.

Bluffs of Medicine Wall Bluffs of Medicine Wall—Photo: SRR

With the aid of a Cannondale Rush 2 mountain bike, the eyes of our camera captured the progress along a path that was once a mountain bike trail along the Medicine Wall bluffs of Salado Creek. MTB cyclists have enjoyed the rugged Medicine Wall trail over the years. Along its path is an old shack; an MTB rider reported that an abandoned car sat there for years shot up with bullet holes.

Shack jokingly deemed as Creepy Air Bed and Breakfast with luxury suites Shack with Creepy Air Bed and Breakfast sign—Photo: SRR

Even though it is apparent that the connector from 1604 to Eisenhower is going well, not so with the connector from Leon Creek to the park. There are septic issues below ground that called for re-engineering the work. The Leon Creek Greenway is complete to the backside of The Ricchi, a condominium complex. It ends approximately 1500 feet (457.20 m) short of Eisenhower Park. It is noted at the 1604 trailhead that its connector to Eisenhower will be forthcoming during summer 2020.

Construction management shack at Eisenhower Park
Construction manager's shack at Eisenhower Park—Photo: SRR

An approximate 15-foot (4.57-m) wide path had been graded to accommodate a greenway pavement that usually is 10 feet (3 m) wide. Further down, the classic stone blocks now used on the greenway trails have been delivered for retainer wall construction.

Part of trail had already been built
Part of trail had already been built as shown here with new concrete—Photo: SRR

Just beyond the trailhead, stakes and foundation construction have been started in areas near the Loop 1604 bridges.

Survey stakes for greenway continuation
Survey stakes for greenway continuation from 1604 Trailhead—Photo: SRR

View of path from new trailhead
View of path from new trailhead—Photo: SRR

Updated from 24 Aug 2019 and 24 Jul 2019
—SRR News Services

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