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Final phase of Waller Creek tunnel to be done by end of August

The Waller Creek tunnel project is set to be done by the end of August, and that could bring more development along the creek. (Photo: CBS Austin)

The Waller Creek tunnel project is set to be done by the end of August, and that could bring more development along the creek.

According to the Austin Public Works Department, the Waller Creek tunnel is working already and the final phase of the project will be done by the end of August.

That could bring extra development along Waller Creek as the flood plain goes down.

According to a Waller Creek progress report in July, there are a lot of developments in the works along the creek. That includes an apartment tower on 11th and I-35 that could break ground later this year.

Other developments include towers on Rainey Street and on Red River and 12th Street. To read the progress report click here.

That progress report also shows an update to Waterloo Park where the structured lawn is set to be completed. Other designs are in the works for the other parts of the park, but it won’t be completed until 2020.

“I’m very surprised that it’s taken this long especially with the amount that’s been invested that they would be still this delayed in the process. It just seems like by now they should have almost a completed project,” founder of the ME3LJ Center Latreese Cooke said.

Cooke said they moved into their building off 15th and Red River four years ago. That whole time Waterloo Park has been under construction.

The fence separating the construction lowers the visibility in the area, making her feel less safe at night.

“It can be a little bit unnerving that that’s been there that long and it is a blind side for those of us that work over here,” Cooke said.

As a non-profit that helps people released from jail, she said they’d like to see the park opened up.

“Everything about where we are located actually can be an enhancement to someone who hasn’t had the ability to enjoy those type of niceties,” Cooke said.

That’s because currently they see barbed wire again. Opening it up would mean a lot.

“It gives them a real sense of the city’s caring for them just by them having accessibility from this location,” Cooke said.

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