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Old 04-13-2019, 07:18 AM
 
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Anyone know what's going on with Waterloo Park? I drive past it every week, and it has been under construction for years - like maybe 7 years. Still nothing but a fence and barbed wire. I know there was a big debacle with it being too tall and having to be torn down and built again, but this seems ridiculous. The entire Dell SETON Medical Center was built during this time. I haven't heard anything about it in a while, and the latest article I found was over a year old.
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Old 04-13-2019, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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Oh google. You’re my friend. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.sta...emplate=ampart
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Old 04-13-2019, 10:27 AM
 
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Oh google. You’re my friend. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.sta...emplate=ampart
I know what the end result will be, I'm wondering why it's been about 7 years and it's still not done. Doesn't even seem close to done. As I mentioned, I know there was a big mess where they actually had to tear down and rebuild part of it, but even that was 5 years ago.
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Old 04-13-2019, 10:32 AM
 
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I know what the end result will be, I'm wondering why it's been about 7 years and it's still not done. Doesn't even seem close to done. As I mentioned, I know there was a big mess where they actually had to tear down and rebuild part of it, but even that was 5 years ago.
if you read the article, it is closed because they were using it as staging to build the intake for the waller creek tunnel.

Now that the tunnel is done they will begin working on the park itself.

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Waterloo Park, which spans 11 acres, has mostly been off-limits in recent years while crews worked on an intake building for the Waller Creek tunnel, a massive project aimed at taking a large chunk of downtown out of the flood plain.
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Old 04-13-2019, 11:16 AM
 
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if you read the article, it is closed because they were using it as staging to build the intake for the waller creek tunnel.

Now that the tunnel is done they will begin working on the park itself.
No one else thinks that taking about 7 years to do that is a bit ridiculous?
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Old 04-13-2019, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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No one else thinks that taking about 7 years to do that is a bit ridiculous?

I do.
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Old 04-13-2019, 04:08 PM
 
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No one else thinks that taking about 7 years to do that is a bit ridiculous?
Here is why they had to rebuild it.

https://www.statesman.com/article/20...NEWS/306079724

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The design plans for an intake facility for a $149 million Waller Creek flood-control tunnel were finished three years ago. But it wasn’t until late March, halfway through construction, that Austin city officials suddenly realized the two-and-a-half story facility would violate state law by obstructing views of the Capitol.

Parts of the intake facility, located in Waterloo Park just east of the Capitol, were already nearly 32 feet tall — 16 feet too tall for the Capitol view corridor — so the city halted construction.
Everyone else always thinks they can do better. Projects are hard and sometimes mistakes are made, bad things happen, or unforseen issues come up.
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Old 04-13-2019, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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The Statesman articles are behind a paywall so I don't read them. (I have other news sources that I budget for.) However, does it say who is paying for that ignoring of the requirements (the Capitol view corridor has been in place since before I came to Austin, so likely longer than most of the people working on it have been on the planet - it's not like it's something new they forgot about).
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Old 04-13-2019, 05:06 PM
 
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Here is why they had to rebuild it.

https://www.statesman.com/article/20...NEWS/306079724



Everyone else always thinks they can do better. Projects are hard and sometimes mistakes are made, bad things happen, or unforseen issues come up.
Yes, that's the delay I mentioned. But even that happened 5 years ago. Still seems like a ridiculously long time.
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Old 04-13-2019, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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Same folks who are working on the highways "down south" ???




Suddenly they realized....dang.
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