Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk

Austin, Texas

The Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake is an Austin treasure attracting more than 1.5 million visitors each year.  The 10.1 mile trail loop had a gap that forced bikers and hikers to travel off the trail for 1.1 miles.  In 2008, the Austin City Council agreed to fund design services to close the southeastern gap and complete a boardwalk to finish out the trail.

Encotech was retained to provide Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineering, as well as Cost Estimating services for the design of the boardwalk and trailhead facilities, including restrooms. 

The location of the boardwalk offered unique challenges that Encotech solved through a strategic design approach and strong coordination with stakeholders.  Electrical utility service access and safety were primary concerns.  The firm designed electrical plans to power the trails lighting fixtures illuminating the path and handrails, as well as a boat safety lighting plan and a safety call box layout plan.  Low ground-mounted lighting fixtures addressed trip hazard and safety concerns, and complemented the dense “forest feel” of the trail while preserving downtown views.