Thursday, May 4, 2023

Ribbon Cutting to Celebrate Completion of Copperfield Connector Trail


New Copperfield Connector Trail

Who: Congressman Doggett, Council Member Harper-Madison, Representatives from Pflugerville Independent School District (PfISD) and the City of Austin.
Where: Copperfield Connector, just north of Peggotty Place on Thompkins Drive.
When: Friday, May 5th at 10:00 a.m.

The City of Austin invites media to join Congressman Lloyd Doggett, Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison, and staff of PfISD and the City of Austin, as they celebrate the completion of the Copperfield Connector Trail.

Remarks will begin at 10 a.m., followed by a ribbon cutting and a ballet folklorico performance. Students of Copperfield Elementary, neighbors, and Austin residents will be in attendance.

People riding on new Copperfield Connector Trail
The new Copperfield Connector Trail

The Copperfield Connector Trail was constructed in partnership with the City of Austin’s Urban Trails, Safe Routes to School, and Sidewalks and Special Projects Programs, in coordination with Pflugerville ISD. The 12-15 foot wide concrete trail connects Thompkins Drive to Shropshire Lane. The connector trail is less than a quarter-mile in length, but it creates a shorter, safer, and more accessible route for students east of Copperfield Elementary to walk or bike to and from school.

The project also included the construction of new sidewalks and the installation of curb ramps and new pedestrian crossing islands. Funding came from Austin Mobility Bonds and District 1 quarter-cent funding.
“The District 1 office contributed quarter-cent funding to help restore a key community connection that was lost when a creek crossing collapsed many years ago,” remarked Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison. "Without this connection, families had to walk on an unsafe road to reach Copperfield Elementary. This trail opening means our community will now have a safer, more direct route to get to school or to visit their neighbors.”
Austin’s Urban Trails Program expects to extend this connector trail next year, as part of the Northern Walnut Creek Trail Section 3 project. This nearly one-mile trail project would begin at the western end of the Copperfield Connector and end just east of IH-35, where TxDOT plans to build a shared use path.
“Step by step progress is being made to connect up a 19-mile trail along Walnut Creek. Over a decade ago, I secured the federal funds that enabled construction along Southern Walnut Creek Trail” said Congressman Lloyd Doggett.  “Now the City of Austin is adding another mile toward achieving our vision and in assuring a safe route to Copperfield Elementary.”  

Join us in celebrating the completion of the Copperfield Connector, a small trail that has a big impact on neighborhood mobility and connectivity.