Travis St. Portal to Buffalo Bayou

CIMG1450.JPGThe Travis St. Bayou Portal to Buffalo Bayou was built by the Cotswold Project as a pedestrian connection from the street down to the future walkway along the bayou. The winding, tree lined, lighted walkway is on the west side of the Travis St. bridge on the south side of the bayou across the street from the Spaghetti Warehouse restaurant. In this photo it is on the right side of the image. The simpler walkway on the left side of the image is the accessible route. More about that below.

S2400061.JPGThe photo shows the upper plaza with the stacked “canoes” and winding walkway down to the bayou surrounded by trees. The canoe sculpture in this portal is by John Runnels–a local artist who canoes on the Bayou and is a very accomplished artist in 2D and 3D mediums. He calls Mother Dog Studios home. His studio is a short walking distance from this portal and his sculptures.

An issue with this portal is that the walkway is too steep and had to have steps thereby not providing an accessible pathway to the bayou. Therefore we had to build an accessible walkway on the east side of the bridge with the primary walk with trees, landscaping and lighting is on the west side. There is only a short distance between the points where both reach the bayou trail. TCIMG9304.JPGhat distance was close enough that TDLR (Texas state agency that administers the ADA regulations) agreed it was an alternative, accessible path to the same location on the bayou.

When building the additional accessible walkway we also modified and repaved the configuration of the adjacent Travis St. to allow cars to park at the bayou trail level. The lowest parking space is configured as accessible–the “handicap” space. I am very proud that this provides the only place where anyone can drive to the bayou’s edge in a public place. This provides even more access to those that would like to be at the bayou’s edge but not take the two trails on either side of Travis Street.

CIMG1448.JPGThe trail at the bayou’s edge is under construction as I post this article. That project is funded by the Texas Department of Transportation who is managing the construction of this great amenity. Who says a highway department can only build highways? Check back soon for an article about other interesting facts-IMHO-about this portal and photos of the new bayou trail.  Also watch for articles about the other two portals.


2 Responses to “Travis St. Portal to Buffalo Bayou”

  1. Issac Maez says:

    Interesting Article. Hoping that you will continue posting an article having a useful information. Thanks a lot!

  2. annuaire says:

    Thank you very much Great post…thanks for share this..

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