AUSTIN - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that it will sign separate agreements with the City of Austin and Travis County to buy out homes in the 25-year floodplain of Onion Creek.
The Corps of Engineers will also restore 206 acres of riparian areas along the creek and provide 140 acres of recreational features.
The U.S. Congress appropriated up to $11.8 million for the Onion Creek project in March 2014. Of this, up to $1 million will go toward Travis County’s share of the project and $8 million to $10 million will be dedicated for the City of Austin’s share.
The Corps of Engineers will use the remainder of this year’s funds to begin the design work on the recreational features. More federal funding is expected in future years.
The total project cost is estimated at $85,455,000.
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