Bike Friendly Richardson

Spring Creek Trail Extension Officially Open

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on November 12, 2011

© City Of Richardson - (Council Members Amir Omar and Scott Dunn, Collin County Commissioner Cheryl Williams, Mayor Bob Townsend, Congressman Sam Johnson, Council Member Kendal Hartley, Mayor Pro Tem Laura Maczka and Council Member Mark Solomon)

If you’ve been following us for the past couple of years, we kept you updated on the progress of extensions of the Spring Creek Trail. These new extensions provide safe passages under Central Expressway and Renner Road.

This past Thursday was the ribbon cutting that officially opened the trail extension.

From the city newsletter:

City Council Members, staff and local officials celebrated the opening of the Spring Creek Trail extension at a ribbon cutting ceremony held Thursday.

The new extension is a 1.3 mile, 12-foot wide concrete trail that extends the popular Spring Creek Trail north under Renner and US 75 and ends at Alma Road and the George Bush Turnpike. The trail also travels south following Prairie Creek under US 75 and then turns north to connect with the Renner Trail (see map below).

The wide, concrete trail accommodates multiple uses including walking, jogging, biking, strolling and in-line skating. Federal, state, county and local dollars helped to pay for the design and construction of the trail that allows users of the trail system a safe passage under busy roadways.

Quite frankly, after such a long time coming, we’re surprised that it was such an understated event. You’d think the city would be proud of it’s accomplishments and make a bigger P.R. event out of it. Regardless, it’s here and it’s open. Enjoy.

To see all the coverage of this trail extension development, click on the links below:

Spring Creek Trail – Including Under Central and Under Renner Road Connections:
Trail Construction – 03/11/2010
Under Construction-Two Bike Trails Under Central Expressway
– 04/03/2010
More Trail Construction Pics – 05/08/2010
Trail Construction Moving Forward Nicely – 06/13/2010
Trail Construction Update Pics – 07/25/2010
More Trail Progress – 08/21/2010
New Guard Rail – 08/28/2010
More Trail Progress – Towards The Central Underpass – 09/26/2010
Central Underpass – Progress On The West Side – 11/28/2010
More Trail Progress – Retaining Walls Under US75 – 12/05/2010
Trail Under Central Progress – More Gabion Walls – 02/13/2011
Trail Under Central Progress – West Side Ramp – 03/06/2011
Spring Creek Trail: North Of Renner Road – A Progress Report – 04/02/2011
Trail Under Central – Serious Progress – 04/17/2011
Took A Ride Under Central Expressway Today – 04/23/2011
Updates To The Central Expressway and Renner Road Underpasses – 05/09/2011
Spring Creek Trail – Central and Renner Road Underpass Updates – 06/11/2011
Trail Under Renner Road – Progress – 07/28/14
More Renner Road Underpass Progress – 08/14/2011
Renner Road Underpass – Retaining Wall Progress – 08/27/2011
Major Progress With The Trail Under Renner Road – 09/18/2011
Trail Under Renner Progress – Forms Are Up, Cement Is Being Poured – 10/03/2011
Trail Under Renner Road Is Complete – 10/08/2011

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  1. howardmaher said, on November 12, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Yeah, I’m kind of surprised that I hadn’t heard about the official opening, as I ride this trail twice daily, going and coming home from work. I had noticed that early in the week the trail was spiffed up a bit, construction mud removed, railings finished, etc.
    The trail is an awesome extension for me, and it does add a tremendous measure of safety to my commute. I’ve been riding the extension since it was passable in early October and it is a nice respite from the traffic around the mall and on Alma coming home each evening. I breathe a little easier when I get there!
    Thanks City of Richardson! Job well done!
    Now I got to talk with Plano about getting safely along Alma to the mall…
    And, while I’m doling out thanks, I appreciate Bike Friendly Richardson for keeping me informed about the trail progress for the last year and three quarters!
    Thanks!
    Howard Maher

  2. Warren Casteel said, on November 12, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I, too, have been riding it for a while. It is a great trail, and ties into the other Richardson Trails.

    Those of us “Northerners” have been working with Plano on their part for many years. Always the optimist, even I must admit this is tough. Collin Creek Mall has multiple owners, and is likely to redevelop at some point. No one wants to commit an easement to the City that might mess that up. Even when that is sorted out — how to cross Plano Parkway? There is no room under the bridge, so it will be at grade, an overpass (expensive and not enough land on each side), or a tunnel, which people seem to not like.

    I think short term the best we can do is to get a striped route of some sort through the Mall property, then a trail alongside Alma. Be sure to talk to them!

    W

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  4. Keith Michaelis said, on December 28, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Are there off road trails near the Spring Creek Trail?

    • dickdavid said, on December 30, 2014 at 10:56 am

      Unfortunately, there aren’t any off road trails near the Spring Creek Trail. The closest off-road trail system would probably be Rowlett Creek.

      Check with DORBA.org for maps and details.

    • Howard Maher said, on December 30, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      There has been some mention of perhaps an off-road trail once the acquisition of the property north to Renner/Plano Rds. is completed. It sure would be nice for Richardson to have an off-road trail in what I commonly call the ‘Renner Woods’…


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