Bike Friendly Richardson

Spring Creek Trail To Close For Repairs

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on December 22, 2011

Here is the notice from the city about some trail closures:

Starting January 3, 2012, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department will begin rehabilitation work on the Spring Creek Trail in north central Richardson. The trail is located between Central Expressway and Plano Road, south of Renner Road, and meanders through the Spring Creek Nature Area.

The trail will be closed in three phases (see map below) between January 3 and February 7. The closures will allow City contractors to tear out and repour concrete trail sections damaged by growing tree roots and shifting soil.

Weather permitting, work along the 1.1 mile section of trail should take about five weeks.

Although this will be a small inconvenience, we’re glad the city has decided to do it. This show’s the city’s commitment to keep the bicycle infrastructure maintained and it’s users safe. We’ve started to notice some wear and tear on the trail, so we’re glad this is getting done before it gets worse.

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  1. howardmaher said, on December 22, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I’m glad to see repairs on this older trail as I ride parts of it every day on my way to and from work… I just wish that they’d be smart enough to change their work endpoints to allow partial usage of the trail; for instance, why not end near the loop-2-loop (as i call it) off Routh Creek so that the loop structure could be used to get on and off the section not being worked. Right now the yellow section would take me nowhere, so I’d be blocked from using the trail for a much longer time than need be, if they just took into consideration partial usage.
    Also, I hope that they’ll make repairs almost at the southeast corner of Renner and the 75 access road where two different contractor’s work didn’t quite flow together correctly… If I’m sounding cryptic it’s because this juncture is cryptic – try using the sidewalk along Renner and you’ll see where one contractor built a curb that doesn’t allow the two trail pieces to smoothly flow into each other. It’s the most thoughtless juncture of two trail pieces I can imagine. Obviously it wasn’t too well supervised when built.
    While I’m on my wish list, how about a way to go from under Renner up to the bridge one goes under since it looks like they may cut off my access to the brand new section under Renner, making it difficult to use the new mile section which I ride twice a day now.
    I guess that the city just doesn’t understand bike commuters/ commuting and imagines all their trails as recreational usage only. Let the bikers go elsewhere and not plan for partial access. At least that’s how I’m reading this…

  2. […] Spring Creek Trail To Close For Repairs by dickdavid            Bike Friendly Richardson Here is the notice from the city about some trail closures: Starting January 3, 2012, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department will begin rehabilitation work on the Spring Creek Trail in north central Richardson. The trail is located between Central Expressway and Plano Road, south of Renner Road, and meanders through the Spring Creek Nature Area. … […]

  3. bergerandfries said, on December 23, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I agree with Howard. So that’s a process issue and can be fixed by a process change in the Parks and Rec department. Who is going to Roger Scott about this issue? Also, ridership is up 200% at Verizon since the Spring Creek Trail extension that’s gone under US75 up to Plano, and INTEREST in bicycling to the office is up 400%. Thanks again to the City of Richardson and the Parks and Rec department for the vision to plan, create, and maintain this route.

  4. dickdavid said, on December 24, 2011 at 7:01 am

    I agree. The yellow section should be extended, at least to the Routh Creek ramp. Hopefully, having that section closed – even for longer than 5 days – would be better than being part of the purple which will take twice as long.

    I can see how the yellow section (stretched to the RCr) is a vital connection for commuters.

    BTW, IF YOU HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THIS, please voice them here: If you have any questions or concerns regarding this trail closure, please contact the City of Richardson Parks and Recreation Department at 972-744-4300.

  5. howardmaher said, on December 24, 2011 at 7:40 am

    I called the city parks dept last night (972-744-4300) and left a message about this concern. If you use this trail and would like to get at least some partial usage give the city a call and leave them a message. Might be the best way to let them know that Richardson has bike commuters and/or others who utilize this trail and want to have continued partial usage. Stopping at the Dart Train bridge (yellow-purple intersection) makes both sections unusable for 15 days, unless this is somehow progressive, though I don’t trust the contractor to decide this, just like my curb complaint in the juncture at Renner/Central of the sidewalk/bike trail.. Still scratching my head on that one…

    By the way, have you all seen the huge owl that lives/hunts down there in the woods/along the creek? S/he is a beaut… Don’t worry COR, I don’t think it’s a spotted owl… :-). I have a nice pic if anyone is interested….

    You all have a wonderful holiday season, and remember to use headlights/taillights and stay visible (my commuter bike has 72 tiny flashing red LED lights right now), even during the short daylight hours… now don’t start calling me Rudolph… 🙂

    Ride On!
    Howard
    (howardmaher@tx.rr.com)

    • jennyrilling said, on December 24, 2011 at 11:21 pm

      Howard, could you post your owl pics on the BFR Facebook? I would like to see :). At my work, there is a hawk that lives on top of the building and perches on the railing outside my office sometimes.

  6. […] week the City of Richardson announced that they would be closing off portions of the Spring Creek Trail for repairs. Since I typically ride the west section, from the Routh Creek Parkway ramp to the Central […]


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