Bike Friendly Richardson

Proposal for Regional Trail Connection at Breckinridge Park

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on September 21, 2012

From the City Of Richardson:

The City of Plano is partnering with the City of Richardson to plan and construct a 1.9-mile trail that would wind through Richardson to connect an existing trail in southeast Plano to the Timbers Nature Preserve Park in Murphy. The trail is completely funded through the City of Plano’s bond program. The City of Richardson would provide the land and future maintenance of the trail if the City Council approves an Inter Local Agreement at a future meeting.

The trail is proposed to be built in two phases, with Phase 1 running from the west side of Murphy Road within an Oncor high transmission line corridor to the existing trail on Rowlett Creek in Breckinridge Park. Construction on this part of the trail is expected to take place in 2013. Phase 2, which is currently unfunded, would connect Rowlett Creek to Otto Middle School. The City of Plano hopes to receive a grant from Collin County to pay for additional trail length, which is set to be constructed in the next two to three years.

Watch the work session presentation at http://bit.ly/Pr38zq.

Trail Under Renner Road Is Complete

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on October 8, 2011

Trail Complete Under Renner Road

The trail under Renner Road is finally complete (although not officially opened). Check out the video from the north side to the south:

Updates To The Central Expressway and Renner Road Underpasses

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on May 9, 2011

A bunch has happened since our last report on the almost completion of the first Central Expressway underpass , just south of Renner Road.

View From THe East Side

North of Renner Road, Underpass of Central Expressway - East Side

It now appears that the second Central underpass, just north of Renner Road, has been poured as well. That portion of the Richardson trail – from Alma Road (at the PGB Tollway), running under Central Expressway, then around to Renner Road – is complete.

Coming Out On The West Side

North of Renner Road, Underpass of Central Expressway - West Side

The underpass at Renner Road – connecting this new trail to the existing Spring Creek Trail – is all that is left. As of a few weeks ago, it still looked like there was plenty of work that needed to be done. This weekend, we discovered that quite a bit of progress has happened and that underpass is well on it’s way towards completion.

Check out the pics:

Trail Under Renner Road - Far From Finished

Renner Road Underpass - Not Much Progress A Few Weeks Ago

Major Progress This Week

Renner Road Underpass - Much More Progress This Past Weekend

Trail Construction Under Renner

Renner Road Underpass - Much More Progress This Past Weekend

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Here’s a map for this section of trail:


Follow our coverage of the Spring Creek Trail extension
– Including Under Central 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

Trail Under Central Progress – West Side Ramp

Posted in Bike Change, Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on March 6, 2011
Sidewalk Ends - Ready For Forms

View of the underpass from the west side

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve checked the progress on the trail passages under Central Expressway. The north underpass looks about the same, but I believe there has been progress on the actual west side trail heading to Alama (along the PGB Tollway). We’ll investigate that in a couple of weeks.

The south of Renner Road underpass has made some great progress. All of the heavy construction equipment is gone indicating that most of the structural work is complete. All that remains is actually building the path. The ramp on the west side of Central Expressway (next to the QMACS building) is mostly complete as well. Check out some pics that we took:

Ramp To The Under Central Trail - West Side

Start of the west side ramp

Down The Ramp

West side ramp leading to the underpass trail

Going Back Up The Ramp

View of the west side ramp - from the underpass

Follow our coverage of this trail construction:

November 28, 2010
September 26, 2010
August 28, 2010
August 21, 2010
July 25, 2010
June 13, 2010
May 8, 2010
April 3, 2010
March 11, 2010
December 5, 2010
February 13, 2011

Trail Under Central Progress – More Gabion Walls

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on February 13, 2011
Gabion Wall Construction

Still some work left to do

Not much to report today. With all of the bad rain and ice/snow storms this winter, I’m quite impressed with the amount of progress that has been made. That being said, we’re still a long way before completion. Hopefully, we’ll have a nice passage by the end of spring or early summer.

For now, check out these picks of the gabion wall progress.

Gabion Wall

Most of the Gabion Wall is finished

Follow our coverage of this trail construction:

November 28, 2010
September 26, 2010
August 28, 2010
August 21, 2010
July 25, 2010
June 13, 2010
May 8, 2010
April 3, 2010
March 11, 2010
December 5, 2010

Notes From The Richardson – Central Trail South Meeting

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on December 15, 2010

Central Trail South Plans

Last night, the City of Richardson had a public input meeting over the planned southern extension of the Central Trail which runs along the DART Rail Red Line. Representatives from the city as well as consultants from Newman Jackson Bieberstein and Freese and Nichols were there to explain the first public draft of this plan. Here are some brief notes from that meeting.

First let’s talk location. The extension of the trail will run along the DART Rail from Arapaho Road at Greenville, all the way to Buckingham Road (approximately 1.9 miles). This will be a continuation of the Central Trail that already runs from Arapaho Road to Renner Road and will eventually be part of the larger, Dallas plan to have a connecting network of trails within several neighboring cities. The city already has an existing agreement with DART to run the trail from Arapaho to Main Street and is now negotiating the remaining distance.

We won’t give you much information about the trail itself, since they are still in the preliminary planning stages. An updated, more detailed version will be available early next year. Currently, the plan is to have a 10 foot wide multi-use trail that continues the same aesthetic of the existing portion of the trail. Beyond the hurtles of having to negotiate these trails cross major cross streets, the city is also having to deal with drainage and other infrastructure issues. When completed, the plan is to have multiple access points for users as well as emergency vehicles.

Here is the tentative schedule of this project:
– Now- April 2011: Continued studies and design
– May 2011: Second public meeting to discuss the updates to the design
– Summer 2011: Bidding
– Fall 2011 – Spring 2012: Construction
– Summer 2012: Completion

As a side note, the city will eventually extend this trail further south, beyond Buckingham, and connect with the Cottonwood and White Rock Trails.

More Trail Progress – Retaining Walls Under US75

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on December 5, 2010

Retaining Wall Progress

We figured that this would probably be the hardest part of the trail construction – building under the highway and next to a creek – and understandably the slowest. Just when we were thinking that the actual construction under Central Expressway (US75) has slowed down to a halt, we discovered that some major progress has been made. As seen with other Richardson creek-side construction, the stone and wire retaining walls (assumably to prevent erosion) are coming in nicely.

Once it’s finished, it will be well worth the wait.

Retaining Wall Construction

Follow our coverage of this trail construction:
November 28, 2010
September 26, 2010
August 28, 2010
August 21, 2010
July 25, 2010
June 13, 2010
May 8, 2010
April 3, 2010
March 11, 2010

Trail Construction Moving Forward Nicely

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on June 13, 2010

If you are following along as we track the construction of the newest hike and bike trails in Richardson, we’ve got some new pics for you. If you haven’t been following along with our coverage of Spring Creek Park, you can click on these links to catch up:

Under Construction-Two Bike Trails Under Central Expressway

More Trail Construction Pics

The paths and retaining walls are coming along nicely. Unfortunately, with all that’s involved with construction along the creeks, the underpasses don’t appear to be very far along. However, I’m sure there’s more finished than what is visible.

Enjoy:

Start Of Trail Construction Coming Out Of Spring Creek Park

New Retaining Wall (shot facing south along the east side of Central)

More Retaining Wall (Shot facing north along the east side of Central)

Still not much progress under Central Expressway

Not much progress under Renner Road either

Trail north of Renner Road coming along nicely

More Trail Construction Pics

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes by dickdavid on May 8, 2010

As we’ve reported earlier, Richardson is putting some nice trails under Central (US75) Expressway. What we haven’t shown you yet are the trails leading to these routes. On my ride today, I was able to check out and shoot some pics of the new construction.

Here is the view of the construction about 100 feet south of the southeast corner of Renner and Central. The point-of-view is facing south. This new trail leads off of the Spring Creek Trail (right after the last bridge) and heads south towards the underpass.

This  is the last stretch of the Spring Creek Trail before it gets to the rest station at the southeast corner of Renner and Central. The point-of-view is facing south. This shows the new branch (to the left) which leads to a trail under Renner. That trail leads to the other Central Expressway underpass that’s located just north of Renner.

Note the bridge in the background and the construction for the new trail (seen above).

Heading east off of the new branch (see above). The point-of-view is facing east. Here the trail ends and the construction begins for the trail under Renner Road. Again, this trail will lead to the northern passage under Central Expressway. I’m hoping this trail will lead to the Bush DART station as well.

ONE MORE THING:

While riding along the UTD trail on Campbell, I noticed that the trees were being removed for transplant. I’m curious to why these are being moved and what will be happening to this part of the university. I Googled it, but got nothing. IF you know, please let us know.

UPDATE about UTD: BFR friend, Brad M, shot us an email with some more information about changes happening at UTD. He writes:

I do not know specifically where the trees are being moved, however I do know there is an entirely new entrance being constructed and the circulation into campus will totally change.  You can see this on the mast plan on the UTD website.  There is some type of landscape element being graded where you see the land scraped behind the trees.  I am sure the trees are being re-organized in another pattern shown on the plan.

Click here for more details. It will be interesting to see the new hedgerow along Campbell Road, as well as a larger entrance to the university.