4 transportation updates to know in Richardson

The Main Street project in Richardson is about to begin.

The Main Street project in Richardson is about to begin.

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1 Sidewalk repairs in the Berkner Park neighborhood
Residential sidewalk replacement is ongoing in the Berkner Park neighborhood in southeast Richardson. The project includes removing and replacing failed sections of existing residential sidewalks, alleys and driveway approach pavement. New barrier-free sidewalk ramps are also being added. The contractor is currently working on sidewalks south of Spring Valley Road. Corner ramp replacements at Spring Creek Drive and Spring Valley as well as at Yale Boulevard and Spring Valley are expected to start in early October. This work will require temporary closures of one lane of traffic and sidewalks along Spring Valley.
Timeline: November 2018-November 2019
Cost: $630,000
Funding source: city of Richardson

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2 Lane closures near Campbell Road and US 75
Installation is ongoing for about 7,000 feet of conduit for fiber-optic communication cable along Campbell Road between Greenville Avenue and Gateway Boulevard and along Gateway and Municipal Road. Motorists traveling near the southwest and southeast corners of Campbell and US 75 should be prepared for lane closures. The right lane of eastbound Campbell between Gateway and Greenville as well as the right lane of the US 75 southbound frontage road between Campbell and Gateway will be closed during business hours.
Timeline: September to mid-December
Cost: Privately funded by telecommunications company
Funding source: Level 3 Communications

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3 Main Street improvements
Street and infrastructure improvements along Main Street between US 75 and Abrams Road will begin in late September. Work will include a complete pavement replacement on Main from Sherman Street to just east of Greenville Avenue; traffic enhancements at the Main and Greenville intersection, including new turn lanes and a signal replacement; installation of a crossing signal at the intersection of Main and McKinney streets; and planting of trees along both sides of Main as well as in the newly created median. The project was awarded Aug. 19 to Rebcon Inc., a Dallas-based civil construction contractor. The first phase of work will focus on drainage improvements and underground utilities.
Timeline: September 2019-December 2020
Cost: $16 million
Funding source: city of Richardson

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4 Groundbreaking set for the Silver Line
Crews began construction Sept. 19 on the Silver Line, a 26-mile, east-west Dallas Area Rapid Transit rail line. The line will stop twice in Richardson—at The University of Texas at Dallas and at CityLine. Construction should be complete by December 2022.
Timeline: September 2019-December 2022
Cost: $2 billion
Funding source: DART

By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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