The city of Plano is seeking funding for a proposed pedestrian and bicycle bridge that would span the Dallas North Tollway, connecting The Shops at Legacy with the soon-to-open Legacy West mixed-use development.
Plano City Council on Monday announced support for an application to the North Central Texas Council of Governments for the design and construction of the bridge and approved $88,946 in local funds for the $444,730 project.
When completed, a 14-foot divided pedestrian walkway and a 14-foot bicycle pathway would stretch over the tollway. The project includes pedestrian traffic signals, lighting and five-foot buffers to separate foot traffic from vehicle lanes.
Crews are already clearing a path for the bridge, which will replace the U-turn lane north of Legacy Drive that connects the tollway frontage roads. As part of the ongoing tollway expansion project, a new U-turn lane is under construction just north of the planned pedestrian bridge.
The bridge is expected “to help mitigate some of the impending traffic concerns” associated with the completion of several Legacy West retail and office developments, according to a document prepared by city staff.