Richardson transportation updates: The latest on projects at Main Street, Jupiter Road and Galatyn Park Station

Main Street construction in Richardson
Construction on Main Street is expected to continue through the end of 2020. (Courtesy city of Richardson)

Construction on Main Street is expected to continue through the end of 2020. (Courtesy city of Richardson)

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1. Main Street renewal project

Drivers should expect lane shifts and closures along Main Street between Texas and Sherman streets as crews continue construction and placement of a new water main. Beginning in late November, traffic on Main will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Abrams Road and Sherman to accommodate further construction. These traffic enhancements will pave the way for installation of wider sidewalks with new lighting, picnic tables, benches, bike racks, enhanced landscaping and new open space, according to the city.

Timeline: September 2019-late 2020

Cost: $16 million

Funding source: city of Richardson

2. Utility work near Jupiter Road intersections

The North Texas Municipal Water District began Phase II of its South System Air Valve Improvements in August. The $3.68 million project will upgrade approximately 150 air valve locations along water lines in portions of Richardson, Garland, Mesquite, Rowlett and Sunnyvale. In Richardson, work will take place at several intersections along Jupiter Road. Drivers may encounter weekday lane closures from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. The work is part of the district’s major maintenance improvement program and will bring these air valves up to current district standards. Construction crews expect work in Richardson to be complete by the end of March 2020.

Timeline: mid-December-late March (Richardson project)

Cost: $3.68 million (all projects)

Funding source: NTMWD

3. Galatyn Park Station platform extension

Work should wrap up Nov. 27 on an effort to extend the Dallas Area Rapid Transit platform at Galatyn Park Station. The Galatyn extension is part of a larger project that will lengthen 28 rail-station platforms built prior to 2004. The project will increase capacity on Red and Blue lines by 33%, meaning more available seats and fewer standing passengers. It will also create more level boarding areas, making it easier for riders to get on and off the train. Users of the Galatyn Park shuttle buses should note that the drop-off/pickup spot will be moved slightly north.

Timeline: May 2019-end of 2021 (all platforms)

Cost: $128.8 million (all platforms)

Funding sources: DART, State Mobility Fund, grants
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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