Richardson officials have agreed to chip in funding for a project to extend Central Trail along the Dallas border.

At a Feb. 26 council meeting, members approved up to $475,000 in funding for the project, which will extend the trail by 1.4 miles and includes updating sidewalks and crosswalks.

The details

The nearly $9.7 million project will include:
  • Off-street path improvements from the existing Central Trail at Buckingham Road to the existing sidewalks west of the Dallas College Richland Campus in order to create better connectivity with Dallas’ Cottonwood Creek Trail
  • An enhanced Dallas Area Rapid Transit rail crossing for pedestrians and cyclists on Buckingham Road
  • A 12-foot trail with a concrete buffer and drainage improvements along Greenville Avenue
  • Americans with Disabilities Act improvements at the intersection of Greenville Avenue and Buckingham Road
  • A 12-foot trail with a concrete buffer tying into an existing sidewalk near Abrams Road
The cost

Dallas County will be the lead agency on the project after county commissioners approved an advance funding agreement in November. The project has several funding sources, according to city documents:
  • $6.5 million from the Texas Department of Transportation
  • $1.4 million from Dallas County
  • $1.3 million from the Regional Transportation Council
  • $475,000 from the city of Richardson
No timeline for the project was provided. However, a contractor must be chosen by December 2025, according to county documents.

Cecilia Lenzen contributed to this report.