A Richardson roadway will soon be reconstructed after delays to the start date, which was originally planned for May.

City Manager Don Magner informed Richardson City Council of the change to the Custer Parkway project during the June 10 meeting. The delays will allow city staff to refine the bidding documents to allow for a two-year project, instead of the 18-month project originally envisioned.

Two-minute impact

Magner said the additional time until the start will allow city officials to communicate with the affected neighbors and business about the reconstruction project, which will take place along Custer Parkway from West Campbell Road to the President George Bush Turnpike. It is the second phase of improvements along Custer Parkway.

According to the city’s website, segments of the street between Renner Road and the President George Bush Turnpike will be replaced as needed and there are no plans for utility replacements. The more extensive work will take place between West Campbell Road and Renner Road and includes:
  • Full reconstruction of the street between West Campbell Road and Renner Road
  • Replacement of water and sewer lines that run under the roadway
  • Repair of sidewalks along the roadway segment as needed
  • Replacement of existing street lights with new LED lights and underground electrical connections
  • New traffic signals at two intersections: West Campbell Road and Custer Parkway and Renner Road and Custer Parkway
Construction is expected to cost around $21.4 million, which is under the budgeted amount of nearly $25 million. According to city documents, funding will come from reserve funding in the city’s water and sewer, the 2021 bond, certificates of obligation, certificates of obligation sold for water and sewer infrastructure projects.

Why it matters

Magner said the reconstruction is necessary because Custer Parkway is frequently used, but is in poor condition.

With the new two-year project window, construction crews are more likely to meet the deadline, he added.

Looking ahead

Construction is anticipated to start in the late summer or early fall this year, Magner said.