Bike trails, senior facilities and alleyways: How decisions made at the Feb. 12 council meeting will affect Plano neighborhoods

The Plano City Council on Feb. 12 approved funds to add new bike trails to four major arterial roadways.

The Plano City Council on Feb. 12 approved funds to add new bike trails to four major arterial roadways.

The Plano City Council approved a series of neighborhood and public-facility investments on Monday during its first meeting of the month of February.

Here are the main takeaways on how the projects will affect Plano residents:

1. The city is investing in a more connected bike trail network.
Cyclists in Plano have access to more than 160 miles of bike routes on the city’s neighborhood streets, but those streets do not always connect cleanly when they reach a major divided roadway.

The city of Plano on Monday approved a $239,170 bid to construct four new bike trails along some of these arterial roadways to connect trails on neighborhood streets without forcing cyclists onto some of the city’s busiest thoroughfares.

As part of the project, the city will build trails or sidepaths along Coit Road at Hearst Castle Way and Quincy Lane; along Independence Parkway at Micarta and Caravan drives; along Coit Road at Tulane and Matterhorn drives; and along Park Boulevard at Rio Grande and Country Place drives.

The project is expected to take about four months once it begins, Plano Parks and Recreation Department trail planner Christina Sebastian wrote in an email.

2. The senior center renovation project will include a new roof.
Hail damage to the roof of the Plano Senior Center observed in spring 2016 will finally be repaired now that the city approved a $109,990 bid.

Plano City Council voted on Monday to approve a contract with Shoemake Holdings Inc. to replace the senior center’s roof.

The rooftop replacement coincides with an ongoing senior center renovation and expansion project. The upgrades include the addition of a 2,800-square-foot exercise room, extra dining and classroom space, additional parking and restrooms as well as expanded area for the Wellness Center for Older Adults, according to a December news release.
The total project is expected to be complete by December, a Plano spokesperson told Community Impact Newspaper.

3. The Legacy Drive project will be more expensive than once thought.
The city also rubber-stamped a 17 percent funding increase for a project to revamp Legacy Drive surfaces and intersections.

The new funding approved on Monday by Plano City Council brings the total cost of the project to $391,690 and pays for additional surveys at three major intersections and design revisions at the intersection of K Avenue and Legacy Drive.

The newly approved money will also fund design revisions of barrier-free ramps and signal poles, measures designed to comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

4. Two neighborhood alleyways will soon undergo reconstruction.
Crews will soon reconstruct two alleyways in Plano neighborhoods.

The project—approved on Monday at a cost of $948,385—will include the reconstruction of the alleyways at Buffalo Bend and Mountain Pass Drive in Plano. Crews will also rebuild a collapsed masonry screening wall as part of the project.


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