The northbound US 75 (Central Expressway) frontage road at Belt Line Road/Main Street will be closed for construction beginning at 9 p.m. both Monday and Tuesday nights. The road will reopen at 6 a.m. the following morning.
Northbound traffic will be detoured east on Main Street, north on Interurban Street and west on Greer Street during the closure. Motorists are advised not to cut through private property (including parking lots) during the detour.
The planned schedule is subject to change due to potential weather and construction complications.
After that work is complete, northbound frontage road traffic will be reduced to one lane for approximately four weeks as construction continues. Signs and other traffic control devices will be in place to direct motorists. In addition, the U-turn lane from the southbound to the northbound frontage road will be closed daily from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The construction is part of a project to improve drainage in the Floyd Branch Watershed, which collects drainage from 2.6 square miles in south central Richardson and eventually flows to White Rock Lake. The project will add capacity to the area’s drainage system by adding new underground drainage pipes north and south of Main Street between US 75 and the DART rail line. No existing open channels will be enclosed.
Improvement work also includes the installation of a new right turn lane along westbound Main Street from Interurban Street to the US 75 northbound frontage road and construction of a new bridge over Floyd Creek Branch at West Phillips Street. In addition to improving the decades-old drainage system, improving drainage system deficiencies will also allow for the possibility of future development since current conditions have been a costly deterrent to redevelopment along the City’s Main Street and Central Expressway corridors.
Final completion of the project is expected in spring of 2014.