Construction is set to begin in November on drainage improvements within the Floyd Branch Watershed, which collects drainage from 2.6 square miles in south central Richardson and eventually flows to White Rock Lake.
The improvements include 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 Branch Creek at West Phillips Street. The bulk of the work will be to install an underground concrete drainage system through portions of downtown Richardson north and south of Main Street between US 75 and the DART rail line.
The project will be constructed in several phases, with final completion expected by spring of 2014. Work on the first phase is expected to begin next month, and will impact Main Street traffic between May and July 2013.
The City is taking several steps to minimize the impact of construction, including keeping two lanes of Main Street open in each direction during peak traffic hours and performing as much work as possible at night.
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.