The northbound Central Expressway (US 75) frontage road will be reduced to one through lane at Belt Line Road/Main Street beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3. The reduction in lanes is expected to last approximately one month as a contractor completes construction of an underground drainage structure.
Along with the lane closure:
- All but one lane of the northbound frontage road will be required to turn onto Belt Line Road/Main Street.
- Just one lane will be allowed to turn left from eastbound Belt Line Road/Main Street.
- The outside westbound Belt Line Road/Main Street lane will be right-turn only, leaving two westbound through lanes.
- The U-turn lane from the southbound to the northbound frontage road will be closed as needed from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The planned schedule is subject to change due to potential weather and construction complications.
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.