The City Council on Monday discussed updates to a vision statement draft for the US-75 corridor to present to the Texas Department of Transportation as it conducts a study on the corridor from I-635 to SH 121. The study is expected to be complete in September 2015, with several major milestones in 2014.
The Council identified the following seven guiding principles that Richardson supports for future development of the corridor:
- Central Expressway serves foremost as a commuter corridor serving locally-situated regional employment centers and proximate residential population.
- As a commuter corridor, addressing long-term traffic projections by maintaining bi-directional congestion relief is a fundamental necessity.
- Any expansion of the US-75 right of way within the city of Richardson must not impair long-term planning objectives to enhance neighborhood integrity and foster ongoing reinvestment, redevelopment and densification of properties that flank either side of the highway.
- Vertical expansion of US-75 through Richardson is not desirable. Any vertical expansion should be minimized to the greatest extent practicable and limited exclusively to discrete locations as necessary to provide access to or from the freeway and managed travel lanes.
- East/west, intra-city connectivity through the US-75 corridor must be meaningfully improved by providing for safer, more attractive and comfortable pedestrian and bicycle mobility.
- While managed lanes may afford a viable solution to generate revenue for project funding, safe and efficient ingress and egress to access these lanes should be made available and maintained to benefit those individuals working, residing or visiting the city of Richardson.
- Any reconstruction or redesign of US-75 must tangibly contribute to one’s sense of arrival and the city’s uniqueness of place by implementing a comprehensive urban design theme that fortifies city of Richardson gateway and portal features.
At the work session, the City Council requested the importance of DART and its proximity to the corridor also be included in the vision statement.
Read the draft version of the statement at http://bit.ly/10uWGfQ. Watch the City Council work session presentation at http://bit.ly/11rACEs.