Beginning Monday, April 29, eastbound lanes of Main Street will close nightly as the City’s contractor on the Floyd Branch Watershed drainage project installs box culverts under the roadway. The closures are anticipated to take place for approximately one week, weather permitting
The closures are expected to begin at 8 p.m. each night and conclude by 6 a.m. the following morning.
Signs will be placed in the area alerting drivers of the lane closures. Eastbound traffic on Belt Line Road/Main Street will be directed to turn north onto the US-75 frontage road, then take Greer Street to Interurban Street to continue east on Main Street. Northbound US-75 drivers wishing to turn onto eastbound Main Street will be directed to Kaufman Street then Interurban Street. (See map below.)
A second phase of the project will impact installation of box culverts under the west bound lanes, which will require daytime lane closures. That work will begin once the first phase is complete. During the second phase of work, east and west bound traffic will be constricted but will be allowed to flow in both directions.
The Floyd Branch watershed collects drainage from 2.6 square miles in south central Richardson and eventually flows to White Rock Lake. Improvement work 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. The bulk of the work centers on the installation of an underground concrete drainage system through portions of downtown Richardson north and south of Main Street between US-75 and the DART rail line.
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.