Starting this week, Plano Parks and Recreation will be working with the city’s Engineering Department along the Russell Creek Greenbelt to install retaining walls along Russell Creek Drive between Independence Parkway and Sutherland Lane. The walls are needed in part to help repair portions of concrete along Russell Creek Drive.
In addition, a pedestrian bridge is also being planned for installation across the creek, connecting the trails on the north and south sides. This addition will enhance connectivity to the park itself.
This project and the features included are the result of feedback obtained at three public/neighborhood meetings conducted in the past year and a half, as various options were presented for the channel bank stabilization.
Unfortunately, we need to close the existing trail along this road and a number of trees will need to be removed in order to make this happen. However, we will replace as many as we can once the walls are in place.
The project, which is in its first phase, began on July 31 and should take about eight months to complete. A temporary trail will be installed once this phase is complete. At this time, the Engineering Department will wait a few months to ensure the area is stabilized before returning to build a new street and permanently replace the trail.
We appreciate your patience as we work to accommodate this road repair project, and will continue to keep you up-to-date on the trail’s status. We look forward to reopening the trail as well as the new bridge. Be safe!