Denton County, Frisco join forces to expand Legacy Drive

Denton County Commissioners Court recently approved an interlocal cooperation agreement with the City of Frisco to expand Legacy Drive from Rockhill Parkway to U.S. 380, which is located in Precinct One.

The project, estimated to cost $4.9 million, will build Legacy Drive as a six-lane, divided urban roadway.  The county will provide $4 million from Permanent Improvement Funds with Frisco contributing $900,000 as well as handling the design, engineering, related construction activities and project inspections.

Little Elm, county work together on French Settlement Road

Officials recently broke ground on improvements to French Settlement Road in Little Elm.

The road improvements from Hill Lane to Eldorado Parkway will be in front of the new Little Elm Independent School District’s new Jerry R. Walker Middle School, which will be located at 633 French Settlement Road and is expected to open in 2020.

Denton County and the Town of Little Elm are collaborating on the $2,664,891 million project which will improve the road. It will be rebuilt from a two-lane rural roadway to a three-lane concrete roadway with turn lanes and pedestrian accommodations. The project located in Precinct One also includes the installation of a traffic light located at Eldorado Parkway and Dickson Lane. The county will contribute $1,332,446 toward completion of the project. Little Elm will contribute $1,332,445 as well as handle engineering, right-of-way acquisition, related construction activities and project inspections.

Pilot Point officials break ground for new police headquarters

The City of Pilot Point recently celebrated the groundbreaking for a new headquarters for the Pilot Point Police Department.

The new brick, two-story police headquarters will be located just east of the Pilot Point City Hall immediately adjacent to the City Hall parking lot in the 100 block of Main Street.

The approximately 6,000-square-foot building will quadruple the size of the current police station. The project, estimated to cost $1.2 million, is expected to be finished in 2020. The project is being funded through the November 2018 bond election approved by residents.

Pilot Point Police Chief Tim Conner indicated the new headquarters will include interview rooms, a police conference room, locker and shower facilities for employees, a dedicated training area, more space for evidence storage and a dedicated space for the code enforcement officer.

Holiday events

Pilot Point plans annual Christmas on the Square

Bring the family to enjoy a day of holiday fun in Pilot Point.

The annual Christmas on the Square begins at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, with mini-train rides, cookie decorating, church choir and dance performances, horse-drawn carriage rides, face painting, food vendors, opportunities for Christmas shopping, bounce houses, a rock climbing wall and more.

Santa and Mrs. Claus and the elves will gather in the Pilot Point Gazebo on the downtown square where they will light the city tree.  They also will be available for photos. The event, which ends at 8 p.m., will be held regardless of rain, sleet or snow.

For information, call 940-686-6488.

Denton annual Holiday Lighting Festival set for Dec. 6

Be sure to mark your calendar for the 31st annual Denton Holiday Lighting Festival on the downtown Denton Square on Dec. 6.

The event features music, food, vendors, holiday performances, Santa’s workshop, horse drawn wagons, photos with Santa and much more. The Wassail Weekend begins 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and continues Saturday, Dec. 7, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Downtown merchants provide free tastings both days.

Stay tuned for new events planned this year by visiting www.dentonholidaylighting.com.

Denton County holiday closures for Christmas, New Year

Denton County offices will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25. All offices will reopen at the regularly-scheduled times on Thursday, Dec. 26. County offices will also be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, and will reopen at the regularly-scheduled times on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.

Regional road and bridge updates

FM 720 North – The contractor is working on placing concrete for sidewalks, ramps, and median; top soil and sod on southbound; and permanent striping for north and southbound lanes. The contractor will be working on permanent striping for north and southbound lanes; top soil and sod; median concrete. The project is on track for March 2020 completion.

U.S. 380 East (Loop 288 to U.S. 377) The 95% plans were completed and submitted for review on May 20, 2019. TxDOT design team is working toward completion of final plans. (U.S. 377 to county line) Consultant completed work on 95 percent plans and submitted for review on July 26, 2019. Consultant is working toward completion of final plans. Utility coordination meeting was held on Oct. 17, 2019. Meetings are coordinated monthly.

U.S. 377 North – Public meeting will be scheduled to coincide with 60 percent schematic delivery in spring 2020. TNP continues efforts toward the 60% schematic which is anticipated in March 2020. TNP provided a schedule update to TxDOT; TNP and TxDOT to meet in December 2019 to discuss schedule and coordinate on project.  

U.S. 380 Feasibility Study – Following public meetings in January; a second public meeting is expected in early 2020. Identification of a preferred alignment is expected in the first quarter of 2020, followed by a third public meeting.

FM 428 – Project is from east Windsor Drive to West Sherman Drive/proposed outer loop. TxDOT to initiate feasibility study. Anticipate selection of firm by end of 2019.

FM 1385 –Pending survey and SUE files, expected in November and December respectively. Performing traffic counts and data collection for preparation of projections model. Environmental constraints initial data collection planned for December 2019.  Meeting with TxDOT, Denton County and others held on Nov. 14 to review alternatives for widened section with emphasis on Mustang Creek area.

FM 2931 – Due to change in project managers at onset of project, TxDOT scheduled a second meeting on Nov. 20.

FM 455 – From west of FM 2450 to east of Marion Road; contractor submitted plans to TxDOT for utility relocations on Aug. 20 with a utility meeting held on Oct. 17. The contractor continues efforts toward a 95% plan set that will include traffic control plans, signals and illumination. The 95% plans are on schedule for submittal in January 2020. BNSF would like to show the accommodation of two future tracks. Anticipate submittal of revised Exhibit A with all comments addressed for approval in the first week of December 2019.

FM 455 at I-35 – Environmental clearance received on Oct. 7. The contractor is finalizing retaining wall design and continues progress toward 95% plan set that will include a traffic control plan, signals and illumination. The 95% plans are on track for submittal in January 2020.

I-35 North (Segments 1 and 2) – Environmental approval was received on Oct. 7 for the estimated $546.5 million project from U.S. 380 to 0.7 miles north of FM 3002. Consultant is preparing 60% PS&E for submittal by end of January 2020.

I-35E/Mayhill – This $55.6 million project to reconstruct the interchange at Mayhill and I-35E is projected to begin in May 2021. The contractor finalized 60 percent design and submitted to TxDOT for review. TxDOT has received preliminary survey on northbound frontage road. First utility coordination meeting was held on Oct. 17.

I-35/35E/35W Merge – TxDOT and consultant are working on bridge layouts for approval from both the district and bridge division in Austin prior to 30% plans. Anticipate submittal of 30% plans in January 2020. The project received $319.3 million in CAT 12 funding, which was approved by the Texas Transportation Commission on Aug. 29.

I-35E/Loop 288/Brinker/Mayhill – Work on Brinker signal installation is underway and is expected to be completed by Nov. 27, 2019. Current activities include: Asphalt removal Loop 288/southbound frontage road; constructing center median barrier main lanes; and removing driveways along southbound frontage road. Southbound frontage road/Loop 288 traffic switch completed, including northbound frontage road entrance ramp and Loop 288 U-turns. Changes in traffic patterns will include nightly closures on southbound main lanes for removal of concrete barrier.

County road and bridge updates

Arvin Hill Road Project US 377 to Red Mesa – 

Red Mesa to New Hope under construction, scheduled completion March 2020. New Hope to US 377 scheduled completion September 2020.

U.S. 377/Stewart/Arvin Hill Intersection Improvements –TxDOT is reviewing 95 percent plans for the intersection improvements.

Sam Bass Road Project – FM 455 North of Nance Road –Contract awarded to Texas Bit. Utility relocation coordination ongoing.

Pecan Valley Road Culvert Replacement – Contract awarded to West Texas Rebar Placers.

Rockhill Road/Arvin Hill Road Project Red Mesa to UP RR – Revisions to 100 percent plans for USACE comments underway. Utility relocation coordination ongoing. 

Hackberry Creek Park Road Project – Construction request and mitigation plan submitted to USACE.  

Lois Road West Culvert Replacement – Survey and Engineering study ongoing.   

Rector Road West Culvert – Bid opening December 2019.

Hickory Creek Road Street Lights – Request to design submitted to ONCOR.

Fishtrap Road – Project from Dallas North Tollway to FM 1385 with potential improvements west of FM 1385 could serve as an alternate route for U.S. 380. NCTCOG has created a funding graphic of Fishtrap and the surrounding area. NCTCOG continues to meet internally on potential solutions. Town of Prosper working toward designing segments of Fishtrap Road within town limits ahead of potential funding partnership with NCTCOG.

Mayhill Road – From north of Quail Creek Road to U.S. 380, paving operations are underway.

City of Denton, TxDOT, NCTCOG, and ITS met on September 19, 2019, to discuss feasibility of adding McKinney/Mayhill intersection to Mayhill project. Signal contractor has begun work on Mills and US 380 signal installations. Driveway design/constructability review and right of entry identification/acquisition underway. On segment from N. Quail Creek to Colorado, project will be bid as separate job. Design and ROW acquisition are ongoing.

Dallas North Tollway, Extension 4B –NTTA is working to obtain rights of entry to complete survey. Contractor is working toward the final plans. Project schedule is dependent upon completion of donation agreements, which are expected to be in place by the end of 2019.

Lake Sharon Extension  The city executed termination paperwork and is awaiting bankruptcy, surety company and contractor to execute.

Sam Bass Road – From FM 455 to approximately 500 feet north of Nance Road, this estimated $3.5 million project will rebuild the road as a two-lane rural road and realign the intersection with FM 455. Contract was awarded. Construction may begin after completion of utility relocations.

Shady Shores Road – TxDOT has drafted funding agreement. City of Lake Dallas has executed ICA to obligate 50 percent of funding for engineering with an agreement to be placed on Commissioners Court agenda for consideration. Town of Shady Shores has executed ICA to obligate 50 percent of funding for engineering. Commissioners Court approved the agreements on Aug. 27. On Oct. 15, 2019, Denton County Commissioners Court approved a Request for Qualifications for preliminary engineering and environmental efforts. Qualification statements were due on November 14, 2019. Five firms submitted qualification statements. The evaluation committee members have been selected and were approved by the Commissioners Court on November 19, 2019. The selection committee will be scheduling a meeting to select the most qualified firm.

Denton County Precinct One Commissioner Hugh Coleman can be reached at (940) 349-2810. The main office is located at 1175 Union Hill Road in Sanger. He is also available by appointment only at the Steven E. Copeland Government Center at 1400 FM 424, Suite 139 in Cross Roads or the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square at 110 W. Hickory St., Suite 323 in Denton.