Ribbon cutting celebrates FM 720 completion

Denton County Judge Andy Eads, TxDOT, officials from Oak Point, Little Elm, Cross Roads, Aubrey and Providence Village and myself celebrated the completion of FM 720 North in early February at the Oak Grove Methodist Church.

The project, which began construction in March 2018, widened the two-lane rural roadway to a six-lane, divided urban road.

Construction cost for FM 720 North is estimated at $18 million and were funded primarily with Proposition 1 Funds.

The road eases traffic congestion in the 380 Corridor and will likely bring commercial development opportunities to the surrounding communities.

U.S. 380 expansion plans in talks for years

Tina Massey with the Texas Department of Transportation recently discussed plans to widen the existing U.S. 380 to a six-lane divided roadway with grade separations at five locations including FM 423, FM 720, Navo Road, Teel Parkway and Legacy Drive.

Construction costs along the U.S. Corridor are estimated at $159 million with the project fully funded.

I worked with TxDOT to expedite the section of U.S. 380 from Loop 288 to U.S. 377 for an earlier let date of May 2020.  The let date to seek a construction contractor for the section from U.S. 377 to the Denton/Collin county line has been scheduled for February 2021.

The update was part of a Make 380 Safe Town Hall meeting at Braswell High School where residents gathered for information about the corridor.

In the first week of February, a signal light at Magnolia and U.S. 380 was reprogrammed to allow a longer period of time for residents to get on to U.S. 380. Massey said TxDOT was reviewing other lights along the corridor to see if timing could improve traffic both on and off the main thoroughfare.

Residents also asked about additional police patrols along U.S. 380. Massey said TxDOT officials have worked with Little Elm police on grants to patrol U.S. 380. Denton County Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement from neighboring communities also have patrolled the area for drunk drivers and other offenders.

A pedestrian crossing and pedestrian markers for students at U.S. 380 and Navo Road are included in the overall expansion of U.S. 380, officials said, adding that most vehicular traffic at that intersection will be on the overhead grade separation.

Roads are built or expanded with the county paying part of the cost up front and working on plans to present an “out of the box” project to TxDOT.

Our advance work on infrastructure projects and providing partial funding is how we work with TxDOT to get our projects to the front of the line.

We work for years before you see construction crews on site. It takes a lot of planning and coordination to make sure your traffic needs are met well into the future.

Prosper celebrates public safety milestone

On Feb. 29, the Prosper Fire Department invited the public to a ceremonial wet-down and push-in of the town’s new aerial ladder truck.

The truck is capable of pumping 2,000 gallons of water per minute and carries a 300-gallon water tank. Firefighters have been trained to use the truck for such activities as ventilation, aerial master water streams, elevated rescue and more.

The truck also will be responding to all commercial fire alarms, major accidents requiring extrication and accidents on major thoroughfares.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Child and Babysitting Safety course scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on March 7 at the Aubrey Area Library, 226 Countryside Drive. Course highlights include babysitting as a business, safety and injury protection, leadership, play time, basic caregiving skills and first aid. Call (940) 365-9162.
  • The Sixth Annual Touch A Truck hosted by Explorium – Denton Children’s Museum will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at 1500 Long Road in Denton. For a suggested $3 donation, people can explore dozens of vehicles, check out a CoServ demonstration, paint a truck, and grab a bite to eat and more.
  • 8th Annual Celina Cajun Fest is slated from noon to 9 p.m., on April 18 at Celina’s Historic Downtown Square. The free festival features a crawfish boil, Cajun music, an alligator show and more.
  • Join Prosper Mayor Ray Smith’s 2020 Mayor’s Fitness Challenge. The mayor and the Prosper Parks and Recreation Department invite residents to join the challenge to walk or run at least 100 miles or bike at least 500 miles by April 20. Those completing the challenge will be recognized by the Town Council.
  • SpringFest will be held on Saturday, April 4, beginning at 10 a.m. at Jake’s Place Park in the City of Oak Point. The Easter Egg hunt is for children up to age 10. Other activities include pony rides, a petting zoo, crafts, food and more. For more information or to volunteer, call (972) 294-2312.
  • Meet with the Frisco police for Cops and Coffee at Marc Samuels Jewelers, 8549 Gaylord Parkway from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on March 10.

Regional road and bridge updates

FM 2181 North-South – A $37.6 million project to widen FM 2181 from two lanes to a six-lane divided roadway from the Denton/Corinth city limits to Lillian Miller Parkway is expected to be complete in November 2021. Activities expected include City of Denton water lines, storm water lines, possibly begin drilled shafts for noise walls; and prep ROW.

FM 720 North – The contractor is working on punch-list items and closing out the project. 

U.S. 380/U.S. 377 (Loop 288 to U.S. 377) TxDOT design team has completed final plans. A town hall meeting was held on Feb. 12, 2020, at Braswell High School. A let date has been set for June 2020.

U.S. 380 East ­– (U.S. 377 to Collin County line) Consultant completed final plans in December 2019. Utility coordination meeting was held on Jan. 16, 2020. Meetings are coordinated monthly. A town hall meeting was held on Feb. 12, 2020, at Braswell High School. A let date has been set for May 2021.

U.S. 377 North – Environmental constraints mapping is in progress. Noise analysis is in process. Early data collection for some technical reports underway. A public meeting is expected to be held the week of April 21, 2020. VE study scheduled for April 6-9, 2020. Consultant continues efforts toward the 60% schematic. Consultant continues hydrologic evaluation of drainage areas, is conducting internal QC of main-lane geometry, and is designing side street geometry. The 60% schematic submittal is anticipated in March 2020.

U.S. 380 Feasibility Study – TxDOT met with NCTCOG to discuss study and model runs. NCTCOG continues model runs with different alignments. NCTCOG is reviewing alternative alignments for the Outer Loop. Upon completion, NCTCOG will coordinate a meeting with TxDOT to discuss model runs and project.

FM 428 – Project is from Loop 288 to West Sherman Drive/proposed outer loop. NCTCOG is interested in partnering – limited access facility. TxDOT will be adding the FM 428 feasibility study as a supplemental agreement to the U.S. 380 feasibility study contract.

FM 1385 –Received preliminary draft information of survey data at the end of January 2020. Began developing layouts for initial conceptual alternatives. Continuing to develop base hydrologic drainage design analysis for 23 drainage crossings along project limits. Continued review of Little Elm Creek drainage sub basin. Continued coordination with TxDOT, NCTCOG and local governments for traffic counts. Requesting traffic information at FM 1385 and Fishtrap Road intersection based on improvements planned in Town of Prosper.

FM 2931 –Consultant continues work on initial set-up and layout of proposed typical sections and ROW footprint. Consultant is continuing work on layout, adding driveway cuts, left-turn lanes, and median noses. Aerial survey is underway and expected to be complete before the end of February 2020. Meeting with TxDOT and Providence Village held on Feb. 13, 2020, to evaluate typical sections and receive input on ROW impacts.  

FM 455 – From west of FM 2450 to east of Marion Road; the project is slated to have 100% plans ready in September 2020 with a January 2022 let date. The consultant will submit 95% plans set upon bridge/culvert layout approval. Bridge/culvert layouts submitted on Jan. 24, 2020. Received comments on Feb. 5, 2020. Layouts were resubmitted on Feb. 14, 2020. Revised Railroad Exhibit A was submitted on Feb. 14, 2020, after receiving TxDOT comments on Feb. 5. Subcontractor is performing Level A SUE at several locations along FM 455. SUE report expected to be complete by end of February 2020. Utility coordination meeting held on Feb. 20, 2020.

I-35 at FM 455 – Estimated cost of reconstruction of approximately 4,500 feet of I-35 over FM 455 is projected at $27,231,547 with a let date of August 2022. The consultant will submit 95% plan set upon bridge/culvert layout approval. Bridge/culvert layouts submitted on Jan. 24, 2020. Received comments on Feb. 5, 2020. Layouts were resubmitted on Feb. 14. Utility relocation coordination meeting held on Feb. 20, 2020.

I-35 North (Segment 1) – Consultant submitted the 30% plan set to TxDOT in January 2020; it is under review.

I-35 North (Segment 2) – Consultant submitted the 30% plan set to TxDOT in January 2020; it is under review.

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 95% plans are underway and are expected in April 2020; the 95% plan set will incorporate traffic and final survey. TxDOT received final survey on northbound frontage road on Feb. 3, 2020. Level B SUE north of Mayhill and south of Loop 288 is complete. Level A SUE will be initiated.

I-35/35E/35W Merge – The pre-30% submittal is expected at the end of February 2020. The next project milestone is the 60% plan submittal; however, with -087 project slightly ahead of -090 project, the 60% submittal will be delayed for submittal in correlation with the -090 job in an effort to synchronize project schedules. Level B SUE is in progress, with completion expected April 2020.  

I-35E/Loop 288/Brinker/Mayhill – Construction was completed in January 2020. Work will continue on the sidewalk, sod/grass, rip rap and ditches.

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 –Bid opening scheduled for March 12, 2020. Utility relocation has begun.

Sam Bass Road Project – FM 455 North of Nance Road Construction started. Estimated completion date is November 2020.

Pecan Valley Road Culvert Replacement – Construction started. Estimated completion date is April 2020.

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 – Construction started. Estimated completion date is April 2020.

Hickory Creek Road Street Lights – Tree trimming to be completed prior to installation of lights by Oncor.

Mayhill Road – From north of Quail Creek Road to U.S. 380, paving operations are ongoing.  Various lane closures and lane changes are occurring as required. Signal installation is ongoing. Driveway, signal, median and vegetation work is nearly complete. Initial walk-throughs have begun. Overall progress delayed somewhat due to weather. Reviewed feasibility of adding McKinney intersection to Mayhill project by change order. TIP modification requesting same was submitted to NCTCOG on Oct. 25, 2019. RTC approved the additional scope and use of the project’s interest earnings to undertake the additional scope.  

Dallas North Tollway, Extension 4B –Consultant is working toward completion of final plans. Anticipate final board action approving construction contracts for the project in May 2020.

Lake Sharon Extension  The city, bankruptcy and surety company have executed termination paperwork. Corinth received revised executed termination agreement on Feb. 17, 2020; city to execute.

Sam Bass Road – From FM 455 to approximately 500 feet north of Nance Road, this estimated $3.5 million project will be rebuilt as a two-lane rural road and realign the intersection with FM 455. Utility coordination efforts are ongoing. Construction is underway. Current activities include barricades, ROW preparation and utility relocations. The contractor is beginning construction efforts at FM 455 and working north. A construction completion date has been set for November 2020.

Shady Shores Road –An estimated $10 million in STBG funds have been allocated for this project. TxDOT has drafted a funding agreement. A consultant has been selected. ITS is coordinating with the consultant to negotiate a scope and fee for the project. They met on Feb. 6, 2020, to discuss the project scope. The consultant is working to schedule a meeting to discuss environmental requirements.

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.