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Update from Denton Co. Commissioner Andy Eads

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Copper Canyon Road North Update
Phase I of the Copper Canyon Road north section is well underway. The roadway is currently closed to southbound traffic but the northbound lanes remains open. Construction has progressed nicely and one lane is “formed up” and concrete will be poured shortly. Once it cures, traffic will be redirected to this new lane. The land has been cleared where the new lanes will be constructed which will be to straighten out the existing curve. This should improve mobility as well as safety. The detour route for this project is Hilltop and Old Alton Roads. In preparation for this increase of traffic to these two roads, we improved the shoulders to these roads and striped the roads with shoulder stripes and centerlines. I appreciate the patience of the residents along these two roads as they tolerate this increase in traffic on their roads during this time of construction.

Robson Ranch Road Reconstruction

Robson Ranch Road reconstruction is about halfway complete. The two new additional concrete lanes have been completed. The next step that will begin this week will be the redirection of traffic onto the new lanes, then the removal of the existing asphalt road. This will be replaced with two new concrete lanes. Thank you to the residents for your patience with these improvements.

Improvements to Hwy 377
Realizing that Denton County is one of the fastest growing counties in the country and congestion along all our state highways continues to increase, I included Denton County’s 20% local match totaling $21.6 million dollars for the future widening of Hwy 377 in the 2008 Denton County Bond Election. The voters passed this proposition in November 2008.  To ensure that funding would not continue to be an issue in the development of this much-needed project, in December 2009, Denton County submitted the remaining construction costs to the Regional Transportation Council. I represent Denton County on the RTC, and am pleased to report that the RTC unanimously approved our proposal to have the ultimate improvements to be paid through the Regional Toll Revenues/Council of Governments. These revenues are part of Denton County’s proceeds from the tolling of Highway 121. These remaining costs are currently estimated to be $86.7 million dollars. Denton County is taking the lead on this project and has selected the firm which will be doing the environmental study and engineering design. The engineering firm should be under contract in the next few weeks. Other improvements to the highway will be the installation of a traffic signal at the entrance to Liberty Christian School and Cross Timbers Church in Argyle. TxDOT reports that work should begin on the signal January 21, 2010 and take approximately 30 working days. We are also working with TxDOT on other traffic studies in and around Argyle along 377 and exploring a potential decrease in the current speed limit. We will keep readers posted on these projects as things develop. 

Open House regarding compression stations and wastewater site
Williams Energy currently has plans to install compression stations on a seven acre site along Jeter Road, and Bosque Disposal Systems has a permit request at the Texas Railroad Commission for a wastewater injection well at the same site. This is an obvious concern for neighbors and the local water supply corporations. In the next couple of weeks our office will be hosting an open house whereby industry representatives will be available to outline their plans and answer concerns from the community. We are still confirming dates with the companies and the state agencies that we have requested also attend. We will post the date and time on our website http://dentoncounty.com/court/Precinct4/  as well as notify the local media.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at 940-349-2801 or andy.eads@dentoncounty.com.

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