Intersection Congestion Concerns

Intersection Congestion Concerns

Fairview resident, Mark Caldwell, requested the Lovejoy Messenger write an article covering the traffic plan for the Highway 5/Country Club Road. intersection. His concern is that with the addition of 200+ homes at the corner, something has to be done to mitigate the future influx of traffic around that intersection and the Frisco Rd. shortcut to Medical Center Drive.

Ryan LaFontaine, TxDOT public information officer said, “We are working on a schematic for Country Club north through the interchange. The city has some basic plans on how Frisco Road will tie in, across the intersection and the future of Fairview Parkway as well.”

Jeffrey Neal, NCTCOG program manager, said, “NCTCOG would certainly be concerned and be happy to work with TxDOT, the City of Fairview, and property owners to help plan improvements to that intersection, particularly since that location is within the west corridor identified in the Collin County Strategic Roadway Plan. However, with State Highway 5 being a state facility, the ultimate decision regarding improvement types and implementation would rest with TxDOT. We hope to work with stakeholders at this location and others along the west corridor to ensure maximum efficiency of that thoroughfare in the future as much as possible.”

Town of Fairview Mayor Darion Culbertson said that the town has been trying to convince TxDOT that Hwy 5 should be four lanes through Fairview. He said that TxDOT has agreed to make Hwy 5 four lanes up to Country Club and that the timeline for that project is approximately three years from now. He said that the town has engineer drawings that show Country Club Drive going to Medical City Drive. He said this project is 30% funded and that they have asked NCTCOG for funding, but haven’t received a response. He said they will continue to work with TxDOT and NCTCOG on this project and he believes if given NCTCOG funding they can speed up the process.

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