Stacy Road Widening Project Update:
“Are we there yet? When will we get there?”
By Steven Hacker
You will have to forgive residents of Lucas, Fairview and Allen for wondering if and when the mile-long, (actually just 0.96 of a mile) Stacy Road widening project will ever be completed. Some, such as commuters, that regularly must drive Stacy Road to access US 75 and those who visit businesses or friends, share growing impatience with the project.
The manager of Diamond Cleaners, located in a strip center set back from the actual construction, which also enjoys access from Highway 5, has not been significantly impacted by construction says, “We are pleased that despite the inconveniences customers have always had access to us. At one time there was actually speculation that portions of Stacy Road might have been shut down, thankfully it never happened. While everyone complains about the detours, noise and dust, it hasn’t cost us any business.” But another business, the Sonic Drive-In near the intersection of Angel Parkway, is much closer to actual construction and its manager says, “I have reviewed our monthly sales revenue since the construction reached our location about 18 months ago and it has declined since.”
While some feel construction has been eternal, work actually began in the spring of 2014 and was to be completed in about two years. However, once preparations for the widening from two lanes to four lanes (perhaps ultimately to six lanes if future demand requires that) began, significant delays occurred owing to underestimating the time needed to relocate underground water, drainage and utility lines. More delay has now occurred because CoServ, the gas utility, is relocating some of its lines. According to Fairview Town Engineer Tom Chancellor, construction should end this summer.
The reality is that projected population growth throughout Collin County requires lots of infrastructure enhancements to prevent future chaos. The population of Collin County in 2010 was 782,341. Lloyd Potter, Texas Office State Demographer, says the 2050 population, will rise to a minimum of 1.8 million people and if the actual growth rate of the last eight years continues, the population would balloon to 3.8 million, surpassing even that of Dallas (projected at 3.3 million by 2050). Perhaps these staggering numbers will provide some comfort for users of Stacy Road but also keep in mind that Angel Parkway and FM 1378 (Country Club Road) will likely be widened before too much longer.