Winningkoff Road in Lucas Reopens to Residents’ Relief
Try to imagine the inconvenience and disruption to your daily routine that might occur if the road on which your home is located were to be closed for reconstruction for six months. Dozens of residents along Winningkoff Road on the east side of Lucas, one of the town’s most important thoroughfares, endured just that until May 19th when the ribbon was cut to inaugurate the new and vastly improved roadway.
Thirty eight residents including five Lucas City Council Members, the City Manager Joni Clarke and City Engineer Stanton Foerster, PE, dozens of residents, three horses and a German Shepard enjoyed a glorious spring morning at the intersection of Winningkoff Road and Forestview Drive, at the epicenter of one of the most bucolic neighborhoods in all of Collin County, for the official ceremony complete with donuts, kolaches and coffee. The mood of the group was nothing short of festive, none more so than the Thompsons whose home is located at the site of the ribbon cutting. The Thompsons were among the first to arrive for the ceremonies and immediately embraced both City Manager Jodi Clarke and City Engineer Foerster.
Clarke hosted the ceremony in the absence of both Mayor Jim Olk and Mayor Pro Tem Kathleen Peele both of whom had family obligations preventing their participation. After Council Member Phillip Lawrence delivered a blessing, she first thanked the residents for their patience and good humor during some difficult challenges. Clarke also praised City Engineer Foerster for his diligent oversight of the project especially because construction began during his recovery from knee replacement surgery to both of his knees. Clarke also praised Grod Construction, LLC, that performed the work and brought the project in well ahead of its June 1st agreed-to-completion date. Resident’s gave the crew a standing ovation while they finished the road re-opening preparations. Council Member Debbie Fisher noted that the Winningkoff reconstruction project should serve as a model for the many other road improvements that will soon take place in Lucas.
Several Council Members mentioned that the next Lucas City Council Meeting on June 7 (7:00 PM at City Hall) would take up significant road project issues including funding needs. A larger than normal turnout of residents is anticipated.