East Stacy Road Construction Update
From 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm on Thursday, January 17, James Chancellor, Fairview Town Engineer, hosted an open house at the Fairview Fire Station No. 2 on Stacy Road to answer residents’ questions about the reconstruction of East Stacy Road from Thompson Springs Road to Orr Road. While that section of the road is only about a mile and a half long, it has become a vital link for residents to McKinney, Lucas, and provides access to the western parts of Fairview itself, most notably, the commercial district where the Villages at Fairview and Allen are located.
Chancellor explained that rebuilding a two-lane road is one of the most daunting roadway engineering challenges due to the absence of sufficient room along the road itself to create temporary roadways and to quickly rebuild the base and several layers of asphalt and concrete. Heretofore, East Stacy Road was constructed entirely of asphalt that over time degraded significantly. Concrete roads are much more durable and not as subject to deterioration.
Several dozen residents visited the fire station and learned that the reconstruction project that began in September remains on schedule and construction should be completed in late April or early May barring any significant weather delays. Chancellor explained that temporary lanes are now carrying traffic both northbound and southbound while the construction crew is now focused on rebuilding the permanent lanes. When one of the two lanes is completed, traffic will then be rerouted to it while the remaining permanent lane is completed. The final part of the project will be the finishing of a bike/walking trail along the northern perimeter of the final roadway.
Chancellor offered this advice during the remaining phase of reconstruction: “Pay heed to the 20-MPH posted temporary speed limit. There isn’t a lot of wiggle room along the temporary roadways. Speeding within the construction road is dangerous to drivers and construction crew.”