TxDOT Invites Feedback on Upcoming Intersection Improvement
On Jun. 18, TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation) held a public meeting regarding proposed intersection improvements to FM 1378 (W. Lucas Rd. and Southview Dr.) and FM 3286 (E. Lucas Rd.) from Edgefield Ln. to Arthur Ct. and from Southview Dr. to Lost Valley Dr. Many Lucas residents attended this meeting, which was held at Lovejoy Elementary School, where they were invited to review the proposal schematics with TxDOT engineers. Attendees discussed concerns and asked questions of the engineers. They also submitted written comments. Lisa Walzl, TxDOT Public Information Officer said, “We understand that any proposed solutions to the region’s transportation needs must address issues and concerns from many stakeholders. Our process is driven by continuous outreach to engage the community throughout the development of the project. TxDOT is currently in the early stages of design for this project. TxDOT will review all comments submitted by the public and will make adjustments to the design as warranted and as feasible.” She explained that improvements to this intersection are needed to support current and future growth in Collin County.
Mohammad Dezfollian has owned the Lucas Food Mart (aka The Bait Shop) for 28 years. He is very concerned about the limited access drivers will have to his business if the project goes as seen on the current schematic. He wrote on his comment sheet, “At Lucas Rd. (SE corner), there is no WB (west bound) left turn access, nor is there a SB (south bound) turn access. Please provide access from SB and WB 3286.”
One Lucas resident made the following recommendation: “The project should be extended westward on 1378 past Edgefield to provide a turn lane for EB traffic on 1278 turning north onto Edgefield Ln.”
Another Lucas resident voiced concern over safety, “We have asked for a turnaround/T drive installed on Prado Verde for 3 plus years. Seven elementary school children exit a Lovejoy ISD bus on Southview Dr. Weekly, someone runs the stop sign on the bus. It is extremely dangerous as it currently is. Adding more lanes (and the ability to pass the bus from behind) will only increase this (problem). While we are in support of the proposal, we would also like to ask that a bus lane be installed, or even better, a turnaround or T drive be installed. As our street is currently designed, semis and large trucks turn around in our yard, over our newly installed septic system, as they cannot turn around on the gravel.”
While pointing at specific parts of the intersection improvement proposal on the schematic, one resident voiced concern to the TxDOT engineer that access to a portion of their property would be limited. The engineer suggested they could negotiate a private drive during right-of-way negotiations.
In regard to traffic concerns related to the construction, Walzl said, “In order to improve the intersection and relieve congestion, the design includes widening the roadway and adding raised medians. This will improve safety and throughput but will also limit some of the traffic movements that are currently available (particularly the left turn from eastbound FM 3286 to go north on Cedar Bend Trail and the left turn from southbound Cedar Bend Trail to go east on FM 3286).
As far as traffic concerns during construction, this will be addressed during the detailed design phase. With the proposed reconfigured intersection located slightly to the north of the existing intersection, the layout lends itself to phased construction to minimize traffic disruptions.
Existing driveways are expected to stay unless it is determined during the detailed design stage that the driveway is not safe.”
Construction is currently planned for fall 2021 but is subject to change. In addition to the road construction, utility relocation will be a part of this project. The current cost estimate for this preliminary stage of design is $3.56 million, which includes right-of-way, utilities and contingencies.
Besides the notice being published in the May 30 issue of the Lovejoy Messenger, information regarding the public meeting was mailed to 149 landowners within a specified distance of the project limits, mailed and emailed to 18 elected officials and posted in other media outlets.
If you would like to submit written comments, do so on or before Wed., Jul. 3. Send comments to TxDOT Dallas District Office, Attention: Mr. Vik Raha, P.E., 4777 E. Highway 80, Mesquite, TX 75150-6643, or by email addressed to email@example.com.