6 road projects planned or underway in Allen, Fairview


Transportation Updates

1. US 75 construction

The area’s major north-south thoroughfare continues to undergo construction as crews work to resolve a temporary bottleneck. The project will add a fourth lane in each direction through Allen and Fairview, bringing that portion of the highway in line with neighboring sections of the corridor. Crews are also adding new entrance and exit ramps to improve safety and prevent vehicle backups from traffic lights onto highway lanes.

Timeline: scheduled for completion in spring 2017
Cost: $49 million
Funding sources: Texas Department of Transportation

2. Alma Drive improvements

Construction is nearly complete on the first phase of the Alma Drive improvement project at the intersection of Alma Drive and Exchange Parkway in Allen. The start date for the rest of the project, which extends from SH 121 to Hedgcoxe Road, has not been scheduled. The project will widen Alma to six lanes in areas where four- or five-lane sections exist.

Timeline: TBD
Cost: $5.5 million
Funding sources: city of Allen, Collin County

3. Stacy Road expansion

The roadway is under construction to reconstruct the two-lane rural highway into a four-lane divided urban roadway with left-turn lanes, a median and sidewalks. The project extends from Greenville Avenue to Country Club Road in Fairview.

Timeline: March 2016-spring 2018
Cost: $15.7 million
Funding sources: TxDOT

4. FM 2551/Angel Parkway

The project is in the design phase to reconstruct the two-lane rural roadway into a six-lane divided urban thoroughfare. The project will likely not begin until 2020 because of the need to relocate a regional water transmission line first, according to city of Allen Director of Engineering Chris Flanigan.

Timeline: 2020-TBD
Cost: $38.5 million
Funding sources: TxDOT

5. Ridgeview Drive extension

The phase of the Ridgeview Drive extension between Alma Drive and Stacy Road in Allen is open. The second phase of the Ridgeview Drive extension, from Watters Road to Chelsea Boulevard, will be under construction in 2017-18 after Allen City Council approved a $484,550 design contract
Oct. 25. The city and Allen ISD will accelerate portions of the project to accommodate construction at Elementary School No. 18.

Timeline: scheduled for completion by end of 2018 (Watters Road to Chelsea)
Cost: $6.9 million
Funding sources: Allen ISD, city of Allen

6. Ridgemont Drive reconstruction

A portion of Ridgemont Drive between Greenville Avenue and the railroad tracks has deteriorated and will require reconstruction in early 2017. The project will also add a lane to accommodate right and left turns from Ridgemont onto Greenville.

Timeline: scheduled for completion by end of 2017
Cost: $2 million
Funding sources: city of Allen and private developer


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Daniel Houston
Daniel Houston covers Plano city government, transportation, business and education for Community Impact Newspaper. A Fort Worth native and Baylor University graduate, Daniel reported previously for The Dallas Morning News and The Associated Press in Oklahoma City.
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