County commissioners have not called for a road improvement bond since 2008. That bond included county road and building projects including the Lewisville Government Center.
The Nov. 8 ballot items focus on transportation projects. The projects are slated to provide congestion relief and safety improvements, according to the county. More than 110 projects have been identified to date in all four precincts of Denton County. A list of proposed projects is available at www.dentoncounty.gov.
Among proposed projects are Loop 288 West and Loop 288 East frontage roads, FM 1171 West, I-35W frontage roads, US 377 north and more.
“We wanted to focus this bond election on our roads and bridges, and that's exactly what we did,” County Judge Andy Eads said.
Denton County will use funds from the bond to begin engineering, right-of-way acquisitions, utility relocations and other startup costs to ensure state and federal highway projects are potentially given higher priority, according to the county. County officials worked with area cities to cover a portion of costs to improve or expand major thoroughfares.
“Great roads invite great economic companies to come to the county of Denton to provide more tax dollars so we can do greater things,” Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell said during the Aug. 16 meeting.
The proposed projects come after two public bond workshops that were held this summer to get resident feedback.
The bond comes as Denton County is one of the top 10 fastest-growing counties in the country, according to the U.S. census. It grew 38.1% from 2010-20. About 82 people move to Denton County every day.
“I would anticipate these bond proceeds to be working here in the county to be issued over the next 10 years,” Eads said. “I would appreciate the consideration of the voters as they look through this as we work to improve Denton County and work on projects that will truly outlive each and every one of us.”