Construction on Preston Road will continue for the next eight months as the city works to improve five major intersections.
Brian Moen, Frisco’s assistant director of transportation, said that construction for the intersection improvement project is anticipated to begin in February.
The improvement project will add turn lanes and modify the traffic signals at five major intersections along Preston Road between Warren Parkway and Main Street. Intersections that will be affected on Preston Road are Warren Parkway, Lebanon Road, Wade Boulevard, Stonebrook Parkway/Rolater Road and Main Street.
Lane closures are scheduled to take place outside of rush hour.
“Drivers should expect daily lane closures between 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at each intersection while it is under construction,” Moen said. “The current plan is to work on only one intersection at a time to minimize the disruption to traffic.”
There have been lane closures and construction on Preston Road for the past few months that are not part of the improvement project. These closures are a result of utility installations and private developments building turn lanes for drivers to access their developments.
There is also franchise utility relocation work occurring at the intersections of Lebanon Road and Stonebrook Parkway/Rolater Road, which has caused periodic lane closures in preparation of the intersection improvement project.
Moen said the intersection improvement project is expected to be complete in October; however, the eight-month schedule is assuming that there are no unknown utility problems encountered.
The cost of construction will be approximately $3.5 million.
The city of Frisco entered into agreements with the Texas Department of Transportation to fund nearly $3 million of the construction cost with federal funds, Moen said. The city’s portion of the cost is about $350,000.
“By overseeing the project, the city is able to provide the improvements earlier than TxDOT’s schedule would allow,” Moen said. “TxDOT will still perform periodic inspections, but the city will perform the day-to-day construction inspection and project management.”
Moen said the city will also coordinate regularly with TxDOT regarding the required documentation and process.