Corinth awards funds for roadway design

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CORINTH — City Council members awarded $281,800 Thursday night to Teague, Nall and Perkins Inc. for the design of the Lake Sharon Drive extension.

The council unanimously awarded the contract to the firm, one of four selected to interview for the project design. Public Works Director Justin Brown said city staffers chose the firm based on its previous roadway work design in the city and the results of an interview.

“They’ve done great work for the city in the past and they are known for their high quality of work,” he said.

He added that the selection process was based on quality of work, not price.

The engineering design for Lake Sharon Drive will include a four-lane divided roadway with sidewalks and a storm sewer system, Brown said.

The engineering design is expected to take about eight months to complete, he said.

City officials plan to extend Lake Sharon Drive westward to connect to FM2499, which state transportation officials plan to extend toward Interstate 35E.

The extension of Lake Sharon is estimated to cost approximately $2.7 million, including engineering design, land surveying, right of way acquisition, construction and utility relocation.

Officials said one of the benefits of the project is that it will be fully funded without the city having to issue any debt to complete it. Almost half of the project’s cost will be funded by Denton County. The county has agreed to contribute $1.3 million toward the project.

The extension of FM2499 and Lake Sharon should help alleviate traffic congestion and give residents easier access to other parts of the city, officials said.

City officials say the extension is one piece of a bigger effort locally and statewide to improve traffic flow along the region’s most congested roads.

There is currently no set date for completion of the FM2499 extension in Corinth, but some officials estimate that it will be completed sometime in 2017. Lake Sharon is expected to be completed at about the same time.

According to a state study and Brown, the FM2499 extension is estimated to cost the state about $31.8 million.

A North Central Texas Council of Governments study of the FM2499 project stated that it has the opportunity to positively affect transportation patterns, particularly in the western area of Corinth.

The roadway will serve as a major north-to-south regional arterial and will help alleviate traffic congestion on Post Oak Drive, particularly at the I-35E intersection, according to the study.

JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @JDHarden.


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