County shifts funds to keep projects on track

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Denton County commissioners shuffled a little more than $700,000 for road projects Tuesday to help keep the projects on track.

The moves will maximize the available funds to get the projects done and help accommodate the anticipated growth in the northern parts of the county, officials said.

The first move was the approval of a contract for engineering services between Denton County and Lina T. Ramey & Associates, for the Dallas North Tollway Interim Connector Road Project.

Commissioner Hugh Coleman said the project will build a connecting roadway from Moberly Street to FM428 that will meet the Dallas North Tollway extension at the county line.

“I want to provide mobility in that area that will allow for a chance for economic development — otherwise we will just have a road,” Coleman said. “This way if we connect it to FM428, we’re connecting that extension to a major thoroughfare, which will allow for economic development.”

Commissioners approved the $239,489 in funds to be transferred from Coleman’s miscellaneous county roads funds to pay for the project.

Commissioners also approved an interlocal cooperation agreement between Denton County and Frisco for the Teel Parkway Improvement Project located within the city of Frisco, authorizing the appropriation of $500,000 of unallocated TRIP-04 bond funds to the new Teel Road project funds.

The total project is not expected to exceed $5 million.

“This project will help the city of Frisco in anticipation of residential and economic development,” Coleman said.

Officials will seek to expand Teel from Panther Creek to U.S. Highway 380, partnering with the city in hopes of getting out in front of anticipated growth.

“It’s very important we get the transportation infrastructure in place before the growth — in Frisco, it’s already coming,” Coleman said.

Coleman said a third of Frisco’s residents are now in Denton County but that officials expect Denton County’s portion will ultimately be larger than in Collin County.

“I’m really trying to get out in front of growth,” Coleman said. “We’re partnering with the city to help them get that in place.”

County Judge Mary Horn lauded the court for the forethought to hold bond elections in 2004 and 2008.

“[The bonds] allow us to move these projects forward at a time when expanding mobility is so important,” she said. “It is vitally important not only to good mobility but economic development throughout the county.”

BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875 and via Twitter at @BjlewisDRC.


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