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Denton County road contract approved

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By Bj Lewis / Staff Writer

Denton County Commissioners are another step closer to bringing some relief to South County Line Road in western Denton County.

Commissioners recently approved a contract with Denton-based Teague, Nall and Perkins Inc. to design the plans for the South County Line Road reconstruction project, set in Precinct 4. Once the plans are done, the physical work can be contracted out and the road repaired.

“We get a lot of complaints on it. It’s a bad road and we just need to be able to get in there and fix it for as long as possible,” said Robin Davis, project manager for Precinct 4 County Commissioner Andy Eads.

Davis said if the county wanted to take on the project itself, it would take working every day of the entire paving season to get it done and they would not be able to work on any other county roads.

Gary Vickery, principal with Teague, Nall and Perkins, said the county issued the request for qualifications about two years ago.

The project was included in a bond package approved by voters in 2008. The county chose a design firm in late 2011, and the $757,200 contract was approved this week.

Vickery said the time between the selection and the contract was likely because county officials were prioritizing other projects and not wanting to have too many going on at one time.

“It’s literally on the west county line between FM114 and FM407,” he said. “Basically, the project will improve that road. It gets a fair amount of traffic, lot of gas well traffic. In order to stream line maintenance of it, it’s time to pave it.”

Vickery said he did not know whether the four miles of roadway would be concrete or asphalt.

The firm will design the new road. Officials are hoping to work within the existing right of way on the project.

“We’re hoping we can get the plans completed by sometime next spring,” Vickery said.

He estimated construction could begin next summer and said at least the plans will be ready by that time.

In the meantime, the firm’s work will include topographic mapping, locating utilities, working on road design and drainage.

“With that many miles, there is just a lot of stuff to do,” he said.

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