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FM2181 expansion holds promise

The long-awaited expansion of FM2181 should provide the impetus needed to help bring a new era of progress to the cities of Hickory Creek and Corinth.

A recent groundbreaking ceremony officially kicked off the $25 million expansion of FM2181 into a six-lane, divided urban roadway.

In about two years, FM2181 will be a six-lane road with a raised median and improvements at all major intersections including Parkridge Drive, Post Oak Drive and FM2499.

State and local officials including Hickory Creek Mayor John Smith, Corinth Mayor Paul Ruggiere, County Judge Mary Horn and District 64 state Rep. Myra Crownover were on hand to celebrate the project, which is expected to boost mobility and economic development.

Denton County Commissioner Hugh Coleman, whose precinct covers the largest portion of the project, said the area was once fairly rural but has rapidly developed in recent years into more of an urban area. Residences and businesses have continued to grow in number, but the area’s transportation infrastructure has not kept up, he said.

“We needed to expand Swisher [Road] due to the growth in the area, and when the second part all the way to Lillian Miller [Parkway] is completed, that will transform a once-rural area into an urban area.

“This is the kind of transportation infrastructure that will advance our quality of life.”

Coleman also noted the road improvements should help make it safer for students attending Guyer High School who walk to and from school.

Smith said the project has lured a number of businesses because of the pending improvements.

Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell, who represents Hickory Creek, noted many county officials have had their hands on the project at some point, passing the baton forward to their successors to get to this stage.

Expansion efforts began in 1999 under former Commissioner Jeff Krueger and continued through to former Commissioner Cynthia White and finally Coleman.

“These projects take a long time and I am glad it’s finally started,” Coleman told us.

The contract for the 3.3-mile project was awarded to J.D. Abrams Construction. Construction cost is expected to be $24.7 million, with Denton County contributing $13.2 million in county bond and regional toll revenue funds and the city of Corinth contributing $242,000

We believe the project promises many benefits, and we are grateful to officials who have worked through the years to make it happen.

In conjunction with other much-anticipated transportation measures — including the 35Express project — the expansion of FM2181 could help bring a new burst of growth and prosperity to Denton County.