Thursday, May 23, 2013
State Highway 5 between McKinney and Fairview closed for six months
Highway 5 will be closed from Farm-to-Market 1378 (Country Club Road) to FM 2786 (Stacy Road).
MCKINNEY Construction has begun, and State Highway 5 between McKinney and Fairview was closed Tuesday for six months to re-align the highway and remove the railroad overpass.
Highway 5 will be closed from Farm-to-Market 1378 (Country Club Road) to FM 2786 (Stacy Road). The project is estimated to be complete in January 2014. Michelle Releford, Texas Department of Transportation spokeswoman, said the out-of-service railroad overpass was removed several years ago by the railroad company because it was too low and was being hit regularly by trucks.
"After the overpass was removed, the abutments - or the columns on either end - remained," she said. "Removing those abutments is part of this project as well as the re-alignment. The re-alignment will straighten several sharp curves, which will also improve safety and flow of traffic."
Drivers traveling southbound on SH 5 traffic will detour east on Country Club Road to westbound Stacy Road back to SH 5. Northbound traffic will detour east on Stacy Road to northbound Country Club Road back to SH 5.
Releford said the additional traffic will cause some problems on other major roadways.
"[There will be congestion] for a time, but the payoff will be a better road surface and several sharp curves will be alleviated," she said.
Sometime this summer, TxDOT will garner bids on a project to resurface the portion of SH 5 from just north of the project limits to Wilson Creek. A left turn lane southbound at FM 1378 will also be added to improve safety and traffic flow.
"It's essential to get this current project underway in order for the other project to sync with the new alignment," she said.
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