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East Stacy Road construction slows school commute

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LeopardLife Mac Van Benthuysen and Nicole George, Staff Writers

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From getting to school in the morning to grabbing a quick Sonic drink, construction along Stacy Road has impaired motor mobility for parents and teens. Throughout the day, traffic has created a huge impact on residents, parents and students during commutes.

City planners said while the construction may seem never ending, in the end, it will improve motor circulation throughout the towns of Fairview, Lucas, McKinney and Allen. The project is predicted to conclude in Spring 2018.

“This project fulfills the vision of the community Master Thoroughfare Plan (MTP) and the regional County Thoroughfare Plan – plans that strategically map the roads of the community.  The network of road’s functions like the vascular system of the human body.  Local, neighborhood streets feed to collectors, which then lead to wider arterial streets (like capillaries to veins to arteries),” Chris Flanigan, Director of Engineering for the City of Allen, said.

Types of roadways are to handle traffic that helps communities grow.

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“All types of roadways are required to handle the traffic that results from growing communities.  Specifically, Stacy Road is expected to be a 6-lane roadway on the MTP and is being built today as a 4-lane roadway with a wide median in the center.  When conditions are right in the future, an additional two lanes can be constructed in the center of the road, narrowing the median.” said Flanigan.  

Construction has been going on since April 3rd, 2016.
“Yes, we will have to fix the road sometimes in the future. They are constantly getting new potholes and cracks. It’s very busy, so there is going to be construction in the future,” seventh-grader, Elizabeth Esposito, said.
A part of Stacy Road has been going through construction, and people get more curious to know when cars can finally drive in peace.

“The estimated project completion date is due to start in the spring of 2018. The roadway will likely be substantially completed by February 2018 (four lanes open) however, items related to turning  lanes, signal work, clean-up, and grass restoration will take us into the spring before the contractor is 100% complete. This is, of course, dependent upon weather conditions throughout the winter.” Flanigan said.

Right now, the road is very small, only one pair of parallel lines that make it up. The later in the morning, the more traffic holds up the lights. The construction is occurring on the left side of Stacy road, to the east.

“All that good planning aside, in reality, it is the number of cars that use Stacy Road that drives the need.  Simply put, the roadway was inadequate (as a two-lane rural road) to carry the 20,000+ cars we were seeing.  When a roadway experiences more traffic than capacity exists, safety can be compromised.  This new roadway will be more convenient and safer than what we had before,” Flanigan said.

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