TxDot US 380 construction in Denton County
By Basil Gist
TxDOT eyes 380 shift
Projected growth in traffic within the area by 2045 was the primary focus of the Texas Department of Transportation’s third U.S. 380 Denton County Feasibility Study meeting.
The documents, still available on keepitmovingdallas.com, detail a proposed alternate route for the highway, citing regional and local concerns about traffic flow and safety.
“US 380 provides vital connectivity between Collin and Denton counties, similar to I-20 for Dallas and Tarrant counties,” according to the presentation. “Currently, three major studies are working together to improve this connectivity. US 380 Denton County Feasibility Study and two recently completed studies: the Loop 288 Study in Denton County and the US 380 Collin County Feasibility Study.”
By 2045, the population will have grown from 148,318, as recorded in the 2020 census, to 254,188, as predicted by the North Central Texas Council of Governments, according to the presentation.
The municipalities within the study’s scope are Aubrey, Celina, Cross Roads, Denton, Frisco, Krugerville, Little Elm, Prosper and Providence Village.
Based on the previous meeting, held in December of 2020, the public favored two potential options—a single expanded roadway along U.S. 380 and an expansion of U.S. 380 along with an entire new roadway further north. According to the presentation, these preferences were taken from over 400 surveys and over 300 comments.
TxDOT provided its recommendation, stating that expansion of U.S. 380 without the secondary road would be optimal, and the secondary road to the north would be considered for future study.
The expansion proposal was further adjusted in two points—to minimize projected impacts and to avoid Spiritas Ranch.
To see the presentation, go to keepitmovingdallas.com/US380DentonPM3.
Area residents who wish to leave an online comment may click the link provided on the website.
To reach TxDOT Project Manager Stephen Endres, either email him at Stephen.Endres@txdot.gov or send physical mail-in copies to TxDOT Dallas District Office, Attn: Stephen Endres, P.E. 4777 E. Highway 80, Mesquite, TX 75150.
To leave a voicemail, call 833-933-0439.
The presentation will be available online until Dec. 17. This deadline also serves as the final day TxDOT will accept public comments.