Monday, June 01, 2009

The Road Warrior: Wise County gets $37 million for highway project

By GORDON DICKSON May. 31, 2009

The incredible population growth of Dallas-Fort Worth continues to spread its tentacles north and west.

Not long ago, Wise County was considered a rural enclave and wasn’t even part of the federally recognized metropolitan planning area. Today, it’s the beneficiary of a big ol’ chunk of metropolitan-style highway money.

A $37 million chunk, to be precise. That’s the amount awarded to contractor J.D. Abrams L.P. to widen a two-lane stretch of U.S. 380 to a four-lane, divided highway from Decatur to the Denton County line.

The 10.5-mile project is scheduled to be completed in fall 2011 — and until then motorists can expect delays. The work could begin in weeks.

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