Crawford Road Is Happening: Right Now!

Commissioner Dianne Edmondson

Yes, it has begun—at long last! On Dec. 9, an official groundbreaking ceremony was held at the corner of John Paine and Crawford Roads marking the beginning of this long-awaited $2.6M project. The construction contract was awarded in October to Jagoe-Public Company, a well-respected Denton firm who has built a large number of roads and streets in our area.

After some delays in acquiring the needed rights-of-way, this three-way-partnership—consisting of the town of Argyle, the City of Denton, and Denton County—is now moving full speed ahead. Estimated at 300 calendar days of construction, the project was started in mid-December and is expected to be completed in October 2021. The next step is relocation of various utilities, which should be completed in January.

Argyle is managing the project and town officials indicate construction has begun at the intersection of Crawford and John Paine roads where a roundabout, provided by Denton, should be completed in February. Two lanes of traffic will be open on Crawford Road until February. Then, construction will start on the western portion of Crawford Road. At that time, only westbound traffic will be allowed from John Paine Road to I-35W. A detour route will guide eastbound traffic onto Taylor and Old Justin roads. The final portion of the project will be constructed alongside the east side of Crawford Road from John Paine Road to the railroad tracks. Once the project is completed, Argyle will provide maintenance of Crawford Road and Denton will take over John Payne Road. Following is a summary of the project:

* Project Description: Reconstruct Crawford Road as a two-lane undivided rural arterial with left-turn lanes at key intersections and a roundabout at the intersection with John Paine Road.

* Total Project Cost: $3,463,600

* Funding: Denton County: $2,263,600 from TRIP ’08 bond program; Town of Argyle: $1,200,000; City of Denton: $300,000 (for roundabout) plus preliminary traffic study

* Design Engineer: Jeff Spears of Teague Nall and Perkins Engineering

* Low Bid Construction Cost: $2,645,373 at 5% below engineer’s estimate Jagoe-Public Company

During construction, there will, of course, be some inconvenience to residents and those traveling in the area; but (weather permitting) the project will be completed in less than one year, and I am sure we will all be grateful for the much-improved stretch known as Crawford Road!

Commissioner Dianne Edmondson may be reached at her Southwest County Courthouse office at 6200 Canyon Falls Drive in Argyle or by phone at 972-434-3960. To receive her periodic e-newsletter updates, please request it at [email protected]