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Cristopher D. Marshall
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Username: Utdogs1997

Post Number: 16
Registered: 01-2004
Posted on Monday, April 12, 2010 - 09:55 pm:   

Dear City,
You've done a great job with this section of ElDorado. It looks great and the bridge over the train tracks appears to be well on its way.

1) Are the eastbound lanes going to be torn up and redone or are they ok for now?

2) what is the expected completion date for all lanes opening?

I really look forward to being able to drive from Lake Dallas, over the new tollbridge, through Little Elm, all the way across Frisco, and into McKinney! EL DORADO ROCKS!!!

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Username: Jackson88

Post Number: 32
Registered: 07-2007
Posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 11:01 am:   

To add to these questions will Eldorado be four lanes or six lanes between DNT and Preston? It looks like the road will narrow on the East side of the DNT compared to the size of Eldorado b/w DNT and FM423. Btw, agreed it's looking great!

Jason Brodigan, Sr. Civil Engineer
Username: Jason_brodigan

Post Number: 39
Registered: 06-2008
Posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 06:17 pm:   

The City of Frisco construction project on Eldorado between the Dallas North Tollway and Preston Road will widen Eldorado to six lanes. The contractor is currently nearing completion on the three new westbound lanes. In late April or early May, the contractor will switch traffic to the new lanes. At that time, we will fix some isolated pavement failures and construct the new third eastbound lane. Construction of the new six lane roadway is expected to be completed in late 2010.

As a side note, we checked with Little Elm concerning the schedule for the widening of Eldorado to six lanes. The Little Elm project, to be constructed by TxDOT, is expected to begin in early 2011 and take 26 months to complete.

Kevin Black
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Username: Kblack4

Post Number: 1
Registered: 05-2010
Posted on Friday, May 14, 2010 - 09:51 am:   

What's the current status of the intersection at Eldorado and the tollway? It seems like construction stopped there a couple of months ago, with the traffic on the eastbound side still one lane. During peak traffic periods (evenings and weekends) I've seen traffic backed up to the bridge near the park. Is there any time frame on finishing the intersection to alleviate that congestion?

Jason Brodigan, Sr. Civil Engineer
Username: Jason_brodigan

Post Number: 42
Registered: 06-2008
Posted on Friday, May 14, 2010 - 04:10 pm:   

Construction of the Eldorado project is taking place over a 2 and a quarter mile stretch between the Tollway and Preston. Often, it appears the contractor has started at a location and stopped when, in reality, they are simply progressing the project. This is the case in your example. The contractor completed the paving near the tollway a couple of months ago; however, other items still needed to be completed before the pavement can be used. For example, the contractor needs to complete the storm drain inlets and install sod prior to moving traffic to the new pavement. While the contractor may have finished this work in one location, it was not completed everywhere until recently.

That being said, we understand that traffic at this intersection is congested. The good news is that the contractor is hoping to move traffic to the new pavement the week of May 17; however, the weather is likely to delay the traffic switch to the following week.

Garry Morris
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Username: Triptyx

Post Number: 1
Registered: 07-2009
Posted on Friday, May 14, 2010 - 10:41 pm:   

I notice that the new pavement on the eastbound side of ElDorado at the east side of the DNT intersection is much lower than the existing access road (there is a pretty sharp drop from the existing northbound DNT access road to the new pavement. When it rains, the water is very deep on the new pavement. The pavement and curbing appears complete, but I don't see a drain where it would do any good. Hopefully they're paying attention to that problem.

Jason Brodigan, Sr. Civil Engineer
Username: Jason_brodigan

Post Number: 43
Registered: 06-2008
Posted on Monday, May 17, 2010 - 09:52 am:   

The water currently ponds in the eastbound lanes for a couple of reasons which will be addressed as soon as traffic is switched to the new pavement. There is an elevation difference between the existing asphalt pavement and both the eastbound and westbound lanes. This interim condition does not allow the water to drain as designed. The second reason that the water is ponding is that the final connections to the storm sewer system have not been made yet. The connections need to be made to allow the inlets to work; however the connection points lie under the existing asphalt. When traffic is switched to the new pavement, the grade will be cut down to prevent water from flowing on to the eastbound lanes and the final storm sewer connections will be made. This will be a priority immediately after the traffic switch. Weather permitting, the contractor is expecting to make the traffic switch on Wednesday, May 19.

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