The Challenge of Rapid Growth
The North Texas Council of Governments estimates that by 2040 Collin County may grow to as many as 2.9 million residents. Companies are moving here in droves, bringing jobs and new homes with them.
To get you to work, school, and worship will require additional transportation infrastructure. And we need that added capacity to get food, clothing and fuel to you and your family.
Though the county’s only legal responsibility for the road network is to build and maintain county roads–the smallest of the roads in unincorporated Collin County—we have taken on a larger share of funding for state and federal highways.
In the future we will have to piece together federal, state, and local funds to maintain existing highways and to build significant new ones. The substantial local contribution to these limited access highway projects requires a major change in how we approach county transportation funding. The County’s leadership role will be just as important as our financial contribution.
The map below shows Collin County’s limited-access highways, inadequate to support the population growth that we expect.
The Commissioners Court voted on February 8 to make US Highway 380 our number-one priority. It is the major thoroughfare that cuts east-west through the heart of Collin County and is congested in the west and central portions of the county.
Improvements to State Highway 78, construction of a new north-south highway just west of Lake Lavon and the Outer Loop from US 75 West to the Denton County line will also be vital to open relatively unpopulated areas of the county and to relieve traffic in the congested southwest corner of the county.
We will soon unveil a major initiative including these county priorities to our citizens and our cities’ staffs.
Of the four counties in the North Texas Tollway Authority system, Collin County has the largest percentage of toll lanes, and our residents pay a disproportionate amount of overall toll revenues.
We have prevented tolling on US 75, and a plan is moving to make the HOV lane an open access lane during rush hour. We must avoid adding toll lanes when Collin County commuters already shoulder a heavy regional toll burden.
Our first concern is to provide adequate transportation network to move you to work, to worship, and to school, and to bring to you the goods and services that you require. These priorities aim to accomplish that task.