Keeping Things Moving on the Outer Loop
Collin County is moving ahead with design and right-of-way acquisition of the Outer Loop.

Keeping Things Moving on the Outer Loop

Your Collin County Commissioners Court has been drawing up plans to keep people and commerce moving freely in the coming years of fast-paced growth. And a big part of those plans is building the Outer Loop. 
Collin County Commissioners Court has outlined three transportation priorities: the expansion of US 380, the creation of a north-south freeway east of US 75, and the Outer Loop.

Three transportation priorities: the expansion of US 380, the creation of a north-south freeway east of US 75, and the Outer Loop. (Click on the image and scroll to Slide 9).

Ultimately, the Court has outlined three priorities: the expansion of US 380, the creation of a north-south freeway east of US 75, and the Outer Loop.
Although US 380 and the north-south freeway are vital, they will require agreement among the cities and the state. Frankly, they will take longer to get up-and-running.
On the other hand, the county has considerably more control over the Outer Loop. So, even if US 380 and the new freeway are stalled, the Outer Loop is on the way.
In fact, we have a good head start on design and right-of-way:

 

  • The first two-lane segment between US 75 and SH 121 was completed in 2013 with a total cost of close to $100 million. Traffic continues to grow on this segment today.
  • The segment next in priority is the area between the Denton County line and US 75, broken into several subsections. Expect construction to begin in the fall of 2018 on a short section west of Preston Road to Dallas North Tollway for a construction cost of $18 million.
  • We are in the process of acquiring land for the three major Outer Loop interchanges: one over US 75, one at Preston Road, and one at the Dallas North Tollway. Most of the acquisition will be complete in the next month or two, though a few parcels may take longer.
It takes a long-range vision to see just how many new freeways we will need as the next million people move to our county. And it will take a change in the way we fund roads. We must prioritize freeways. Smaller thoroughfares alone—with their numerous stoplights and interchanges—are no longer adequate for our rapidly growing needs. 
That is why court members, staff, and the Planning Board have been talking with people around the county to determine the potential support for a transportation bond proposal in the near future.
Meanwhile, we are moving ahead with design and right-of-way acquisition of the Outer Loop. And if the need arises, we’ll be able to move the Outer Loop to the top of the priority list to keep Collin County moving.