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- Project Overview
- Project Need and Purpose
- Route Study Process
- Development and Analysis of DRAFT
Technically Feasible Alignment
- Public Comments
- Commissioners’ Court Action
Draft Technically Feasible Alignment
Citizens from areas all around the lake have joined with others in Collin County to oppose this route’s approval:
- The $400 to $470 million cost makes this project 7 times more expensive, per mile, than other currently planned Collin County projects.
- The US Army Corps of Engineers own the lake. At this time, the Corps reject this and all proposed routes because they do not meet Federal criteria.
- TxDot’s 2035 Plan mandates cost effective planning, focusing on improvements to existing infrastructure and targeting congestion where it is the worst. This route fails to meet this criteria.
This route should not be placed on the Collin County Mobility Plan 2007 Update, because it distracts from reasonable, cost-effective options:
- Upgrade the currently proposed plans for improvements to Hwy 380, SH78 and other lake area roadways.
- Work within existing ROW as much as possible and target the traffic congestion where it is the greatest.
- Add main lanes, enhanced turn lanes, overpasses, underpasses, and better emergency access lanes.
- Improve intersections with innovative designs such as the Michigan Left Turn recently added in Plano at Preston and Legacy ($2.4 million)
These viable alternatives will increase traffic flow and capacity, lessen the burden on tax payers, and preserve the lake as an asset for all of Collin County.
Lavon Lake Bridge Route Study (FM 1378 to SH 78)
Monday, October 11, 2010, 1:00 p.m
Collin County Commissioners Court
Jack Hatchell Administration Building, 4th Floor
2300 Bloomdale Rd., McKinney, TX 75071.
This project is against any conservative or tea party platforms.
There have been public meetings, countless emails, and letters, the majority of which say the same thing: we don’t want a bridge.
The Commissioner’s Court has tried to scare us with projection maps in the year 2030 to show the dire need for this bridge. Growth is projected to be concentrated in Plano, McKinney, Frisco, not the east side of Lake Lavon. This tells us quite simply: we don’t need this bridge.
The cost of this bridge is ridiculous. Half a billion dollars. The bottom line: we can’t afford this bridge.
We don’t want a bridge.
We don’t need a bridge.
We can’t afford this bridge.
QED: The bridge is not feasible, so there is no need to accept a bridge route.
The stated reasons for the proposed bridge across Lake Lavon appear to be a smoke screen for the actual driving forces behind the project. Two possible motivations have surfaced:
Reason #1. Possibly misplaced zeal to aid a projected population migration, assumed to be impeded by a valueless body of water which happens to be in the way. Actually the value of Lake Lavon is great on several levels. It serves the water supply for the North Texas Municipal Water District, it provides flood control, and according to the US Army Corps of Engineers Lake Management, it is the last remaining large natural habitat in Collin County that has not been destroyed in the name of progress; or
Reason #2. Possibly a bold attempt by land developers to boost the value of their investments on the east side of the lake by providing direct road accessibility, at the expense of tax payers, and with the help of elected officials.
Citizens have little recourse other than voting against unnecessary and wasteful spending, and voting to remove elected officials who do not exercise fiscal responsibility.
Hopefully this proposed bridge project will wake voters up and remind us about our responsibility. Sadly it may already be too late.
Here's a wonderul campaign slogan for any person who plans on running for a Collin County Office:
The route was not viable. The cost outweighed the benefit. If it had been drawn, it would have been as Mr. Delgado said, "a line on the map forever."
Not being distracted by a glossy, dream of an extravagant bridge, engineering can now focus on projects we CAN afford to build. Projects that will help traffic congestion "in our lifetime."
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