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Executive report reveals need for road rebuild, many projects near completion

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French Settlement Road, with the new middle school, will add another lane and traffic lights the report indicated. Image courtesy of the Town.

Officials released the executive report for the month of May this week. The report discussed a wide range of progress reports on new roads and trails, revenue services and emergency response statistics.

In preparation for a new middle school, the town has continued to inch closer to rebuilding French Settlement Road. The town has indicated the road will need to add lanes and introduce a new traffic pattern in order to handle the traffic that will come from the school. Although no construction has commenced, studies by Little Elm ISD have concluded that new traffic lights need to be installed at Eldorado and Dickson.

“As part of this project, Little Elm ISD performed a Traffic Control Plan for onsite traffic and the Town performed a Warrant Study. The Town’s Warrant Study looked at the needs for traffic signals, pedestrian safety devices, school zones, and road capacity,” the report said. “Based on the Schools Traffic Control Plan, the recommendation of the Warrant Study is to place a traffic signal at Eldorado and Dickson. Design plans are nearing completion.”

The report also revealed significant progress in the building of trails in Harts Branch. The Harts Branch Trail is still slated to reach full completion in the early summer months of this year and is on its final stages of construction. The trail will connect Lakefront Trail to Walker Lane near Eldorado Parkway.

In April, the town issued a statement saying that most of the concrete sections of the trail had been completed and the town was working towards implementing a retaining wall. The executive report this month indicated the retaining wall is now complete.

“The contractor has completed the new retaining wall near Pecan Drive, and is now building the trail sections in that area. They are also cleaning areas along the completed trail sections to prepare for installing landscaping and the irrigation system,” the report read.

The Wood Family Dog Park at McCord Park is starting to come to fruition. Cement is being poured around the dog park area and the pedestrian bridge will be installed shortly. Although the date of completion is still unknown, the dog park is a large part of the future growth at McCord. It remains one of the only community parks on the east side of the town.

“The new pedestrian bridge is ready for delivery and will be installed as soon as the creek area is dry. They are grading areas along the eastern trail and will begin installing the pavilions and other site furnishings in the coming weeks,” the report said.

The report also indicated that the top sales tax collectors in May were Lowes and Denton County Electric. The fire department received 371 calls and the police department received 3,756 calls according to the report.


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