TxDOT to hold public meeting tonight on potential Highway 380 changes
The Texas Department of Public Transportation will be hosting a public meeting tonight in Denton to go over potential upgrades to Highway 380 through Denton County.
The existing conditions on Highway 380 through Denton and Collin counties are labeled as an “F” rating. TxDOT studies have shown more than 40,000 vehicles traverse 380 each day. That number is expected to nearly triple in the coming decades. Significant congestion occurs during peak hours, especially in the evening rush hour, and with a traffic increase of 30% the past few years, officials are determining the best route to alleviate some of the problems.
Highway 380 is known by residents as a “death trap.” One citizen has even published a petition, Highway 380 Safety Changes, to spur officials to create changes. It has been signed by over 7,700 people. If you’ve been following DFW Scanner for a while, you are likely aware of the multiple serious crashes which occur on this roadway quite frequently.
The planned improvements through Denton County include a six-lane highway with raised median. The plan also calls for grade separations at the following intersections: US-380 at FM 720, Legacy Drive, Teel Parkway, Navo Road, and FM 423. These grade separations would allow 380 to flow freely and eliminate the red lights on the main lanes of the highway as it exists now. It would create additional right-of-way access and would enhance the safety of the roadway.
The existing roadway is shown below. 380 is a four-lane, two-way with center turn lane. The speed limit on 380 through this area is highway speed, frequently causing serious accidents when drivers attempt to utilize the turn lane or turn onto the highway from a neighborhood or business.
Here is a graphic of one of the proposed changes.
The only proposed change that would accommodate the 2045 traffic demand forecast is the one below. It includes 6-8 main lanes of travel and 4-6 lanes of frontage road, according to TxDOT.
As TxDOT continues to study this region and offer improvements, they are requesting your input! You can visit www.Drive380.com and click on the “Denton County Feasibility Study” to fill out an online survey.
The meeting tonight will be held at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney Street, at 6PM. A presentation will begin at 7PM.