Easing Congestion on U.S. Highway 380 ‘not Always About the Bottom Line and the Dollar'

A Collin County study on the economic impacts of turning U.S. Highway 380 into a limited access highway may serve as a test case for other areas.As congestion continues to plague Collin County's major transportation arteries, leaders are looking to build several major highways with service roads to solve their traffic woes.A new study by The Perryman Group showed that converting a section of U.S. Highway 380 into a limited access highway would create a huge boon to the economy. And while economic factors aren't the driving force for building new highways, the study offers new data for decision-makers."I'm trying to build consensus on Collin County having limited access roadways," Collin County commissioner Duncan Webb said after Monday's public hearing on the study. "The numbers are massive."Growing painsThe study, funded by Collin County, looked at U.S. Highway 380 corridor from the Denton-Collin County border east to U.S. Highway 75 and included property within a half-mile on either side of the roadway.  Continue reading...

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