Brian Scott

Small Denton Road Project Leaves Big Traffic Delays

A small road project is causing big delays in Denton.

The construction zone on Lillian Miller Parkway is only about three-quarters of a mile long, but the backups it's causing have residents speaking up to the city.

On Thursday night, city leaders will meet with the public at McMath Middle School from 6 to 8 p.m. to discuss progress on the project and concerns from residents and drivers in the area.

The project starts at Interstate 35E and runs westward until the road turns into Teasley Lane less than a mile later.

City spokesperson Lindsey Baker said the stretch was badly in need of repair. Currently crews have the westbound side shut down and will shift to the eastbound side, likely next month.

Until then though, Lillian Miller is only one lane going each direction.

Residents in the neighborhoods along the road say that's especially a problem heading toward the interstate, where the timing of lights coupled with the loss of one lane has traffic crawling most times of the day.

Neighbor Chad Hammonds and others in the Southridge area said it can take 20 to 30 minutes to navigate the less than a mile-long zone.

The chief concern for many, though, is emergency access to the area – what would happen if an ambulance had to get through the congestion?

Baker said the city recognizes the mess in the area and is working to try to make things a little better.

They've begun staging a paramedic team in the parking lot of Brookdale Denton South Senior Living during the daily rush hours to assure access in the area during those times and accelerate their response in an emergency.

The city will launch a new website Friday to better communicate construction projects and updates to residents, and it has already launched an email alert system for the Lillian Miller project that residents can sign up for by texting "SWDENTON" to 22828.

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