Two busy intersections on U.S. 287 at the south end of Decatur are slated for a serious facelift in the coming years.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) plans to upgrade the intersection where South U.S. 287 Business meets U.S. 287 and where U.S. 287 meets Farm Road 2264.
U.S. 287 will be elevated to go over the business route. The business route will be dropped about eight feet and will be extended to connect with County Road 4127 across the highway, near where the NRS Arena is located. TxDOT officials working on the project said it will resemble the underpass where FM 730 goes under U.S. 287.
“We are seeing increasing traffic in this part of Metroplex,” said Val Lopez, TxDOT spokesperson. “This will increase mobility and safety at those intersections.”
The state will also extend FM 2264 into a two-lane service road that will run north to the intersection of U.S. 287 Business. The service lanes will be the northbound lanes of U.S. 287 and the railroad tracks. Traffic will no longer be allowed to cross over at FM 2264.
The change will allow school buses coming from FM 2264 to get to Decatur without having to enter the main highway. It will also better handle oilfield traffic merging onto U.S. 287 from the farm road.
“I think this is definitely an area where they need to do this,” said Precinct 1 Commissioner Danny White. “I think this is well worth it.”
The project will cost approximately $16 million. It is expected to begin sometime next fall and will take an estimated two to two-and-a-half years to complete.
An average of 20,000 vehicles pass through the intersection every day, and TxDOT predicts that number to grow in the coming years. The project will be done in conjunction with TxDOT and North Central Texas Council of Governments.
The construction area is already within TxDOT right-of-way that was purchased back in 1972.