UPDATED - (July 24, 2018) The closures will now begin on Wednesday, July 25.
(July 20, 2018) Drivers who travel Ohio Drive and Warren Parkway will need to plan ahead beginning Monday, July 23 at 9 a.m. That’s when work will begin to reconstruct the intersection into a multi-lane roundabout. The project is expected to be finished in January 2019.
During Phase I, Warren will be closed just west of Ohio Drive and traffic on Ohio Drive will be shifted so that north and southbound traffic will share the east half of the road. These closures will last about three months. During Phase II, the eastern half of the intersection will be closed to traffic for about another three months. Click to here to see map. Drivers can also use the WAZE app to navigate around the closure.
The project price tag is $1.9 million dollars. A federal grant, facilitated by TxDOT, is paying for 80-percent of construction costs.
Traffic engineers say modern roundabouts are designed to save time while improving drivers’ safety. “Accidents inside roundabouts involve slower speeds and side-swipe collisions, which usually result in fewer people getting hurt and (or) reduced property damage,” said Brian Moen, Assistant Director of Engineering Services/Transportation.
To date, Frisco has built three multi-lane roundabouts: One at Teel - Rockhill Parkway and two at The Star, John Hickman Parkway - Gaylord Parkway and John Hickman Parkway – Cowboys Way. Nearly 40 single lane roundabouts help drivers get around Frisco neighborhoods.
“We’re confident a roundabout makes sense as an innovative traffic solution for the intersection of Ohio-Warren,” said Mayor Jeff Cheney. “We’re working to ease traffic congestion, improve drivers’ safety and help keep people moving in this area of our community. Roundabouts are becoming a more common traffic solution here as we get closer to ‘build out’ in Frisco.”
For more information, go to FriscoTexas.gov/Roundabouts.