New growth sprouts along both sides of U.S. Highway 380 in northern Collin County, along the Sam Rayburn Tollway and within the gap between Interstate 35E and I-35W in Denton County. These outer reaches of Dallas-Fort Worth are booming — the 2013 population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau prove it.

Frisco and McKinney join five other Texas cities in the Census Bureau’s list of the 15 fastest-growing cities of 50,000 or more. Frisco ranks second, trailing only San Marcos, which also led the list in 2012.

PROSPER (January 6, 2014) In a remarkable show of continued and steady growth since 2008, the Town of Prosper has set yet another high watermark in issuing single family permits, finishing 2013 with 486, a 115 percent increase from five years ago, according to Director of Development Services Chris Copple. “The strength of our housing market continues to show steady resilience, trending upward on a progressive incline year to year. Since 2008, we’ve seen an average yearly increase of about 15 percent in the number of permits issued. Even in the tough financial environments of 2009 and 2010, the Town held its own. The new 2013 record merely confirms what we were seeing two and three years ago,” he said.

Driven by the strong demand for new homes in Dallas’ northern suburbs, developer Hillwood Communities is building a $600 million residential community northwest of Frisco.

The almost-800-acre Union Park project will have about 2,400 new houses and is located on U.S. Highway 380 in the Denton County town of Little Elm. The master-planned residential community will have a 30-acre central park and other features to attract homebuyers.

Construction will start this spring, said Fred Balda, president of Hillwood Communities. “We hope to break ground in March or April and kick it off with 300 some home lots,” Balda said. “We were fortunate to find a well-positioned tract of land. “That market is very tight,” he said. “We are light in supply and there is a big demand right now.” Balda said the first homebuilding sites in Union Park should be ready by the end of this year, which will allow builders to have sales in the spring 2015 market.

Chisholm Trail Parkway construction continues to change the transportation landscape in Fort Worth. Crews working near the Chisholm Trail Parkway/Interstate 30 interchange are making progress on the ramps that will connect the two roadways. Work has also started on reconfiguring I-30. Crews have shifted eastbound traffic toward the middle of the interstate, which will allow the reconstruction of the main lanes to begin.

As work begins on the Chisholm Trail Parkway main lane bridges near University Drive, the entrance ramp to eastbound I-30 from University Drive will be closed. Motorists wishing to access eastbound I-30 from University Drive will detour via Rosedale Street. An alternate detour would be to access I-30 from Montgomery Street.

Also in this area, work needed to extend Montgomery Street to the Chisholm Trail Parkway frontage road system is underway. Work on the large culvert near Vickery Boulevard and Montgomery Street has started and once complete, crews will begin constructing the Montgomery Street bridge over the Chisholm Trail Parkway main lanes.

Continuing south on the project, one of the first areas of the toll road under construction is nearing completion. On the new Hulen Street bridge, median work is underway. Another southbound lane as well as the ramp from southbound Hulen Street to westbound Vickery Boulevard will open within the next month.

In south Fort Worth, construction on the Oakmont Boulevard bridge continues with crews working on bridge railing, roadway tie-ins and striping. The bridge will open to traffic when these activities are complete. Motorists in this area should expect a summertime closure of Dirks Road between Harris Parkway and Granbury Road as construction begins in the area. Eventually, Dirks Road will bridge over the toll road.

Also in south Fort Worth, bridge work and paving operations continue in the area at the toll road’s interchange with State Highway 183 and I-20. In addition, beam placement for the Chisholm Trail Parkway bridge over Fort Worth and Western Railroad has begun.

Bridge construction continues to be the focus in Johnson County. The southern 19 bridges of the Chisholm Trail Parkway continue to rise up and mark the path of the roadway. With bridge decks complete for the structures over CR 920 and CR 1015, pavement is the next step in the construction process. The paving materials have been quality tested and are ready for production. Crews will begin paving in April and will start their operations just south of the FM 1187 intersection and follow the bridge crews that are working south of that location.

The entire Chisholm Trail Parkway is expected to open to traffic spring 2014. 

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