Staffordshire Road construction to begin in front of Stafford MSD
By Karen Daniels
Just when the building construction has come to an end at Stafford MSD, the Texas Department of Transportation and the City of Stafford have announced the start of road construction on Staffordshire Road between 5th and Scanlin, directly in front of the school and municipal complex.
Charles Russell, Stafford City Engineer, announced at the October Planning and Zoning Commission meeting that the commence date, as reported by TxDot is between mid-October and early-November. As with the other side of Staffordshire between Highway 90 and 5th Street, one lane will remain open while the other lanes are built, but some weekend closures and detours are to be expected.
Mayor Leonard Scarcella said. “This is a situation we need to be careful with” in regards to the safety of the children attending the District. “The most critical thing is to inform the public on what is happening” and to “make special efforts to inform the students.” Dr. Hindt is well aware of the impending construction and has mentioned it at past board meetings. He said, “The Stafford Municipal School District is diligently working with the City of Stafford and the Texas Department of Transportation to ensure the construction on Staffordshire Road results in the least amount of inconvenience to our parents, students, and staff. Our parents and employees are informed of construction and road issues through telephone call-outs, district website, social media, flyers, newsletters, school board meetings, and the district marquee.
The Stafford Police Department is actively providing traffic support during peak travel times and are instrumental in maintaining the safe environment and positive driving experience of those traveling in the municipal complex. I am very appreciative of the Stafford Police Department for scheduling officers to provide additional traffic support during road construction challenges.”
The road construction is expected to take 9 months to 1 year to complete, however, this timetable does not include inclement weather challenges. Charles Russell said that “so far there have been two pre-construction safety meetings, when normally there is just one.” When construction is complete, Staffordshire will have four lanes (2 per direction) instead of current two.
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