Progress on Highway 289 expansion

By: Ruth Baker Email
By: Ruth Baker Email

POTTSBORO, Tex. -- Local officials say the much anticipated Highway 289 expansion will bring much needed growth to Texoma, but the undertaking has been challenging.

The ‘289 project’ has officially begun, but the crews moving the telephone lines here have been delayed two weeks because the ground is so saturated they have to dig four to five feet down in order to get those lines in.

The project manager says right now the project must be advertised for 21 days to receive bids on the work.

At the end of August, a contractor will be hired to begin paving the highway October 1st.

Pottsboro city manager Kevin Farley says telephone wires, sewer lines and power lines need to be moved in order to move forward.

"You had to do some clearing of all the land and that's taken place that's finished now on the entire section of the new road now the utilities are trying to be relocated try and get those out of the way including us," said Farley.

This is just one of the multiple processes to get this highway in, but officials say you won't be driving on 289 until 2009.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Denton on Aug 4, 2007 at 04:07 AM
    I think he also means city utilities and other city services that might be in the path of the new highway . . . must be moved so the state can move on.
  • by Anonymous Location: Denton on Aug 4, 2007 at 04:04 AM
    He means that the land has been cleared of trees and what not. Now it is time for all of the utility services (water, wastewater, electric, gas, etc . . .) to be moved out of the way of the new highway. They did that for the Loop 288 project going on in Denton right now. His sentence there at the end is confusing but if you stop and think about what he is saying, it is easy to understand.
  • by Kerry Location: Celina on Aug 3, 2007 at 09:49 AM
    We don't need a clear shot to pottsboro, how about just to 82 and we will all be happy.
  • by citizen Location: sherman on Aug 3, 2007 at 09:01 AM
    I too do not understand what the need of this highway is for. This isn't exactly the metroplex ya know. Everytime I go down 289 you might pass a few cars until you get to Prosper and then it picks up. Makes no sense to me.
  • by Harry on Aug 3, 2007 at 05:31 AM
    Can someone enlighten me as to what he said? I can normally understand English, but this is challenging. "You had to do some clearing of all the land and that's taken place that's finished now on the entire section of the new road now the utilities are trying to be relocated try and get those out of the way including us," said Farley.
  • by Tommy Location: Denison on Aug 2, 2007 at 05:09 PM
    Just who is this highway supposed to benefit anyway? It looks like it's only real use will be to provide traffic ticket revenue to the City of Pottsboro. Oh yah, it's also supposed to bring BIG growth to the old Perrin Field. (I'm holding my breath)
  • by Texan Location: Texas on Aug 2, 2007 at 04:46 PM
    Hopefully it will keep raining to delay it into 2020, which will delay anymore of that Dallas influence from coming through.
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