Stretch of Highway 5 in Fairview closed to increase safety




Posted on May 27, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 28 at 6:36 AM

FAIRVIEW -- A curvy stretch of highway known as one of Collin County's most dangerous is being rebuilt to make it safer. But some drivers say it took too long to fix State Highway 5 in Fairview.

Drivers will no longer have to negotiate the narrow lanes, sharp curves, or concrete columns that once supported the railroad bridge.

"It was nicknamed 'dead man's curve,'" said Michael O’Keefe, who owned a business in the area. "Very seldom a year would go by that there wasn't some very serious accident that occurred here."

Chad Duncan of McKinney has been driving the hazardous stretch of Highway five for 26 years.

"Even I knew, as a teenager in those days, to slow down just a little bit, because you never know what's going to come down the road," Duncan said.

The $3.5 million project will remove what's left of the old railroad bridge, and more importantly, will eliminate the sharp curves. It's designed to pave the way for a larger construction project to widen Highway 5 from Fairview to McKinney.

Fairview's town engineer blamed the Texas Department of Transportation’s funding problems for delaying the project, which had been planned for years.

TxDOT's spokesperson told us once funding was finally available, the agency gave the project a green light.

"There is no excuse," Duncan said. "This should have been a four-lane road for years now."

The stretch of highway is expected to reopen in January.