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The Denton City Council is expected to award a $5.3 million contract Tuesday to widen and improve Hickory Creek Road — but not that part of the road.

Part of a previous bond package, the 1.3-mile project from Teasley Lane (FM2181) to Riverpass Road, has been on the books for a long time. But new plans for a possible permanent fix to the rest of Hickory Creek Road, including the deadly S-curve near Country Club Road where two fatal crashes have occurred in the last year, should appear on next week’s council agenda.

As part of the $5.3 million contract, crews will build storm drains and a new bridge over the Fletcher Branch for eastbound traffic so Hickory Creek Road will remain passable during heavy rains. If the City Council awards the contract as expected Tuesday night, construction would begin in April and take about 12 months to complete.

Meanwhile, crews will close Hickory Creek Road from just west of Riverpass to Country Club Road beginning Wednesday to install a guardrail and warning signs, lay pavement markers and apply striping. The closure is expected to last two weeks.

Drivers can detour via Teasley Lane and Ryan Road.

In addition, the city is negotiating with an engineering firm for a new design that will straighten the S-curve and build a bridge over the floodplain. At least three vehicles have left the road and ended up in the creek since January 2018. Two of those wrecks were fatal, including last month’s crash that claimed the lives of teen brothers Daniel and Diego Rivera.

In a memo to the City Council, the city staff said they expect the designs will take about 24 months to complete, but they would accelerate the project where possible. The city has not yet identified how the project would be paid for.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881 and via Twitter at @phwolfeDRC.

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