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Regardless of the speed limit, motorists should proceed in a reasonable and prudent manner.
Unfortunately, there is not a simple answer to that question, because “It depends.” Three different areas of our community are served by different electric companies (GCEC, CoServ and Oncor). Over time, the development of the City has experienced streetlight installations by all three, of which only Oncor and CoServ now fix lights.
In addition, there are some street lights that the City of Allen has installed ourselves and maintain ourselves. Of those we installed, for uniformity of appearance and efficiency in maintenance, the City of Allen uses only a few “City standard” poles and light fixtures (e.g. square poles with square heads). This reduces the number of poles and fixtures we need to stock and simplifies maintenance costs over time for the entire community.
The majority of streetlights were installed by the developer of the neighborhood, before homes were built. City standard poles and lights were customary in the past and the City accepted maintenance of those poles and fixtures when the homes were built. However, in recent years (approximately since 2011), developers opted for more decorative lights of various brands and styles. Since those lights do not match the “City standard,” the City of Allen will only perform routine or customary maintenance limited to wiring repair, photocell replacement, or ballast/lamp replacement (note: for older high pressure sodium or metal halide lamps only, not LED).
In the event of more complicated repairs, aesthetic/cosmetic improvement (i.e. painting) or outright replacement (i.e. from a ‘knock down’), repairs are the responsibility of the homeowners association. In those instances, the Engineering Department will often assist the HOA in getting a quote from our City-contracted electrician for services that the HOA desires, but the HOA has the option to shop around and hire a qualified electrician of their choosing, since the HOA is ultimately responsible for the cost. As a last resort, in the case of HOA refusal, the City always has the option to remove the non-conforming light and replace the malfunctioning light with a City standard (square pole/fixture).
The City's Engineering Department counts traffic at all major intersections in the City once a year. Traffic at smaller intersections will be counted as needed, due to special projects or investigations. These counts are stored in a database that is maintained by the City's Engineering Department. Request for traffic volume should be submitted to the City's Engineering Department at 214.509.4576.
Questions about pedestrian signals should be referred to the City's Engineering Department at 214.509.4576.
The City of Allen is extremely interested in moving rail transit further north in the US 75 corridor. In 2005 the North Central Council of Governments studied the regional rail issue in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and the northern extension of DART in the US 75 corridor is the one with the largest ridership potential. At this time we need to resolve three core issues to address the implementation of a regional rail plan for the Cities not within in the DART or Fort Worth transit service areas.
Core issues include:
The first step in resolving these issues is to work through the legislative process to provide for the creation of a regional system and to provide a funding mechanism. For funding, a menu of additional local option taxes are proposed on a County wide basis since many of the non DART cities (Allen included) are unable to allocate additional sales tax to be dedicated to transit. The past legislative sessions have not provided a funding mechanism or governance mechanism to resolve the regional rail issues. Consequently, there is no short term out look for the light rail system to be extended to Allen. Please contact our Engineering Department if you need additional information at 214.509.4576.
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