By Joe Reavis
“McMillen Rd. at the S-curve is closed until further notice due to unsafe driving conditions.”
That warning has a frequently posted NIXLE government advisory during an unusually wet year in the Wylie area and it may be a few years yet before the situation is corrected.
Coming on the heels of two years of drought, heavy rainfall in Wylie this year pointed out flooding problems on McMillen Road. Flooding on the road is nothing new—permanent swing gates are in place to stop traffic—but it has proved to be more of a nuisance as the area becomes more populated with housing subdivisions.
McMillen connects McCreary Road with Country Club Road, serving as an east-west cut-through for traffic, allowing motorists to avoid a bottleneck intersection on Parker Road, as well as providing access to subdivisions, apartment complexes and homes on acreage.
“You get the wettest year on record and it gets closed more frequently,” Wylie City Engineer Chris Holsted said.
Wylie averages 23.59 inches of rain per year, but has received 53.1 inches so far in 2015. In May, 14.83 inches of rain was measured and in November 14.02 inches fell.
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