TxDOT SH 26/Colleyville Blvd. Reconstruction Project
TxDOT SH 26/Colleyville Boulevard Reconstruction Project
The City of Colleyville will hold two important meetings regarding the TxDOT SH 26 Reconstruction Project in the coming weeks. This is an important project for our citizens and our community and we encourage your attendance and involvement.
Notice of City Council Worksession
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
City Hall - 100 Main St.
The public is welcome to attend the worksession to hear City Council discussions on the project; however, public comments are not taken during worksessions, per standard City protocol.
If you have comments or questions about the project that you want provided to the City Council prior to the worksession, please send an email to 26@Colleyville.com by noon on Monday, October 27, 2014. All comments received by that time will be shared with the City Council prior to the worksession.
Notice of Public Forum
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
6:30 – 7:00 p.m.: Presentation on SH 26 Project
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.: Discussion stations open to the public
First Baptist Colleyville - Worship Center
5300 Colleyville Blvd.
The public forum is an opportunity for citizens and businesses to get accurate information on the project, have questions answered, and talk with members of TxDOT and staff.
The City provides regular email updates on City projects, including TxDOT’s SH 26/Colleyville Blvd. Project. To register visit http://www.colleyville.com/newsservice.html
About the TxDOT SH 26 Reconstruction Project
The TxDOT SH 26/Colleyville Blvd. Reconstruction Project has been a part of the Colleyville landscape for many years and there is a great deal of history associated with it.
A project overview can be found below, which outlines the 3 phases of construction, along with contact information so that you can send your thoughts and questions at any time. Your involvement in the discussion surrounding this project is very important to us.
Please submit any questions about the TxDOT SH 26 Reconstruction Project to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Construction was completed in summer 2013 on the SH 26 project from SH 114 to Brumlow Avenue/Pool Road that rebuilt the road from two lanes in each direction with a continuous left turn lane to three lanes in each direction with raised curb medians and left turn bays for $12 million.
The following 3 phases remain to complete the project.
Phase I refers to the section of SH 26 from Pool/Brumlow to John McCain. To date, the following work has been completed on Phase I.
- The northbound lanes of SH 26 have now been completed.
- TxDOT is now in the process of installing underground storm drain pipe.
- The bridge at John McCain and SH 26 is under construction.
- The intersection at John McCain is a priority area within Phase 1 of the project.
- This phase is estimated for completion in Summer 2015.
Phase II refers to the section of SH 26 from John McCain to Hall-Johnson Rd.
- Before a project can be bid on by a business, TxDOT must “let” it, or make it available for bidding. The letting and bidding process with TxDOT allows the Agency to get the most competitive pricing on a project and allows multiple businesses to compete for business with TxDOT.
- Phase II is scheduled to be “let” in December 2014, but the date is subject to change.
- Once the contractor has been selected, construction may begin in early 2015.
- Many factors affect construction schedules, including utility delays, weather and other factors.
- This phase or road construction is fully funded through federal and state funds. Enhancements such as trails, landscaping and sidewalks are being funded locally and through grants.
Phase III refers to the section of SH 26 from Hall-Johnson to Brown Trail.
- TxDOT has acquired 100% of the necessary right-of-way for the this corridor.
- No formal funding has been finalized for this phase. Funding options are being reviewed and discussed.
- Utility relocation is well underway, including work on electric, gas, Time Warner Cable, AT&T, water and sewer lines.
- Target date for completion of utility relocation for Phase III is late 2014/early 2015.
About Raised Curb Medians
- TxDOT requires medians to be included in all projects of this nature.
- TxDOT raised curbed medians do not include landscaping or irrigation
- The City of Colleyville has successfully obtained Green Ribbon Grants to cover the cost of landscape installation for Phases I & II. Grant applications will also be sent to attempt to fund Phase III and other needs.
- Raised curb medians constructed in continuous left-turn lanes provide a much safer roadway facility.
- Studies have shown that crash rates are reduced by approximately 40% after the raised medians are constructed. In addition, studies conducted in Texas and throughout the nation indicate that raised medians resulted in little or no change in pass-by traffic after median installation according to a Texas Transportation Institute study.
- The erratic movements with continuous left-turn lanes will only rise with increased traffic. If a raised median is present at all times, it directs left turning traffic into safer patterns.
- With raised curb medians, drivers will still be able to make U-turns to get to businesses on the opposite side of where they are driving. Making U-turns are safer than other movements because median openings will allow motorists to predict when and where oncoming traffic will turn, and so it will make it easier for oncoming motorists to anticipate traffic movements and avoid collisions. In other words, the median will reduce random and unpredictable traffic behavior that causes collisions.
- Raised curb medians have been implemented on similar corridors in Tarrant County, and all have successfully reduced crashes. FM 157/Cooper Street in Arlington (two projects), FM 1709 in Southlake/Keller and most recently SH 174 in Burleson this year. Within months of the completion of the medians, crash data on the SH 174 corridor shows approx. a 40% reduction, and the severity of those crashes has reduced by approx. 60%.