TxDOT SH Reconstruction Project Update – May 12, 2015
· TxDOT projects substantial completion of Phase I (currently under construction) in late June, meaning that all travel lanes will be completed and functioning in their final configuration.
· The design consultant is preparing plans for the six-lane configuration of SH 26 Phase II, from John McCain Road to Brown Trail. Those are expected to go to TxDOT for review by mid-summer. If all goes well with the TxDOT review, they could award a construction contract by December and start construction of this section in April or May of next year.
AGREEMENT PAVES WAY FOR SIX-LANE SH 26
The Colleyville City Council has made it official. SH 26/Colleyville Boulevard will be reconstructed as a six-lane roadway. The project’s scope allows for reconstruction from south of John McCain Road (where Phase I construction ends) to Brown Trail, and includes realigning Tinker Road and Oak Pointe Drive into a single signalized intersection. Road construction could start in late 2015 or early 2016.
The final decision to add two additional lanes to the planned four-lane project in a single phase was made possible by an agreement between the city of Colleyville, the North Central Texas Council of Government’s (NCTCOG) Regional Transportation Council, and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Almost $4 million dollars in additional funding to construct those lanes will be provided by the NCTCOG. The city will provide an additional $1 million and Tarrant County officials have agreed to pay the remaining $1 million. Costs associated with redesigning the road from a four-lane to a six-lane configuration will be absorbed by the city.
Funding for the city’s costs will come from the TIF (Tax Increment Finance district). TIF districts are designed as financing vehicles for cities and TIF partners to pay for roads and other infrastructure. The original Colleyville TIF, one of the largest and most successful in the state, encompasses much of Colleyville Boulevard and is primarily derived from the incremental property tax on commercial properties along that corridor.
Phasing of the project, which means determining the order of construction, is not anticipated to be done until sometime this summer. This is a TxDOT project, so the agency is responsible for determining the project’s phasing.
The City Council also approved TxDOT’s turn-back funding option, called turn-back because it “turns back control of the road to the city.” Once reconstruction is completed, TxDOT will take SH 26 “off line” and the city will assume control of this section of the road, including decisions about speed limits, traffic lights, and street lighting.
The turn-back funding option allows reconstruction of SH 26 through most of Colleyville. Any reconstruction south of Brown Trail would necessitate coordination and shared funding responsibilities with Hurst, since the road traverses between the two cities.
Citing safety concerns, TxDOT requires that center medians will be constructed as part of the project. According to TxDOT, all new projects with 20,000 or more vehicles per day require medians and note that medians improve safety and reduce overall crashes, including head-on collisions, by at least 40%. Any median landscaping will be done with drought resistant plants, using only drip irrigation as required by TxDOT. View the Colleyville Landscape Branding Manual
The SH 26/Colleyville Boulevard project has been on the NCTCOG’s Transportation Improvement Plan for more than a decade. While it began as a six-lane project back in 1999, lack of funds at the state and federal levels, coupled with lower than anticipated traffic counts, brought about the decision to change to a four-lane configuration in 2013. However, concerns about mounting traffic congestion and inconvenience to both residents and businesses if a second phase of construction were ever warranted, led to city leaders and staff working with state, county, and regional agencies on an agreement to allow six lanes of construction in a single phase.
Dec. 16, 2014
At the Dec. 16, 2014 City Council meeting, the City Council passed a resolution seeking an agreement with TxDOT to build the roadway to six lanes from John McCain Road to Brown Trail, preferably in the initial reconstruction. The resolution further requests that COG agree to allocate the extra funding necessary for the two additional lanes, currently estimated at $5 million. That resolution is now with COG for review.
The Council also voted to accept TxDOT’s turn-back funding option, called turn-back because it “turns back control of the road to the city.” Under this option, TxDOT incurs all costs for reconstruction from our northern city limit to Brown Trail. This includes Phase III, between John McCain and Hall-Johnson roads.
Nov. 19, 2014
The city held a public forum on TxDOT’s SH 26 Reconstruction Project on Nov. 12. More than 100 residents and Colleyville business owners attended the meeting to learn about the project and to provide comments and feedback. The project is part of the pre-council agenda for the City Council meeting scheduled on Dec. 2. (Agendas, meetings, and packets for City Council meetings, and all public meetings held by the city, are available online here.)
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Update Oct. 30, 2014
The City Council held a worksession on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 to review plans and discuss options for the TxDOT SH 26 Reconstruction Project.
Speakers included Bob Lowry, P.E., director of Public Works for the City; Brian Barth, P.E., Fort Worth District engineer for TxDOT; and Michael Morris, P.E., director of transportation, North Central Texas Council of Governments. The Council heard information on the history of the project, an update on Phases I & II, a traffic data analysis, and options for funding for Phase III of the project (John McCain to Hall-Johnson). Approximately 15 citizens attended the worksession.
For those who were unable to attend, you can find the agenda packet and view the meeting in its entirety here:
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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 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 three phases remain to complete the project:
Phase I refers to the section of SH 26 from Pool/Brumlow to John McCain Road. 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 Brown Trail to Hall-Johnson Road.
Before a project can be bid on, 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 that 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 of 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 Road to John McCain Road.
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, and city 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's 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 applied for 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%.