Keller committee studies roadway improvements

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Road improvements

under consideration

Lamar Street, Pecan Street and Olive Street

Elm Street and Pecan Street

Rapp Road Realignment at Rufe Snow Drive and Shady Grove Road

Rapp Road Extension to US 377

Shady Grove Road Expansion (Rufe Snow Drive to Smithfield Road)

Wall-Price Keller Road Widening (US 377 to Whitley Road)

Keller-Smithfield Road Widening (Bear Run to Shady Grove)


improvements under consideration

Bear Creek Parkway at Elm Street/Whitley Road

Rapp Road at Whitley Road

Keller-Smithfield Road at Johnson Road

Keller-Smithfield Road at Bear Creek Parkway North (Traffic Signals)

FM 1709 at Rufe Snow Drive (Dual Left Turn Lanes)

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KELLER - Work is underway to begin studying the need for $29 million in roadway and intersection improvements in Keller, which could result in a November bond election.

The Transportation Bond Program Advisory Committee held its first meeting Jan. 24 at Keller Town Hall, laying the groundwork for the tasks ahead so the committee can make a recommendation to council in June.

In October, council held a public workshop to review improvements under consideration and discuss plans for the committee. In December, council appointed the members, which consist of nine members: Councilmen John Hoffmann (Committee Chairman) and Gary Reaves (Committee Vice Chairman), and citizens John Baker, Greg Kocian, Beth Kwasny, Ken Lewis, Trent Petty, Ed Speakmon and Jim Thompson.

"I just ask for everyone to go in with an open mind," Mayor Pat McGrail said during opening comments. "We've got a lot of good projects. I don't know if we'll be able to do some or all ... That's what you are here for."

A presentation was given to the committee, with details about the potential projects.

The committee will meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays with the first meeting scheduled at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at Keller Town Hall.

Deputy City Manager Chris Fuller said the public is encouraged to attend meetings to offer input and ask questions.

Fuller said prior to the meetings, notices will be sent to residents living near proposed improvement areas.

The city website also will have information posted about meetings and progress of the project.

"This is going to be a significant amount of work for this community for decades to come," Hoffmann said. "So no pressure, but we've got to get this one right friends."

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