Colleyville residents were asked to comment on three construction options for the Pleasant Run trail at a recent meeting.About 25 citizens attended a public hearing April 30 to share their ideas for future construction of the area that will include a road, trail, sidewalk and water management.“We’re going to build a road, what kind of road do we want,” asked Jeremy Hutt, city engineer.Colleyville resident Clint Hart and his family lives along Pleasant Run and attended the meeting to see what the city had planned.“I appreciate being involved,” he said. “America is America.”The trail has been worked on in segments in 2009 and 2010. The new section will run from Bogart Drive to Mission/Veranda Lane.The city received a $213,000 federal grant for the latest project, which started as a trail, but kept increasing in price. The city council then proposed adding road, sidewalk and drainage construction to the project to get all the work done at once in order to get a better price on the work. Preliminary estimates say the construction would be about $999,000, but no designs or plans have been finalized.The city provided three options to help attendees see the possibilities for what the road, trail, sidewalk and drainage would look like. Residents left comment cards with their preferences.Louis Miller, who said she’s been a Colleyville resident for about 40 years, shared his preference for the option that included a three-lane road. He said traffic backs up on the current two-lane road when a vehicle makes a turn into the subdivision.Miller said he’s happy the road will change from a two-lane bar ditch, even though some citizens think those roads keep the city’s rural feel.“I’m tired of bar ditches,” he said. “People think bar ditches keep it more country. It doesn’t. It keeps it unsafe.”The other options include two-lane roads in 28 and 31 feet varieties, and either ribbon curbs with ditches or a curb and gutter drainage system.The master plan calls for a four-lane, concrete street, but Hutt said traffic in the area currently does not warrant that kind of road.Hutt said construction could begin in early 2014.The project’s designer has already laid out a “good portion” of the trail’s design and a lot of the survey work has already been completed.The next step in the project is to share the results of the meeting with the city council.
Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770 Twitter: @dussssstin