The City of Colleyville wants the public’s input on future Glade Road construction.The city will host a public meeting Thursday where citizens can learn about the project, ask questions and provide input. The comments will be considered for a preliminary design plan that is schedule to be completed early 2014.Mayor David Kelly said getting community input is vital to the city’s operation.“It’s important that citizens have input on roadways and how they look,” he said. “We can’t make the best decisions without input from the public.”The design focuses on a four-mile stretch of Glade Road that’s half a mile east of Precinct Line Road, on the city’s western city limits, to Heritage Avenue. Chad Gartner, the project’s manager with Fort Worth based TranSystems, said the road was not made for the increased traffic volume and now is a good time for a redesign.“Glade Road is a deteriorating road and it has evolved over time as D-FW and Colleyville have grown up around it,” he said. “It has never been designed or improved — always maintained. The time is now to do something.”He said the current section of the road which is mostly a two-lane roadway with portions that are three- and four-lanes, is being maintained every three to five years.TranSystems presented information to the City Council on May 7 that showed an asphalt or concrete road can last 30 or more years with proper design.At the public meeting, city and project officials will reveal research that has already been shared with the Council. That information includes data about the road’s current traffic and accident statistics, and options that are available for a new design including drainage options and lane design.While there are no immediate safety hazards on the road, there is room for improvement, Gartner said.In the past three years, 26-rear end collisions and 14 fixed-object collisions have been reported on the four-mile stretch. There are also several hotspots where traffic gets backed up, such as the Bluebonnet Road intersection.Gartner said no design decisions have been made and he encouraged the public to come with ideas. He said it is possible to improve the road while keeping the city’s country atmosphere in tact.“The overall tone is we want to hear what the citizens of Colleyville have to say about Glade Road,” he said.For those that cannot attend the meeting the information will be posted on the website gladeroadproject.com, a channel that citizens can use to submit their questions and comments.
Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-770