Utility workers are moving water and sewer lines along Colleyville Boulevard/Highway 26.The project, which started May 27 and is expected to be completed in a year, is part of an initiative to relocate utilities along the road before the Texas Department of Transportation begins future road improvements.Project manager Dale Crown said he expects minimal impact on traffic because most of the work is alongside the road. Dallas-based P&E Contractors has three crews doing the work, with one at Hall Johnson Road and the other two working further north.“For the most part, we’re not going to expand into the road,” Crown said. “Ninety-nine percent of this project will not affect traffic except for rubbernecking.”While traffic should continue to flow as normal, Crown said 120 businesses along the corridor could be affected. The construction will cut through some commercial driveways, but Crown said the city is working with those businesses.“We’re going to coordinate with the business owners and managers to tell them when we’re coming through,” he said.Crown said many businesses will be provided with alternate routes, and if the construction has to go through a business’s single drive through it shouldn’t impact the business for more than a day. The majority of the work will be done in non-peak hours, he said.The first phase of the project, which has a seven-month deadline, runs from John McCain Road to Hall Johnson Road. Phase two runs from Church Street to Centerpark Drive and is scheduled from January 2014 to May.TxDot has budgeted for road construction from John McCain to Hall Johnson Road, but it could go further south along Colleyville Boulevard. Crown said completing phase one first ensures that the city has done its part for what’s currently planned.The city is funding the $3,580,188 project through the Tax Incremental Financing District, water impact fees, waste water impact fees and developer water escrows."At the end of the day it’s going to provide better services and more reliable services to businesses on the 26 corridor,” Crown said.TxDot has yet to announce when construction on State Highway 26/Colleyville Boulevard will begin.Crown said the construction has been budgeted to start in December or January, but that timetable is tentative.The city will only move water and sewer lines. Atmos Energy and AT&T will move their respective utilities after the city completes its part of the project.
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