Council hears road improvement recommendations

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Keller City Council heard the first of recommendations about which projects the Transportation Bond Program Advisory Committee suggest worthy of pursuing.

During the June 18 council meeting, Deputy City Manager Chris Fuller and Public Works Director Greg Dickens, gave a presentation of recommended road improvements. Suggested intersection improvements will be presented during a July City Council meeting.

“Because this is so complex and there is so much to it, we decided we are going to discuss a portion ... conduct a public hearing on that portion until such time comes when council is comfortable and ready to make a decision on whether we proceed or not,” Mayor Pat McGrail said.

There were no speakers during the public hearing, which will remain open during future discussions.

Fuller gave council a suggested timeline which included finalizing the scope of the November bond election in July and, if needed, calling the election in August.

For a November election, the earliest date to call the election is Aug. 7, the latest date is Aug. 26, Fuller said.

Price tag for the the recommended projects is about $10 million, equivalent to 1.96 cents on the City of Keller tax rate, which equates to an annual increase of $52.

The committee’s recommendations:

• Improvements and signalization at four existing intersections: Bear Creek Parkway at Elm Street/Whitley Road, Rapp Road at Whitley Road, Keller-Smithfield Road at Johnson Road, and Keller-Smithfield Road at Bear Creek Parkway North.

• Installation of dual left turn lanes at the Farm Road 1709 and Rufe Snow Drive intersection to help northbound traffic on Rufe Snow Drive turn west, and westbound traffic on FM 1709 turn south.

• Installation of dual left turn lanes at FM 1709 and Keller-Smithfield Road North to help westbound traffic on FM 1709 turn south, and southbound traffic on Keller-Smithfield turn east.

• Expansion of Wall-Price Keller Road to three lanes between U.S. 377 and Whitley Road, including 5-foot sidewalks on both sides of the street and a traffic signal at the Wall-Price Keller Road intersection with Whitley.

• Extension of Lamar Street on the west side of U.S. 377 in Old Town to as far south as Pecan Street, with improved connections to U.S. 377 via extensions of both Olive and Pecan streets, including a traffic signal at a newly created four-way intersection of Pecan Street and U.S. 377, sidewalks, street lighting, drainage improvements and parking.

• Expansion of Elm and Pecan streets on the east side of U.S. 377, with sidewalks, street lighting, drainage improvements and parking.

• Expansion of Shady Grove Road to three lanes between Keller-Smithfield Road and Sarah Brooks Drive.

Susan McFarland, 817-390-7547 Twitter: @susanmcfarland1

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