Bond committee makes final recommendation to Keller City Council

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The Transportation Bond Program Advisory Committee presented Keller City Council with final recommendations June 4 to move forward with $10 million bond proposal that would be used to improve roads and intersections.

The committee recommendedthe bond package be presented with all projects considered as one proposition.

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

“When you look at the numbers, that’s what is encouraging … we’re talking basically one dollar per week,” said Mayor Pat McGrail. “The average citizen will invest one dollar per week to help improve city infrastructures. I think it’s a good thing. Personally, I’m ready to support it right now.”

Council will decide which projects could be part of a bond package brought to voters in November. Additional hearings will be held on the proposed projects over the summer as Council works toward determining whether to call a bond election.

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 adjacent to Shady Grove Elementary School, complete with 5-foot sidewalks on both sides.

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

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