KELLER — Residents will be the ones to determine if $8 million in road improvements are necessary when they go to the polls in November.City Council called for the bond election during an Aug. 20 meeting.Projected total cost is $8.23 million, with bond issuance costs of $130,000 and roadway and intersection improvements costing $8.1 million. The bond package equals an additional 1.493 cents per $100 of valuation and could bring Keller’s tax rate to $0.45712.For the average Keller homeowner, whose house was valued at $270,752 in July 2013, the project would increase taxes by $39.80 annually, or $3.31 per monthThe decision came after eight months of meetings, 11 public hearings and an outpouring of community feedback to the Transportation Bond Program Advisory Committee and City Council.The nine projects, which will appear on the ballot within a single proposition, include:• Extend 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. • Expand Elm and Pecan streets on the east side of U.S. 377, with sidewalks, street lighting, drainage improvements and parking. • Expand 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. • Build a roundabout at the Keller-Smithfield at Johnson Road intersection• Expand Shady Grove Road to three lanes between Keller-Smithfield Road and Sara Brooks Drive adjacent to Shady Grove Elementary School, complete with 5-foot sidewalks on both sides. • Signalize the Bear Creek Parkway at Elm Street/Whitley Road and Keller-Smithfield Road at Bear Creek Parkway North intersections • Install dual left turn lanes at the FM1709 and Rufe Snow Drive intersection to help northbound traffic on Rufe Snow Drive turn west, and westbound traffic on FM 1709 turn south. • Install 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.
Susan McFarland, 817-390-7547 Twitter: @susanmcfarland1