The final portion of Southlake’s Kimball Avenue expansion will begin in late September.The roadway will be expanded from two lanes to four with a divider north of 114 from Kirkwood Boulevard to Dove Road.Public Works director Bob Price said the expansion is needed to handle the current and expected traffic volume with the completion of the DFW Connector project.“The road had been there since Southlake and Grapevine were very small communities,” he said. “It is just part of growth and part of meeting our master plan needs for the community.”This is the last leg of the $10.8 million project to expand the major thoroughfare. About a year ago, expansion on the roadway stopped just north of Kirkwood Boulevard in order for the city to obtain property right of way.The expanded road will include curb and gutter drainage to reduce possible flooding on the road. The city expects there to be slower traffic and congestion during construction.Because part of the roadway is in Grapevine, the cities partnered on the cost of the project.Price said Kimball could become a major roadway for Grapevine residents who want to take the DFW Connector’s managed lanes when they are installed in 2014.Drivers can pay a fee to avoid traffic and get on a managed lane that will take them from one end in Southlake to the other in Irving. Price said drivers interested in using those lanes will have to get on 114 from Kimball.
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