Colleyville — The City Council is weighing options to expand its major thoroughfare.In a Sept. 16 work session, the council discussed expanding Texas 26/Colleyville Boulevard to six lanes. But first, they must decide how to fund the project. The project’s first phase, which stretches from Pool Road/Brumlow Avenue to John McCain Road, is scheduled to be completed in Spring.The council has expressed interest in carrying the four-phase project forward with limited funding.“What do we want the feel to be when you come into Colleyville?” asked Mayor David Kelly. “This is our primary corridor.”Phase two of the project, which will expand John McCain to Hall-Johnson Road, is fully funded in the 2014 budget. Utility relocation is underway southeast to Brown Trail as part of phase three, although funding has not yet been identified. Phase four, which has not begun, would expand the roadway by six-lanes to Cheek-Sparger Road. Michael Morris, director of transportation for the North Central Texas Council of Governments, presented the council with three options. They include sticking with the current plan, moving funding from phase two to phase three, or entering a pass-through funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDot). Under the agreement with TxDot, the city would use local funds to complete Hall-Johnson to Brown Trail first, leave federal funds to build additional sections and “use funds repaid by TxDot to build additional sections.”Morris favored option two, which would keep John McCain to Hall-Johnson as is, but enhance the more southeastern Hall-Johnson to Brown Trail. The road would stay four lanes but could have a wider median and larger intersections. “This may be a great opportunity to build a win win for your town,” Morris told the council.The council agreed that not all portions of the road need to be six-lanes right away, but council members have said that is their goal for the roadway.Mayor Pro Tem Michael Taylor said taxpayers may take issue with paying for a federal road, but Kelly stressed that relying on state funding was part of the “old world.”“If we want to live in that world, this road will never get done,” Kelly said. “We need to put money into town to get people into town.”City manager Jennifer Fadden said the city staff will study the cost of completing the project and look at opportunities for additional funding.
Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770 Twitter: @dustindangli