City leaders hope Texas 26/Colleyville Boulevard improvements benefit economy

Posted Monday, Oct. 28, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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City officials want the federally-funded construction on Texas 26 to benefit the local economy.

At its Oct. 15 meeting, the council agreed to use federal funds to enhance the road from Brown Trail to Hall Johnson Road.

The city staff conveyed the decision to alter the project to the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) and the Texas Department of Transportation. The change will not disrupt the project’s time line.

The construction starts north at Pool/Brumlow Road to John McCain Road as a six-lane expansion. Rather than use available federal funds to continue the project from John McCain to Hall Johnson, the council decided to shift its focus to the more central Hall Johnson to Brown Trail.

“Brown Trail to Hall Johnson is kind of our major central business district,” said Mayor David Kelly. “Focusing on renovating that is going to be a major benefit to the current businesses we have, but also an attraction to future commercial enterprises that may want to come to Colleyville.”

The city will use local funds to pay for construction on the remainder of the corridor, including the segment north to John McCain.

Bidding for the second phase of the project — from Brown Trail to Hall Johnson — is expected to begin in Sept. 2014, according to NCTCOG.

Another change is to keep the thoroughfare at four-lanes, but install a wider median that can be changed into six-lanes if traffic warrants in the future. The construction would add improved intersections to reduce traffic.

Statistics show traffic through Colleyville Boulevard has decreased in past years.

The goal of the change is to build Colleyville as a destination rather than a city people drive through.

“We have a unique chance in Colleyville to define our town with a state highway,” Kelly said. “Having four lanes with a wider center median still gives us the traffic capacity to move people in town while maintaining the small town feel for us.”

Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770 Twitter: @dustindangli

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