The gateways to Colleyville, Grapevine and Southlake will feature more orange through the summer.Crews contracted by The Texas Department of Transportation shifted work along Texas 26 to the Brumlow Avenue/Pool Road intersection last week. Many commuters use the roadway to get through the Northeast Tarrant cities and will notice changes to traffic patterns at the intersection as crews add turn lanes to improve mobility.The work is the next step in a construction project started in 2012 to expand Texas 26 into a divided, six-lane road from Brumlow/Pool to John McCain Road to meet the area’s growing traffic.At a recent work session Colleyville City Council members expressed their frustration with the project’s slow progress. In February, the completion date was scheduled for the end of the year and now TxDOT is looking at a June 2015 completion.“It’s taken a year to get 40 percent of the project done,” Mayor David Kelly said. “Sixty percent is going to be done in 10 months?“We can’t do any planning because just moving it back every couple of months is not the real date.”TxDOT spokesman Val Lopez said the mid-2015 date is possible. “The project hasn’t advanced as quickly as we’d like, but there’s an opportunity to pursue it at a pace that we would prefer,” he said.He said the first part of the project included installing driveways and underground drainage, something that won’t be an issue for the rest of the work.Lopez said this month TxDOT will switch traffic onto the reconstructed northbound lanes so crews can work on the southbound lanes. Lopez said the traffic switch will allow for more aggressive work. He added that delays were caused by utility relocation and a long winter and bad spring that impacted the setting of concrete.Colleyville City Engineer Jeremy Hutt said although the project is TxDOT’s, city staff has open communications with those involved.“We’re working with both the field personnel as well as management personnel with TxDOT to try to keep this project moving as quickly as possible and get it completed,” he said.Lopez said the contractor, AUI Contractors, can be fined for going over the allotted time, but that TxDOT will resolve that issue once the project is complete.Colleyville is already looking toward the next phase of the project along the city’s central commercial corridor from Hall-Johnson Road to Brown Trail. Hutt said that portion is in design and should begin construction in early 2015.
Dustin L. Dangli, 214-918-8783 Twitter: @dustindangli