While construction on State Highway 26 is planned for years to come, its first phase still has a bit to go.
Texas Department of Transportation crews are working on expanding the roadway from Brumlow Avenue/Pool Road to John McCain Road into a divided, six-lane road.
TxDOT spokesman Val Lopez said the department plans to have construction on the project’s first phase completed by year’s end.
“This will improve mobility and safety. What those raised curbed medians do is they make turning movements more predictable,” he said. “When drivers are more predictable its a safer driving environment.”
The construction started in July 2012, according to a presentation from c ity of Colleyville staff.
Crews are working on the northbound lanes and Lopez said they are projected to shift to the southbound lanes come spring.
The $11.4 million project includes the reworking of the bridge at Big Bear Creek.
During the construction, swallows found a home in the bridge, and because of federal migratory bird regulations, crews could not work on that part of the project. Lopez said that crews worked on a different part of the project instead.
He said the challenge for the project is maintaining two open lanes of traffic during peak hours.
“What this issue here is is not actually building it, the issue is in maintaining mobility and access during construction,” he said.
In the fall, Colleyville City Council decided to shift the next step of the SH26 expansion onto the corridor’s commercial base from Brown Trail to Hall Johnson Road.