Improving Glade Road a hot topic in Colleyville on Monday

11/12/2013 9:54 AM

11/17/2013 4:39 PM

Residents are expected to pack the Colleyville Center Monday night for a public hearing on planned improvements to Glade Road, a key east-west commuter route in Northeast Tarrant County.

At issue is the lack of turn lanes, congestion, traffic flow, areas of poor visibility and general disrepair.

Colleyville City Council members got a preview of the Glade Road project options at a recent meeting; the public can offer their input at Monday night’s hearing.

“If the right choice is made and traffic flow improves, all that kind of stuff, that's really the main thing at the end of the day,” Mayor David Kelly said.

The four-mile stretch of road in the project, from Precinct Line Road in Hurst to Heritage Avenue — just west of Texas 121 — is flanked by high-end residential neighborhoods, pasture-like acreage and retail developments.

A project team has been meeting with the community since May to gather feedback on what’s needed for the road.

Chad Gartner, the project’s manager with Fort Worth based TranSystems, said the road is in poor shape and needs constant repairs. The city decided to not only address the road conditions but safety and traffic concerns as well.

Safety concerns include poor roadside conditions, especially with left and right turning vehicles. Congestion is a problem during rush hours and long lines have become a way of life at intersections such as Bransford Road, Bedford Road, Bluebonnet Road and Martin Parkway.

Gartner showed the council project options for Glade. One was two lanes with a continuous left turn lane; another had two lanes with left turn lanes where warranted; and the final option featured two lanes with a median and left-turn lanes.

The project manager also showed illustrations of possible options for intersections, including roundabouts, stop signs and signals.

Residents will get a chance to see the illustrations at Monday’s public meeting.

Councilman Chuck Mogged said it’s important to understand that the options being discussed are still conceptual.

“What we have isn’t decided,” he said. “What's out there has yet to be determined.”

The team will use feedback from Monday’s meeting to craft a final concept to present to the council in January.

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