Colleyville limits Glade Road Project to one mile

07/22/2014 11:11 AM

07/22/2014 11:12 AM

City Council reduced plans to reconstruct Glade Road, one of the city’s main east-west corridors, from a four-mile, $20 million undertaking to just one mile, $5.7 million in order to reach a compromise.

The council agreed to pay TranSystems $644,365 to design a plan to reconstruct the road from Bransford Road to Manning Drive.

Mayor David Kelly led the decision to reduce the scope of the Glade Road Project, which originally reconstructed the roadway from Precinct Line Road to Heritage Avenue with turn lanes and sidewalks and trails.

The plan has faced opposition from neighbors who live on Glade and beyond since its early stages in 2013. Council members have been conflicted on the concept designs since March, but were in agreement that changes to a portion of the road would improve traffic.

“Now, after almost two years studying this one issue, conducting public meetings for both large and small groups, developing a variety of engineering approaches and holding work sessions like this, I believe it’s time to make a decision and move on,” Kelly said. “The objective of government is to get things done and we were not getting anything done.”

He said city leaders have other projects to focus on like reconstruction of Texas 26, the city’s comprehensive plan, senior center renovation and more.

TranSystems will work with impacted residents to design the mile of changes that include roundabouts at the Bransford and Riverwalk intersections. The plan also aims to remove the three-way stop and improve the sight distance at the Bluebonnet intersection.

The project has faced criticism for concepts that included curb changes and adding a trail and sidewalk that would require the city to obtain land from residents who live along the road.

Sue Oliver lives at the Bransford intersection and told council that the roundabout projected in the concept designs would destroy several trees that are hundreds of years old.

Council members like Chuck Mogged said the concept plans show the worst-case scenario and during the design phase city staff and the contractors would work closely with residents.

“I feel much better that there will be a partnership,” Oliver said.

Judy Chappell has helped lead an organized effort that has gathered 1,200 signatures for a petition opposing certain parts of the project. She said she and other residents hope to work with council members to find a favorable solution and not have to formally submit the petition, which could pause any work regarding the Glade Road reconstruction until after a vote in November.

“We have been intrusted with the signatures and feelings of quite a larger number of the voters in Colleyville,” she said. “We will try to do what's best to come to an equitable conclusion.”

She added that her and other residents are for improving traffic flow, but against additional changes like adding a 10-foot trail and 5-foot sidewalk to either side of the road.

Council member Carol Wollin expressed her desire to work more closely with neighbors for future improvements along the road.

“I also would like to see everybody sit down at a table and see where can we find common ground,” she said. “Just talk as neighbors.”

A majority of the original $20 million budget was tax-increment-financing (TIF) funding. The extra money will return to the city’s TIF pool to be allocated for other projects, which have yet to be determined.

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