In Hurst, rebuilt stretch of Precinct Line Road opens after 18 months of work

HURST -- New lanes on a busy stretch of Precinct Line Road opened to motorists this week after about 18 months of work.

Reconstruction of 1.1 miles of the thoroughfare between Texas 26 and Texas 121/183 began in fall 2008. Finishing touches are under way, including landscaping, sidewalks and traffic signals, said Val Lopez, spokesman for the Texas Department of Transportation's Fort Worth district.

Hurst leaders plan an April 23 event to celebrate the project's completion.

The $9.8 million state-funded project expanded a roadway that used to have two lanes in each direction and a continuous turn lane.

The road now has three lanes in each direction, raised-curb medians and median openings for left-turn lanes.

"That makes it a safer road," Lopez said. "It makes traffic more predictable for the driver."

The work created challenges for motorists and for businesses, but city officials expect traffic to flow more easily now.

"Not only is the road expanded, it is greatly improved," city spokeswoman Ashleigh Whiteman said.