Northeast Tarrant

Delays push back Texas 26 construction

Construction on Texas 26 from Brumlow/Pool Road to John McCain Road was supposed to be completed in spring 2014, but 2015 looks more plausible, Colleyville officials said.

The project has been delayed by everything from design changes to nesting birds. Colleyville city staff updated the City Council on the work’s current and future status at the Feb. 18 council meeting.

“If you’ve traveled this section of the corridor lately, you are most likely aware this project will not be completed in spring,” city engineer Jeremy Hutt told the council, city staff and residents.

The Texas Department of Transportation project, which is in the first phase of construction, aims to widen portions of Texas 26 to six lanes with raised medians and left-turn access.

Hutt said the first phase, which began construction in July 2012, has met several delays that pushed its deadline back to March 2015, or possibly December 2014.

Utility relocation that was not completed on time set the project back by three months; a design change that could impact retaining walls could add up to a 75-day delay; a subcontractor went out of business; construction management staff has changed and federally protected migratory birds nested in a bridge creating a 50-day delay.

TxDOT spokesman Val Lopez has said teams worked on a different part of the project when the bridge was protected.

The project also has seen some changes because Colleyville aims to make Texas 26/Colleyville Boulevard more than just a highway.

The city received a $175,000 grant from TxDOT to install median landscaping. The city also plans to install backlit LED street signs along the corridor.

The next step of the project is to move utilities along Hall-Johnson to John McCain, which staff predicts will happen this spring. Last fall, city leaders decided to shift the focus of widening to the more commercial portions of the roadway.

Rather than making it six lanes, council decided to stick with four lanes and a large median.