The city can prepare for one certainty — there will be an increase of orange construction barrels around town.
Colleyville hosted its annual State of the City on Jan. 29, touching on major current and upcoming issues including the plethora of on-going and expected construction projects. The night consisted of an open house where residents were able to meet with city staff members, leadership and organizations, followed by a presentation by City Manager Jennifer Fadden.
“No matter where you were in 2014, whether a citizen or business owner, perhaps nothing dominated the Colleyville conversation as much as construction on our streets, roads and highways,” Fadden said.
She gave an update on many of the projects and also some insight into what to expect in the coming year.
“We are definitely sensitive to the notion of construction fatigue,” she said. “We approach projects with that at the forefront of our mind.”
She told about 100 in attendance that The Texas Department of Transportation plans to complete the first phase of Texas 26 reconstruction, just past the John McCain Road intersection, in March. The Council passed a resolution seeking to complete the rest of the project with six-lanes instead of just four.
Public Works Director Bob Lowry said the city is exploring funding sources.
Fadden also spoke about Glade Road and how the city’s voters will decide in May if an amendment that limits the amount of construction will be adopted.
“For some it’s a major thoroughfare that needs reconstruction to meet current engineering and safety standards, for others, it is first and foremost a neighborhood street,” she said. “Everyone seems to agree that Glade Road warrants our attention and that either reconstruction, rehabilitation, or extensive road repairs should be done.”
Fadden also highlighted the city’s commitment to improving its infrastructure. The City Council approved budgeting $3 million this year to improve the city’s roads. Ten years ago the city spent $100,000.
“In reality, road construction is an investment in Colleyville,” she said. “Better roads protect property values and enhance how we see our community.”
The city expects to complete the Cheek-Sparger and Jackson roundabout this month. Fadden also mentioned the closure of Pleasant Run Road from Veranda and Mission lanes to Bogart Drive for 270 days. She said that homeowners and businesses on or adjacent to Pleasant Run Road will still have access.
“We know road construction is inconvenient and tedious, and we’ll do all that we can to make it easier,” she said before pointing to a photo of a construction site with orange barrels.
“For a time, this may be a familiar sight, but when these disappear, the benefits, value and investment protection they bring will remain for many, many years.”