Coppell mayor, city officials highlight 2019 accomplishments in state-of-the-city event

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Coppell Mayor Karen Hunt (left) answers questions from emcee Dana Dillard at the Coppell state-of-the-city address on Jan. 23. (Gavin Pugh/Community impact Newspaper)

Coppell Mayor Karen Hunt (left) answers questions from emcee Dana Dillard at the Coppell state-of-the-city address on Jan. 23. (Gavin Pugh/Community impact Newspaper)

Coppell Mayor Karen Hunt listed the city's recent work on city roads, water infrastructure updates and expanded trail networks as major accomplishments of 2019.

Hunt, along with local industry partners and city officials detailed recent city initiatives at an annual state-of-the-city event Jan. 23.

Coppell roads

Road work has included major reconstruction projects on Freeport Parkway and Parkway Boulevard. Both of those projects are expected to be complete this spring, according to Coppell Public Works Director Kent Collins

"The new eastbound lanes are open to traffic, and we're working hard on the westbound lanes," he said in a city-prepared video presentation. "We're working on a side path for pedestrians and bicycles, and a lot of landscaping that's going to go in—we expect that to wrap up in the spring."


Continuing to improve traffic flow remains one of the city's top challenges, Hunt said.

"We only have so many lanes of traffic," she said. "If we add one more, guess what? They just fill ... up. ... Figuring out ways to help that traffic move through town—that's a big deal."

Water updates

Recent water work has included reconstructing the main water tower and replacing 13,400 water meters throughout the city, according to city staff.

The new water meters provide Coppell residents with more accurate and frequent usage updates, according to Assistant Finance Director Kim Tiehen.

The technology also provides residents with leak alerts from the city more quickly, she said.

Trail opening

The opening of a connection into Irving's Campion Trail was one of the city's recreation highlights of 2019, according to Park Project Manager John Elias.

"Not only does it add 2.2 miles to our trail system, but it also gives our community the opportunity to ride the Campion Trail, which is an additional 19 miles," Elias said in the presentation. "That basically takes you from Coppell all the way through Las Colinas and almost to Grand Prairie.

Future work includes adding bicycle lanes on Moore Road, Riverchase Drive and Fairway Drive, he said.
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By Gavin Pugh

After reporting for Community Impact Newspaper's Plano paper for over two years, Gavin launched the Coppell, Valley Ranch and Las Colinas edition in October 2019. As editor, Gavin's beat includes transportation, municipal government, education and Dallas Area Rapid Transit.


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