The latest: The $38.2 million project is scheduled for completion in mid-2019. The Texas Department of Transportation offers financial incentives for early completion and penalties for delays.
What’s next: In early 2019, asphalt and concrete work is planned from Tinker Road south to Hall-Johnson Road. Storm drain installation will continue from Hall-Johnson to the south of Main Street. Traffic on Hall-Johnson and Church Street on the east side at SH 26 have switched to new pavement to allow for reconstruction of the other half of each side street. In addition, the city is coordinating its efforts with TxDOT to take over landscaping for the project and is hopeful for a seamless transition from road construction to landscape enhancements. The city has earmarked $3 million for the lighting of the corridor, but will probably spend only about half of that, Assistant City Manager Adrienne Lothery said. Any remaining money can be used to make the corridor more attractive in other ways. The council has decided on lighting and is planning to enhance the beauty of the road once TxDOT has finished road work.