Sidewalk construction underway on north side of John McCain Road in Colleyville

Hike and bike trail improvements along John McCain Road in Colleyville include an 8- to 10-foot-wide concrete walkway in separate segments that will connect to the existing Cotton Belt Trail. (Kira Lovell/Community Impact Newspaper)
Hike and bike trail improvements along John McCain Road in Colleyville include an 8- to 10-foot-wide concrete walkway in separate segments that will connect to the existing Cotton Belt Trail. (Kira Lovell/Community Impact Newspaper)

Hike and bike trail improvements along John McCain Road in Colleyville include an 8- to 10-foot-wide concrete walkway in separate segments that will connect to the existing Cotton Belt Trail. (Kira Lovell/Community Impact Newspaper)

Colleyville City Council approved an expansion of a sidewalk project on John McCain Road on Dec. 15, four months after the project was first approved. When it is completed in April, the John McCain Hike & Bike Trail improvement project will have built an 8- to 10-foot-wide concrete walkway in separate segments that connect to the existing Cotton Belt Trail.

Construction is currently underway on the south side of John McCain Road, and the additional funds granted will go to filling gaps on the north side. Some of the sidewalk on the north side of the road will be completed by the new Oak Alley subdivision.

According to city documents, state law allows cities to increase construction contracts by up to 25% of the original cost, which was done in this case. The expansion will fulfill some of the priorities established by Colleyville’s Pedestrian Transportation Ad Hoc Committee, which comprises private citizens and members of the Colleyville Parks and Recreation Board. The committee sets annual priorities for new or improved sidewalks and trails as part of the Colleyville Capital Improvement Plan, which City Council must approve.

Colleyville Public Works Director Ray Silva-Reyes explained that the city was taking advantage of the original contract with HQS Construction LLC to fill additional gaps in the city’s pedestrian walkways.

“Get them knocked out with this contract and save us a mobilization fee,” Silva-Reyes said at the Dec. 15 City Council meeting. “We have a good contract on our hands.”


Timeline: summer 2020-spring 2021

Cost: $935,429

Funding source: city of Colleyville
By Kira Lovell
Kira Lovell is a reporter covering Grapevine-Colleyville-Southlake and Keller-Roanoke-North Fort Worth. Before joining Community Impact, she majored in journalism at the University of Missouri and covered education and local arts for the Columbia Missourian and Vox Magazine.