Fort Worth installing traffic signals rather than roundabouts at 11 intersections

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At its Aug. 20 meeting, Fort Worth City Council approved installing traffic signals rather than roundabouts at 11 intersections in Northeast Fort Worth.

A bond of more than $261.63 million was approved by Fort Worth voters in 2018 for street and mobility infrastructure improvements, according to City Council documents. Projects identified in the bond included installing roundabouts at the 11 intersections.

Prior to building the roundabouts, the city performed more detailed reviews of traffic counts and available right of way at the intersections. Some intersections were also analyzed to look at other factors such as roadwork being constructed nearby and the possible effect of a roundabout on nearby railroad crossings, according to the documents.

After the reviews, the city determined that traffic signals would better serve the 11 intersections.

“[Considering] safety, traffic flow, traffic volume, installation costs and cost to maintain, I am a fan of roundabouts. Occasionally, traffic feasibility studies will indicate that a traffic signal better serves an intersection,” Fort Worth City Council Member Cary Moon told Community Impact Newspaper. “What residents can take away is that a lot of road improvements are coming. We have hundreds of millions of dollars secured for road improvements in our area. Road design is in the final stages, and the city is working to get these roads built.”

The budget for the intersection projects is not expected to be impacted by using traffic signals rather than roundabouts, according to the documents.

Fort Worth City Council approved installing traffic signals at the following intersections:

Blue Mound Road and US 287, northbound frontage road
After converting to one-way frontage roads, a traffic signal was deemed more efficient.

Blue Mound Road and US 287, southbound frontage road
After converting to one-way frontage roads, a traffic signal was deemed more efficient.

Keller-Hicks and Katy roads
The intersection is adjacent to a railroad crossing, and additional requirements would be needed to move forward with a roundabout.

Bonds Ranch Road and FM 156
The Texas Department of Transportation will build the intersection and recommends a traffic signal.

Golden Triangle Boulevard and Harmon Road
A traffic signal would be more efficient with local truck traffic.

Avondale Haslet and Willow Springs North roads
A recent traffic study shows a traffic signal would be more efficient with local traffic.

Avondale Haslet and Willow Springs South roads
A recent traffic study shows a traffic signal would be more efficient with local traffic.

Avondale Haslet Road and Sendera Ranch Boulevard
A recent traffic study shows a traffic signal would be more efficient with local traffic.

Kroger Drive and Kroger Distribution Drive
A traffic signal would be more efficient with local truck traffic.

Kroger Drive and Park Vista Circle West
A traffic signal would be more efficient with local truck traffic.

Park Vista Boulevard and Keller Haslet Road
A traffic signal was recommended as a temporary solution until Park Vista Boulevard’s southbound lanes are constructed.

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  1. Better lights then round abouts. They are all around at Harmon Rd and 287 and Bonds Ranch Rd and 287. This has caused more congestion than traffic lights cause because they are single lanes. Bring on the 🚦

  2. Roundabouts are more efficient and less dangerous if you follow the protocol. They also move much more traffic in less time. I’ve used them all over Europe.

  3. Not a big fan of the round abouts on main streets with heavier traffic flow especially at rush hour but at least research was done in to to review what is effective.

  4. JEREMY T DRAKE

    We NEED roundabouts. The congestion has risen as approximately 1000 new residents move to DFW a DAY. The problem with traffic, is the ease with which an individual can gain an motor vehicle operators license. Bottom line too many vehicles, combined with sub-par operators=traffic. The DMV has come to reflect our school system, as in you show up, you get the license. There should be multi level (ie day time course, night time course, wet course, etc) before you are allowed on public roads. My niece parallel parked, & gained a DL. That’s it, parked, & they put her out on the road…..

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Korri Kezar
Korri Kezar graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011 with a degree in journalism. She worked for Community Impact Newspaper's Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto edition for two years before moving to Dallas. Five years later, she returned to the company to launch Community Impact Newspaper's Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth edition, where she covers local government, development, transportation and a variety of other topics. She has also worked at the San Antonio Express-News, Austin-American Statesman and Dallas Business Journal.
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