Ongoing and recent transportation projects in Keller, Roanoke and northeast Fort Worth

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Ongoing Projects

Keller water line maintenance

A portion of Mt. Gilead Road between Bourland Road and Stegall Drive reopened Feb. 26. This is part of Phase 1 of the city of Keller Water System Capital Improvements Project. A second section, set between Hwy. 377 and Morris Drive, is expected to open in early April. The eastbound lane will remain closed Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. as work crews install temporary water service lines, water main replacements, new service connections and pavement and sod replacement. Work is not expected to affect garbage collection, mail delivery or other services.

Timeline: January-April

Cost: $2.6 million

Funding source: city of Keller Water System Capital Improvements Project

Recent Projects

Basswood Boulevard, Beach Street upgrades

As approved in the city of Fort Worth 2018 bond, crews will implement full signal modifications and add dual left-turn lanes to all legs of the intersection of Basswood Boulevard and Beach Street. According to city officials, the purpose of the project will be to improve efficiency and increase turn capacity. The project will also increase safety, visibility and traffic flow while decreasing wait times.

Timeline: summer 2020-spring 2021

Cost: TBD

Funding source: city of Fort Worth 2018 bond

North Riverside Drive improvements

The city of Fort Worth is slated to begin a 15-month project that will overhaul North Riverside Drive from North Tarrant Parkway to Old Denton Road. Work crews will turn an existing two-lane street into a four-lane, divided arterial road. The project will include roundabouts at Thompson Road and Summerfields Boulevard as well as new travel lanes, intersection and drainage improvements, bicycle lanes, streetlights and sidewalk improvements.

Timeline: spring 2020-summer 2021

Cost: $13.95 million

Funding source: •city of Fort Worth 2014 bond

How It Works:

How have state amendments increased funds?

Two Texas constitutional amendments—Propositions 1 and 7—have added billions to the State Highway Fund since fiscal year 2017-18, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

The fund pays for construction, maintenance and right of way acquisition for road projects, TxDOT Information Specialist Adam Hammons said.

Proposition 1, which passed in 2014, •divides a portion of oil and natural gas production taxes evenly between the SHF and the Economic Stability Fund, also known as the Rainy Day Fund.

Proposition 7 was passed in 2015 and requires the state comptroller to deposit $2.5 billion of net revenue from sales and use taxes into the highway fund each year.

The two propositions have led to the contribution of about $7.8 billion to the highway fund since 2017.

By Ian Pribanic
Ian Pribanic covers city government, transportation, business and education news for Community Impact Newspaper in the Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth areas. A Washington D.C. native and University of North Texas graduate, Ian was previously an editor for papers in Oklahoma, West Texas and for Community Impact in New Braunfels.


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