Keller seeks more transportation funding from Tarrant County

A rehabilitation project on Roanoke Road is one of a number of transportation projects in progress in the city of Keller. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
A rehabilitation project on Roanoke Road is one of a number of transportation projects in progress in the city of Keller. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)

A rehabilitation project on Roanoke Road is one of a number of transportation projects in progress in the city of Keller. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)

One of the first meetings Keller Mayor Armin Mizani held after being elected was with Tarrant County Commissioner for Precinct 3 Gary Fickes. The goal of the meeting was to determine how the city could get additional county funds for local transportation projects, Mizani said.

“A lot of the time, for infrastructure improvements, the county will partner with us to offset the cost,” he said. “And I looked at some of the surrounding cities, and they’re getting a little bit more.”

Most recently, the county contributed $100,000 toward the $6 million Johnson Road project. The city is in the process of finalizing plans to add a roundabout to the Johnson Road and Keller-Smithfield Road intersection, among other upgrades.

“Infrastructure improvements are also a big deal because there’s a lot of growth happening around Keller,” Mizani said. “We have to make improvements to our streets and sidewalks."

The city expects work to begin on the nine-month-long Johnson Road project by April, Mizani added. He also expects improvements to Whitley Road and other problematic areas in the near future.
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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