April 16 is the deadline for Tarrant County municipalities to submit project ideas for the $400 million transportation bond program that voters will consider in November.

On April 13, Tarrant County commissioners discussed the process for considering whether to hire a consultant to help narrow down the list of projects proposed for the package. County Administrator GK Maenius said he would speak to the commissioners individually and to the bond planning committee and then come back to the court with a recommendation within a week or two.

The transportation bond program seeks to increase mobility, reduce congestion, enhance safety and improve connectivity throughout the county. Fort Worth has proposed several dozen projects to be considered. The cities of Keller and Colleyville have also submitted projects for consideration.

The last Tarrant County transportation bond program was developed in 2006. It allocated funding in four categories: local arterial improvements, transit-related improvements, improvements to projects on the Texas Department of Transportation's highway system and commissioner discretionary road improvements. Ongoing projects include White Chapel Boulevard in Southlake.