TxDOT has ongoing FM 1709 intersection projects at Rufe Snow Drive and Keller-Smithfield. The intersection upgrades are part of TxDOT’s FM 1709 signal maintenance project, which started in Keller at the Cindy Street intersection May 24 and has continued eastward intersection by intersection through Keller and Southlake, according to a Keller press release.
In an Oct. 14 Facebook post, the city of Keller wrote TxDOT had mismarked southbound Keller-Smithfield Road. The Keller Public Works Department reached out to TxDOT to have it corrected and wrote that it would make the changes itself if TxDOT was not willing or able to do so.
Keller Public Works Director Alonzo Liñán said the markings show two left-turn lanes and one lane to go straight or turn right, but the city had planned for one left-turn lane, one through lane and one right-turn lane. Liñán said TxDOT had based the lane assignments “on traffic counts that are older than what the city is using.”
TxDOT confirmed it will not be making the changes, so the city's public works department will remark the southbound leg of the intersection once the rest of the intersection improvements are finished, according to the city’s Nov. 5 newsletter.
TxDOT estimates construction on the two intersections will finish “around the end of the year,” according to the newsletter.
After the signal upgrades are finished, TxDOT will retime the entire FM 1709 corridor from Hwy. 377 to Hwy. 114. The retiming project is estimated to begin in January and finish up in late April to mid-May.