Keller City Council examined a couple of road projects at its Oct. 17 meeting, including approving the Keller Hicks Road improvements project, which is a joint project with the city of Fort Worth.

Council also discussed the Mount Gilead Road reconstruction project, but no staff direction was given.

What's happening

The scope of the Keller Hicks project goes from Lauren Way in Fort Worth to just east of the railroad in Keller, according to a City Council agenda memo that stated city staff has been working with Fort Worth officials over the last several years on the design, right-of-way acquisition, permitting and utility relocation for the project. The project cost is $1.4 million.

The city of Fort Worth is the lead agency and has bid the project, and officials in Fort Worth also will manage and inspect the project. Construction is scheduled to start after the holiday season.

Funds are budgeted in the Street System Capital Improvements Project Fund, with money provided by the general fund and the 2017 certificates of obligation.

What else?

Council also received an update on plans for the Mount Gilead Road reconstruction project. The first of these two plans would have the project run from US 377 to Bourland Road. In this project, the road would transition from a five-lane undivided road to a three-lane undivided road between Oak and Bourland roads. Other major features are a Bourland Road roundabout, a detention pond and a conservation easement.

The features of the other project—from US 377 to Mount Gilead Private Drive—would include a four-lane divided road from US 377 to Oak Drive, asphalt transition to an existing two-lane roadway, and a 10-foot-wide trail on the north side and a 6-foot-wide sidewalk on the south side.

Council was presented two different choices for the project with different price tags at $13.8 million for US 377 to Bourland and $9.3 million for the shorter option that spans from US 377 to Mount Gilead Private Drive, but no decisions were made. An Oct. 25 public meeting was held on the project.

Looking ahead

Rachel Reynolds, communication and public engagement manager with the city, said officials often adjust project designs before final plans based on public input and additional council consideration, which would, in turn, alter the cost estimates.

Reynolds said more discussion about the Mount Gilead project is expected during the work session of the Nov. 20 council meeting.