Newly approved funding from Tarrant County will help the city of Keller complete a major reconstruction project in Old Town Keller.

What’s happening

At their June 4 meeting, Tarrant County commissioners approved an interlocal agreement with Keller to provide the city an additional $1.84 million to help complete a $21.9 million project.

The specifics

Plans are in motion to make roadway improvements on South Elm Street from Bear Creek Parkway to FM 1709 in Keller. According to a December presentation, the project includes elements such as:
  • On-street parking
  • Gateway features
  • Landscaping
  • Benches
  • Trash cans
  • Bike racks
This adds to the $5.75 million voters previously approved the county to contribute as part of the 2021 bond package. That brings the total amount the county is contributing to $7.59 million.

What they’re saying

“We are grateful for partners like Tarrant County, who believe in the vision for Old Town Keller and know that when this reconstruction project is complete, it will be the catalyst for a vibrant, more pedestrian-friendly destination business district,” Keller Mayor Armin Mizani said.

The background

The South Elm Street reconstruction is the second phase of a plan to improve Old Town Keller. A ribbon-cutting was held Oct. 7 to mark the completion of improvements to Bates Street in Old Town Keller, which was also part of the second phase. The project included installing a pedestrian hybrid beacon, a median on US 377 and improvements to Bates Street Park.

Next steps

Keller City Council is expected to select a contractor for the project this year. Construction is expected to start this fall, with officials keeping an eye on project phasing, said Rachel Reynolds, Keller’s communication and public engagement manager.

“If the timeline moves such that work would begin just before the holiday season, we’ll likely push to January to avoid impacting the area’s businesses as best we can,” she said in an email.