About 300 Colleyville residents packed a public meeting about the expansion of Glade Road Monday evening. Some were opposed to making the road larger, others glad the city is going to improve it.
A study of the road, a key east-west corridor through Colleyville, has shown that it is both unsafe and congested. Some of the residents who spoke Monday said they would rather deal with congestion than lose trees along the road to widening.
A representative of TransSystems, the company that did the study, fielded questions for nearly two hours from residents concerned about trees, cost and the reasons for expanding the road.
"The main reason is, it's falling apart," Bob Lowry, city public works director, told the crowd. "There are many places where pavement is only two inches thick. The fact that it needs to be reconstructed provides an opportunity to address areas that experience significant traffic congestion."
TransSystems' Chad Gartner showed residents three options: two lanes with a continuous left turn lane; two lanes with left turn lanes where needed; and two lanes with medians and left turn lanes.
Resident Bobby Lindmood, who lives along Glade and put up signs protesting the widening, said he doesn't want any of those options,
"We want the road improved as far as fixing the deterioration," he said, but he and other neighbors don't want any more work.
TransSystems distributed comment cards at the meeting, and will continue to take public input on the website www.gladeroadproject.com until Dec. 18.
"Public input is vital to the success of this project," Gartner told the audience.
He said TransSystems plans to make a recommendation to the city council by late January. He said they will look for a way to make the road safer as well address resident concerns.
The city council, many of whom were at Monday's meeting, will have the final say.