Transportation updates on FM 1938, SH 26 and SH 121

FM 1938 Phase 2

Transportation updates

Construction on the Southlake project continues with crews continuing to reconstruct the new northbound lanes between Florence Road and Palomar Trail and southbound lanes between Fawkes Lane and Florence. The project is widening the roadway to two lanes in each direction from Randol Mill Avenue to Southlake Boulevard.

Timeline: April 2015-summer 2017
Cost: $20.6 million
Funding sources: Texas Department of Transportation; U.S. Department of Transportation; Federal Highway Administration; Tarrant County; cities of Southlake, Trophy Club, Keller, Westlake; North Central Texas Council of Governments

SH 26 Phase 2

Transportation updates

Motorists can expect to see the installation of temporary pavement and temporary driveways at various locations throughout the project. The project consists of widening the roadway from four lanes to six lanes from John McCain Road to Brown Trail in Colleyville.

Timeline: November 2016-2019
Cost: $38.2 million
Funding sources: TXDOT

SH 121 expansion

Transportation updates

In late February a major traffic pattern change occurred with the opening of the new southbound SH 121 exit to Grapevine Mills Boulevard. In March crews will continue concrete paving on the new northbound main lanes of SH 121 north of Freeport Parkway. Concrete paving on the southbound frontage road will also be done. When complete the project will widen SH 121 from four lanes to 10 lanes between Grapevine Mills in Grapevine and the Sam Rayburn Tollway/Business 121 split in Lewisville.

Timeline: March 2014-September 2017
Cost: $58.8 million
Funding sources: TxDOT, NCTCOG, federal funds

How it works

How are state speed limits determined?

How are state speed limits determined? How are state speed limits determined?[/caption]

Whenever a new road is built in Texas, the entity constructing the roadway is required to reach out to the Texas Transportation Commission to determine the speed limit for the new road, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

Factors that determine a road’s speed limit include the road’s length and location, transitions from other speed limits, directional differences, trial runs of the roadway and the location of regulatory speed limit signs along the road, according to TxDOT.

Local governments hold some control over determining speed limits as well. Cities, counties and other government officials work with TxDOT to conduct traffic and engineering studies and pass city speed ordinances, TxDOT Public Information Officer Deidrea George said.

State Rep. Celia Israel, D-Austin, recently filed House Bill 1368 to lower the prima facie speed limits on urban district roads in Texas from 30 mph to 25 mph. The prima facie speed limit is the unspoken speed limit on roads with no posted limit.

By Sherelle Black
Sherelle joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2014 as a reporter for the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. She was promoted in 2015 to editor of the GCS edition. In August 2017, Sherelle became the editor of the Lewisville/Flower Mound/Highland Village edition. Sherelle covers transportation, economic development, education and features.


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