Stories to follow in 2019: Construction on SH 26 in Colleyville to include landscape, lighting

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What we reported: Some local businesses attributed faltering sales to the construction taking place on SH 26, even as road work moved to a new phase. The city of Colleyville introduced quarterly promotions to help businesses.

The latest: The $38.2 million project is scheduled for completion in mid-2019. The Texas Department of Transportation offers financial incentives for early completion and penalties for delays.

What’s next: In early 2019, asphalt and concrete work is planned from Tinker Road south to Hall-Johnson Road. Storm drain installation will continue from Hall-Johnson to the south of Main Street. Traffic on Hall-Johnson and Church Street on the east side at SH 26 have switched to new pavement to allow for reconstruction of the other half of each side street. In addition, the city is coordinating its efforts with TxDOT to take over landscaping for the project and is hopeful for a seamless transition from road construction to landscape enhancements. The city has earmarked $3 million for the lighting of the corridor, but will probably spend only about half of that, Assistant City Manager Adrienne Lothery said. Any remaining money can be used to make the corridor more attractive in other ways. The council has decided on lighting and is planning to enhance the beauty of the road once TxDOT has finished road work.
By Miranda Jaimes

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.