Strategic Street Improvement Plan
In June 2021, the City Council approved the City's five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) to address the condition of the City's aging thoroughfares and neighborhood streets. To create the strategic plan, Engineering staff used a previous pavement analysis, and prioritized roads that were at least 40 years old. Citizen comments and concerns were also factored into the plan. Then, Engineering staff developed a simplified rating method and evaluated the high priority roads to perform first-hand evaluations.
A total of 65 high-priority neighborhood street segments have been incorporated into the plan for improvements.
The study also addressed the City's major thoroughfares.
As part of the plan, a funding timeline was developed. Many of the segments will be repaved following needed waterline, sewer line, or drainage improvements. The following chart shows the thoroughfare projects and the year they have been/will be funded.
Please note, funding allows for necessary engineering and design work to begin on each individual project. Construction timelines are not determined until any necessary engineering and design work is complete. Some projects may not need engineering and/or design work; however, the majority of these projects will need engineering and design work.
|Fiscal Year 2022-2023||Fiscal Year 2023-2024||Fiscal Year 2024-2025||Fiscal Year 2025-2026|
|Forest Ridge Dr. - Harwood Rd. to Cheek-Sparger Rd.*||X|
|Forest Ridge Dr. - Bedford Rd to S.H. 183*||X|
|Forest Ridge Dr. - Harwood Rd. to Bedford Rd.*||X|
|Harwood Rd. - Hurst City Limits to S.H. 121 Traffic Signals*||X|
|Harwood Rd. - Hurst City Limits to West of Central Dr.*||X|
|Bedford Rd. - Brown Trail to S.H. 183/121**||X|
|Bedford Rd. - S.H. 183/121 to Central Drive**||X|
|Bedford Rd. - Hurst City Limits to Brown Trail**||X|
|Brown Trail - Harwood Rd. to Pipeline Rd.***||X|
|Cheek-Sparger Rd. - S.H. 121 to Bedford Rd.||X|
|McLain Rd. - Cummings Dr. to Cheek-Sparger Rd.||X|
|Murphy Dr. - Cheek-Sparger Rd. to Harwood Rd.||X|
|Schumac Lane - Central Dr. to Hospital Pkwy.||X|
* = Will be resurfaced after the completion of the waterline installation project
** = Will be resurfaced after the necessary water/sanitary sewer line replacement project
*** = Was approved by Tarrant County voters in 2021 to be partially-funded by Tarrant County bond dollars.
The City of Euless will be improving Pipeline Road, and crews are already performing the necessary utility work. The City of Bedford is in the process of designing utility relocations along the roadway as well, in anticipation of the City of Euless reconstructing the roadway, which will begin later this year.
The City of Euless' website shows Phase II of their street reconstruction project will include West Pipeline Road, from Raider Drive to the western city limits.
Cheek-Sparger Road falls within the City of Colleyville's borders and therefore Colleyville is heading up this project. Currently, there are no definitive start dates yet.
Cheek-Sparger Road will be expanded from two lanes to three between the Bedford Road and Heritage Avenue intersections. There will be one lane for eastbound traffic and one for westbound vehicles, separated by a turn lane in the middle. This keeps the two-lane configuration used today, while allowing for easier turning capabilities and better traffic flow. The future Cheek-Sparger still needs to be designed and could include a drainage system, five-foot-wide sidewalk on the north side, and a 10-foot-wide trail on the south side of the road. Ultimate design will include opportunity for public input.
The City of Colleyville will need to select and award the design work to an engineering firm. The design will take about a year to complete, and then construction will take around two years, from start to finish, because it is such a big project.
The project was included in the voter-approved 2021 Tarrant County bond package, meaning the County is funding half of the project. The remaining $13 million in costs will be split between Colleyville and Bedford. The Cities of Colleyville and Bedford continue to pursue grant funding for their portion of the project to minimize the cost to taxpayers.
Many neighborhood streets were also included in the five-year strategic plan. Numerous factors were taken into consideration for prioritizing and scheduling the streets that needed the most work such as:
- Engineering staff's assessment of the roads' condition
- Any corresponding water/utility line/drainage work
- And neighboring streets near high priority streets
The neighborhood roads that were labeled higher priority will dictate the timing of any necessary water and sewer line upgrades. The following link shows a table of all the 65 streets included in the plan and the type of work that will be funded during the next five years.
The thoroughfare projects will be funded through debt obligations, which the City will issue in August. The City chose to issue debt for these projects due to the significant cost of these needed upgrades.
The debt obligations will be repaid through 4B Street Improvement Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) funds, which is derived from the half-cent dedicated sales tax the City receives from the State. Meaning, for example, if a person purchases a taxable item for $1 in the City of Bedford, a half-penny of sales tax would go into that fund. If a person purchases $100 worth of taxable goods, 50 cents would go into the 4B SIEDC fund, and so on. The repayment of the debt for these thoroughfare projects will not impact ad valorem taxes (property taxes).