A not-so-quick drive through Mansfield reveals a theme for the summer of 2017: road construction.
Currently, there are more than a dozen road maintenance and reconstruction projects on the public works calendar for this summer and early fall. The projects range from routine maintenance to road reconstruction and improvements.
“Each year the city has a list of road projects that are part of our regular maintenance,” said Bart VanAmburgh, director of public works for the city. “A lot of these projects happen in summer when weather is less of a factor and school is not in session. This gives the MISD buses less construction to navigate. But the regular maintenance is important to keep our roadways in good condition.”
There are $1 million in street maintenance projects on the schedule for this fiscal year, and a $5.2 million capital improvement bond project (Debbie Lane between FM 157 and North Main Street).
David Boski, assistant director of public works and the city’s traffic engineer, said the city engineers schedule the maintenance projects so only one area of the city is impacted at any one time. This summer, much of the maintenance is being done in the northeast and southeast sections of the city.
“But we also keep an eye out for problem areas that pop up so we can move the projects around accordingly,” he said.
The traffic congestion generated by the maintenance projects can be a headache, city engineers say. However keeping the roads well maintained is the goal, and the schedule is developed to minimize traffic congestion as much as possible.
“Every project is necessary to keep our roads in good condition. And we’re also looking for ways to improve traffic by widening roadways and adding lanes. Staying on a regular maintenance schedule is the best way to accomplish these goals,” Boski said.
Here’s a list of this summer’s projects and their expected construction starts dates:
Matlock Road – north city limits to Country Club Drive – next two weeks
Debbie Lane – U.S .287 to Matlock Road – next three weeks
East Broad Street – Main Street to Walnut Creek within the next month
Mansfield Webb Road – Matlock Road to Lifetime fitness – within the next two months
Seeton Road – Lake Ridge High School south driveway to National Parkway – within the next two months
Holland Road – from the bridge to railroad tracks – within the next two months
Day Miar Road – Grand Meadow Boulevard to Lake Ridge High School – within the next two months
Callender Road – Russell to U.S. 287 – within the next two months
Newt Patterson – Cardinal Road to Tarrant County line – within the next two months.
Cannon Drive – Arbors Drive to Lake Creek Trail – within the next two months
Creekwood Drive – Cannon Drive to dead end – within the next two months
For more information, the quarterly Road Report is available at Mansfield Citizen Online and the City website .