Major construction projects are underway in Weatherford and Willow Park, causing delays for residents.
The construction project in Weatherford begins at the intersection of South Bowie Drive and Interstate 20 West Frontage Road and extends about 700 feet north of Cutters Crossing.
“Increased traffic flow along Bowie Drive and the intersection dictates we improve the roadway to a four-lane configuration with signalized intersection at South Bowie and Cutters Crossing, which includes dedicated turn lanes in both directions,” city of Weatherford Director of Communications and Marketing Blake Rexroat said. “Barring any unforeseen circumstances or weather-related delays, this project has allowed construction time of 170 calendar days.”
The project cost is $1,261,375.75 and has been funded through the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 1 and escrowed funds required as part of the QuikTrip and Cutters Crossing developments, Rexroat said.
The project will include curbs, gutters with raised medians, five-foot sidewalks, ADA compliant ramps, traffic signals and water and stormwater utilities.
“The project is designed to improve traffic flow and safety in the area immediately adjacent to QuikTrip and the frontage road,” Rexroat said. “During construction north and southbound traffic movements will be maintained at all times through some means of detour or temporary traffic control.”
The construction project in Willow Park is taking place at the Mikus Road and I-20 intersection and is being done by TxDOT with hopes to alleviate the concerns of residents who travel through WP on the way home to neighboring communities, according to the city of WP.
The $4 million project will add new turnarounds under I-20 and reconstruct the intersection to improve traffic flow.
“Like any construction project, we understand that short-term pain produces long-term gains,” WP City Manager Bryan Grimes said. “We believe the ‘Texas Turnaround’ will increase mobility for our residents and we are encouraged that TxDOT is undertaking this project. We look forward to assisting them any way we can to minimize our residents’ inconvenience.”
According to the the city, controls have now been put in place during peak evening rush hours to help lessen time spent waiting at the signals on the north and south sides of the interstate.
“Motorists traveling to Annetta, Annetta South and Annetta North can use [Farm-to-Market Road] 1187 South to either Old Annetta Road or FM 5, then travel west to their destination,” according to a release from the city of WP. “Motorists needing access to areas north of the interstate can travel north on Farmer Road/FM 3325 to White Settlement Road, which connects to northern points in the city and East Lake Drive, which connects to FM 730 north of Weatherford.”
Construction is also underway on Ranch House Road and is expected to be complete in March. Ranch House Road will then be open to use as an alternate route from the Mikus Road construction, which is expected to be complete in the fall.
TxDOT’s Public Information Officer Bethany Kurtz said the project is an important component of a larger, long-term effort to manage increasing traffic volumes.
“Conversion to one-way frontage roads, the addition of turnaround lanes and permanent traffic signals are additional improvement that together, allow us to incrementally address congestion in this corridor,” Kurtz said. “This project is timely as Parker County is one of the fastest growing counties in Texas. The improvements currently underway, as well as those completed along the I-20 corridor over the past few years, allow the department to provide a safe, reliable and integrated transportation system that enables the movement of people and goods.”