Construction projects are continuing in the Willow Park area, including the Mikus Road project, which has been delayed, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.
Construction at the intersection started at the beginning of the year and the $4 million project will add new turnarounds under Interstate 20 and improve traffic flow.
“Design modifications have occurred on the Mikus Road project to address challenges encountered that were not included within the original scope of the project,” TxDOT Public Information Officer Bethany Kurtz said. “This includes grading issues related to the discovery of old U.S. 180 concrete paving from the 1940s, and water seepage and stability issues associated with retaining wall construction. The project has an updated estimated completion date of late spring/early summer 2020.”
Although the project is not the city’s, officials appreciate residents’ patience through the process.
“We appreciate the patience of our residents during this project that will lead to better traffic flow for our city, creating improved access to our businesses and neighborhoods,” WP Communications and Marketing Specialist Rosealee Kertok said.
Kurtz said the contractor is planning to begin asphalt paving on the westbound to eastbound turnaround lane and other improvements to the east side of the intersection sometime in November, weather permitting.
"A key goal for this project is to enhance safety and mobility in this growing, now urban area. It 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 improvements that together, allow us to address congestion in this area," 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 IH 20 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."
Another construction project includes Ranch House Road, from Fox Hunt Trail to Scenic Trail, which is being done by the city of Willow Park. The road will be a foot wider on each side and will include concrete paving. A detour remains in effect with northbound residents being able to drive through the construction area, while southbound residents will need to take the detour route on El Chico Trail.
“We are looking at a mid-December completion date according to the current schedule,” Kertok said. “Detour routes remain the same.”