South Bowie project nearly complete

The road construction project at the South Bowie Drive and Interstate 20 Frontage Road intersection is 95 percent complete. The only remaining work to be done is sod placement, clean-up and traffic signal activation. 

The road construction project at South Bowie Drive is almost complete.

Weatherford embarked on this project, which starts at the South Bowie Drive and Interstate 20 Frontage Road intersection and extends 700 feet north of Cutters Crossing, earlier this year. Because of increased traffic flow, the roadway needed to be changed to four lanes instead of two with traffic signals and turn lanes in both directions at the South Bowie Drive and Cutters Crossing intersection. The project also includes curbs, gutters with raised medians, five-foot sidewalks, ADA compliant ramps, traffic signals and water and stormwater utilities.

The about $1.26 million project was funded through the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 1 and escrowed funds required as part of the QuikTrip and Cutters Crossing developments.

“The roadway is designed to meet the standards of a minor arterial — two lanes in either direction with a raised median and dedicated turns lanes onto Cutters Crossing,” Weatherford Transportation and Public Works Director Manny Palacios said. “This is a great improvement to safety and functionality.”

Weatherford Communications and Marketing Director Blake Rexroat said the project is 95 percent complete, and the only remaining work to be done is sod placement, clean-up and traffic signal activation.

“Sod will be placed within the next couple of weeks and cleanup is underway now,” Rexroat said. “The traffic signals will be placed in a flash mode on Aug. 14 and will remain in flash mode until after school starts on Aug. 22.”

Everything is supposed to be complete by the end of the month, and all lanes are open and functioning, Rexroat said. The project hasn’t had any major delays.

“While spring rains delayed some aspects of the construction process, the contractor worked to stay as close to schedule as possible with no major delays,” Rexroat said.

Palacios also said that the project progressed well.

“Projects that are constructed on roadways with active traffic are always complex and require special attention to traffic management to protect the traveling public and the workers,” Palacios said. “The project progressed well, with only a few issues that were easily corrected.”