WP talks Ranch House Road construction

From left, Project Manager Ryan Looney, Willow Park Engineer Derek Turner and Willow Park Assistant City Manager Bernie Parker discussed the upcoming road reconstruction project on Ranch House Road on Monday evening at city hall. The construction is between Fox Hunt Trail and Scenic Trail. 

Ranch House Road from Fox Hunt Trail to Scenic Trail in Willow Park will undergo repaving starting next week.

City of Willow Park hosted a town hall about the reconstruction of Ranch House Road on Monday evening at city hall. Project Manager Ryan Looney, Willow Park Engineer Derek Turner and Willow Park Assistant City Manager Bernie Parker discussed project time frames, construction schedules and a traffic control plan with residents.

“As any other construction project, there’s no easy way of doing anything, especially when you’re dealing with road construction,” Parker said. “It will be somewhat doable and hopefully tolerable, but I look for this to be a quick project.”

The section of Ranch House Road will be closed to thru-traffic, though residents will have access to their property, Turner said.

“These guys will have flagmen in the field, as I mentioned, and signage and people around watching,” Turner said. “We will have someone on-site daily when construction is going on.”

To maintain access, the plan is to work on one side at a time, Turner said.

The roadway will be a foot wider on each side than it is now after the project is complete, Turner said. Driveways will also be replaced, and the road grade will change. 

“It’ll be concrete paving with the ditch, just like it is now,” Turner said. “The ditch will be changed a little bit in some places. Most places will be minimal. We’ll just be grading it out and trying to maintain what’s there, making sure it drains well and that kind of thing.” 

The Fox Hunt Trail intersection of Ranch House Road will be open and motorists can take the detour using El Chico Trail, Turner said. From the south, drivers can use the Scenic Trail intersection and use El Chico Trail. The Stagecoach Trail intersection will also be open throughout the project.

Work is expected to begin next Monday, Turner said. Message boards with construction schedule information are planned to be set up at both ends of Ranch House Road. The project is expected to be completed by December with paving work done by Thanksgiving.

Trash, mail and school bus services are expected to continue as normal, Turner said, though mailboxes may have to be moved temporarily.

“We will put out flyers, we’ll knock on doors, all of that kind of thing, when those things start coming up and try to keep you guys informed well ahead of time of what’s coming,” Turner said.

Ranch House Road resident Shawn Morrow attended the town hall and asked several questions about the project. 

“I’m excited, happy,” Morrow said. “I don’t have any concerns. Sounds like they’ve got it worked out.”