The Texas 174 median and overlay project in Burleson is on schedule, according to the Texas Department of Transportation, with contractor Austin Bridge and Road conducting traffic signal work the next several weeks.
Some lanes will be closed at night, beginning in late April, so workers can seal coat the road surface, according to a statement released this week by the city of Burleson.
In Burleson, Texas 174 is also known as Wilshire Boulevard.
Burleson Mayor Ken Shetter said Friday that improvements to the highway are “a very big deal for Burleson.”
“We have a corridor plan in place for 174, and the median and signal work they are doing right now is critical to our goals,” Shetter said. “Right now, 174 is a disaster from the standpoint of safety and [ease of travel]. When this work is finished, it will be a major improvement.”
Shetter acknowledged that the construction work has created concerns for some businesses along Texas 174 in Burleson, but said the city is working to mitigate any problems.
“Look at some of the other areas where they’ve done this kind of project — on Cooper Street in Arlington and in Bryan/College Station. [TxDOT] did a lot of in-depth economic studies with those projects, and those studies have shown that the businesses in those areas were not hurt by the road work,” Shetter said. “Yes, it can be inconvenient while the work is under way, but when it is all complete, it will be so much better for everyone.”
Shetter said the city has initiated a rewards program to help keep shoppers in the businesses along the highway during the construction and is doing “everything we can to encourage our residents to support those businesses.”
He said that problems with transportation, mobility and congestion topped the short list of complaints Burleson residents registered in a city-wide survey completed last fall.