Thursday, July 9, 2020

Traffic Signal Timing Study Could Help Ease 1709 Traffic Congestion

Median Enhancements are one component of the Southlake Blvd. Improvements Project, currently ongoing, and projected to be complete in FY 2012.

Following the completion of the Southlake Boulevard median project, the City will move forward with a traffic signal timing study of FM 1709.  Kimley-Horn & Associates will develop new signal timing plans and assist with the implementation and fine tuning of the traffic signals at all of the lighted intersections along Southlake Boulevard.

With the addition of raised medians and deceleration lanes along FM 1709 from Pearson Lane to Commerce Street/Gateway Drive, U-turn and left turn volumes will increase.  The last time the signals were re-timed was in 2008, well before the start of the median project.

The study is anticipated to begin in late August once school has returned to a normal attendance schedule. Once complete, the results will be submitted to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) for review and implementation.

“As a state highway, TxDOT must ultimately make the final decision regarding the timing of the lights,” said Public Works director Bob Price.

The Southlake median project has been underway since November of 2010.  When complete it will make  FM 1709 a six lane divided road from SH 114 to US HWY 377 in Keller.

“Drivers have told us, sometimes from their mobile phones, how frustrated they are with some of the signal timings on Southlake Blvd,” said Price. “At the request of the City Council, the Public Works Department budgeted for the study so that TXDOT would have the latest information regarding this newly changed roadway.”

The intersections from west to east are as follows: Pearson Lane, Davis Boulevard/Randol Mill Road, Peytonville Avenue, Southridge Lakes Parkway/Waterford Drive, Shady Oaks Drive, White Chapel Boulevard, Byron Nelson Parkway/Diamond Boulevard, Carroll Avenue, Central Avenue, Village
Center Drive, Kimball Avenue, Nolen Drive, and Commerce Street/Gateway Drive.

For more information, please contact the Public Works Department at (817) 748-8098.