Council recently approved an Interlocal Agreement with Tarrant County for the joint resurfacing of Continental Boulevard after a Pavement Management Assessment was conducted by Data Transfer Solutions (DTS) in March of 2018. The assessment noted that the pavement quality along the road has experienced extensive wear and tear.
The partnership agreement consists of resurfacing the pavement. The resurfacing area is located at 600 feet east of Byron Nelson Parkway and 378 feet east of Crooked Lane.
As part of this partnership, Tarrant County will provide labor, heavy equipment to repave the roadway and go half on fuel expenses. The City will mill the roadway and make any necessary subgrade repairs, manage all traffic control and be responsible for striping.
In the past, the City has partnered with Tarrant County on multiple projects and has found it to be quite beneficial when executing developments. With the workload and costs being divided, the City can save money and time for making repairs.
Director of Public Works, Rob Cohen explains why this annual partnership is valuable. “There are two specific reasons; the first is a cost share in that there is a savings by working with the County. Secondly, this effort is the continuation of a longstanding partnership that promotes cooperation and collaboration with regional partners. This is just one program of several that focuses on regional vice local solutions to improve roadway condition, which in turn, improves mobility within the City,” said Cohen.
The budget for this project is $300,000 and, is available in the FY 2019 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget. Not only is this partnership a cost savings solutions to the City, but it also helps implement the City’s strategic plans to improve mobility and reach CIP goals.
“The Interlocal Agreement is just one method of reaching our CIP goals,” stated Cohen, “The partnership, specifically, meets our goals aimed at leveraging resources (monetary, manpower, equipment, etc) to obtain cooperative solutions. Another goal is the timely execution of funds allocated within the budget, he continues, “and finally, this effort is aimed at improving mobility, which we know is the primary concern of our residents based on past citizen satisfaction surveys.”
To avoid having an impact on school traffic and to minimize the impact on commuters, this project is scheduled for Summer 2019.