The City of Midlothian is actively preparing South Walnut Grove Road for future improvements to the roadway.
Rehabilitation to South Walnut Grove began Monday as construction crews dug out the old asphalt from the roadway. Mike Adams, executive director of engineering and utilities, said the city is doing regular maintenance and will put new pavement down on the road once they remove the previous layer.
Adams said funds for the rehabilitation project are from the City of Midlothian Public Works Department and are part of the current year’s budget, which runs through Sept. 30.
However, that’s not all the improvements planned for South Walnut Grove. Residents approved a $22.2 million bond proposition in the fall of 2017 that will construct two concrete lanes with curb, gutter and a storm drainage system on the road.
“The rehab is going on now," Adams said. "That’s going to hopefully tide us over until we get those new lanes built."
According to a previously published Mirror article, the project will utilize the current grass median as it moves four lanes of the main highway next to each other. The proposition will also construct a bridge so that Walnut Grove can continue under the highway overpass.
“We’re trying to get four lanes as part of the project by doing two concrete and possibly leaving the two asphalt in place,” Adams said. “The actual bond itself was set up for two-lane concrete.”
The proposition also funds street improvements for the future intersection of Hayes and Mockingbird Lane at F.M. 1387, McAlpin Road at the junction of FM 663 and two additional lanes on South 14th Street. Adams said the capital improvement project is in early design stages and is not expected to begin until either 2019 or 2020.
The Texas Department of Transportation has simultaneously planned a grade separation project that runs from U.S. Highway 287 and Walnut Grove, which is going out to bid next summer, Adams said.
“It’ll transition back down to the initial lanes that are there.”
Adams said the current rehabilitation would last two to three weeks, depending on the weather.
David Dunn, @DavidDunnInTX