HARKER HEIGHTS — Deciding on how to spend the city’s money was the topic of discussion during a City Council workshop meeting Tuesday.
Council members discussed several presentations on roadwork projects on Farm-to-Market 2410 and U.S. Highway 190, and FM 2410 and FM 3481 from Mark Hyde, public works director.
The first project Hyde presented to the council was the full-length FM 2410-widening project, which would entail constructing five lanes on FM 2410 from Commercial Drive to Roy Reynolds Drive.
Hyde said the city could utilize the full Category 7 funds of $574,663 that it was awarded and the Texas Department of Transportation would pitch in $368,235 toward the project. To fully fund the project, the city would have to pay $1.5 million, $500,000 more than the council had budgeted.
Hyde also presented a reduced-length option for the widening project, in which the city would construct five lanes on FM 2410 from Commercial Drive to Ann Boulevard with a turn lane at Highland Oaks Drive. The total cost of this option is $3.6 million versus $5.7 million for the full-scale version.
“We don’t have to do both projects at the same time,” said City Manager Steve Carpenter. “We can do one now and the other sometime down the road.”
Mayor Mike Aycock voiced some concerns about the homes on Ann Boulevard and Roy Reynolds Drive opening up to a five-lane road and asked Hyde if the project could be scaled down to three lanes.
Carpenter said that would require TxDOT approval and, the state agency has been very adamant about its position of putting in five lanes.
Hyde’s final presentation to the council was the FM 3481 left-turn project, which entails putting in a left-turn lane from south of Prospector Trail to FM 2410 and widening Verna Lee Boulevard from Pinewood Drive to FM 2410, relocating signal lights at the intersection and installing lights at the intersection of Prospector Trail and FM 3481.
The council tabled the discussion until a later date.