BELTON — A delay on the relocation of utility lines pushed back the widening of North Main Street until early summer, a Texas Department of Transportation official said.
TxDOT officials hoped to begin adding new lanes to the North Belton artery in early June, but construction crews were only able to do related work such as adding storm sewer and cross drainage components while the contractor awaits the relocation of telephone poles, TxDOT spokesman Ken Roberts said.
“It’s moving kind of slow,” Roberts said. “Not nearly as quickly as the contractor or we would have liked to have seen it executed.”
About ¾ of a mile of North Main Street/Texas 317 from Lake Road to the Leon River will be widened from two to four lanes during the estimated six-month construction project.
Plans also include a raised median strip between the four future lanes — two in each direction — as part of the $3.6 million widening to ease growing congestion along the road, TxDOT officials said.
With commercial and residential development on the rise in North Belton, TxDOT projected the average traffic along North Main Street to increase from 16,000 vehicles per day three years ago to 22,500 by 2030. TxDOT officials expect the project to be completed in late spring or early summer once AT&T relocates the telephone poles, Roberts said.
“It’s been a matter of getting those things out of the way,” he said.
Some lanes on North Main Street will be closed when construction begins, likely in the spring, Roberts said.
Earlier this year, the Belton City Council awarded a bid of $362,128 for the relocation of water and wastewater infrastructure along the route, the city’s financial responsibility for the widening. Crews finished relocating the water and sewer lines for the project, Public Works Director Mike Huber said.