Representatives with the Texas Department of Transportation say construction begun this spring on the portion of Hwy. 26 between Hwy. 114 and the Pool Road intersection remains on schedule.
Early last month, workers opened the Mustang Drive intersection back up to two lanes in each direction and began installing new driveways along the fresh pavement.
Paving between Pool and Kimball Avenue should finish up around the start of the year, spokesman Val Lopez said, and workers will then turn their attention to drainage installation between Kimball and Hwy. 114. Weather permitting, drainage improvements along the highway should be finished during the spring of 2012. Paving in that section — and intermittent lane closures — will then begin on the north end of the project as the expansion moves toward NorthGate Constructors’ work on the DFW Connector project.
Reconstruction plans for Hwy. 26 include ripping up the existing asphalt from just south of Hwy. 114 to Pool Road/Brumlow Avenue, stabilizing the subgrade and pouring concrete, expanding the highway to six lanes over the next two years.
TxDOT contractor Texas Sterling is also improving drainage along the road and installing raised medians with left-turn access points to control traffic flow and make Hwy. 26 safer for motorists.