Traffic expected during Southwest Pkwy drainage ditch project

Traffic expected during Southwest Pkwy drainage ditch project

WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - Traffic is expected on Southwest Parkway from McNeil Ave to Rhea Road after TxDot began its drainage ditch repair in that area.

Road crews will remove the median to create partial lanes for commuters so they can continue to enter their neighborhood and the businesses nearby.

Officials said it could take up to 31 weeks to finish the project.

“I’m going to pay more attention to the road that’s for sure use your blinker," Jessica Tischler drove from Henrietta to Wichita Falls, a commute she does often, said.

It is part of the drainage ditch project TxDOT started after it put cameras along the busy stretch of road to find out how to improve traffic and safety for pedestrians and drivers.

Adèle Lewis said they found a big problem was the drainage ditch that runs along Southwest Parkway.

“They’re an eyesore, they take up lanes that can be used for sidewalks and lanes of traffic, they can breed mosquitoes," Lewis said. "There’s bunch of reasons we don’t want them in our city.”

“It’s not bad right now but if it closes any more lanes than it will be a problem," Beverly Keller, who drives along Southwest Parkway daily, said. "If it’s an improvement that’s good.”

Lewis said it could finish faster than October as planned.

“If they finish anything less than 141 work days which is 28 weeks, we will give them $5,000 a day to complete this project early up to a maximum of $140,000," Lewis said.

The improvements on this stretch will cost $4.5 million.

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