Taft Boulevard Street Improvement Project to start July 26
WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - The Taft Boulevard Street Improvement Project is set to start next Monday.
The city of Wichita Falls said the project will consist of the demolition of the existing roadway, which will be widened to 36 feet; new utility drainage structures, piping, curbs, gutters and sidewalks on the south side of the roadway will also be installed.
The construction work will be done in five phases and is expected to take about 18 months to complete.
While construction is underway, the section of Taft Blvd between Southwest Parkway and Kemp Blvd will be closed to thru traffic. City officials said homeowners will still have access to their property.
“It needs to be done,” Randy Shirley, resident on Taft, said. “There is a safety issue back there with the big vehicles coming through like the trash trucks and emergency vehicles. There are some blind turns in there where it gets skinny and at night it gets dangerous.”
Other neighbors along Taft chose not to speak on camera but expressed their concern for the project. They said by widening the road to four lanes, it will cause more wrecks. They fear for their safety because they will be closer to the road after they widen it.
A neighborhood meeting will be held for the affected homeowners, where city staff will be available to answer questions and address concerns.
City officials are also asking drivers to use caution and drive slowly in the area. Any questions should be directed to the City of Wichita Falls Engineering Division at (940) 761-7477.
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