Tarrant County Commissioners Court redirects money from one Grapevine road project to another


The Town of Grapevine is planning, in partnership with DFW International Airport, to expand two routes near the DFW connector and the airport. (Courtesy of Fotolia)

The Tarrant County Commissioners Court voted on Sept. 28 to reallocate $ 2 million of 2006 county transportation bail funds from one road project within Grapevine to another.

After a 3-1 vote, that $ 2 million will now be available for the Town of Grapevine to be used in conjunction with DFW International Airport to extend Kimball Avenue and Ernest Dean Parkway from SH 26 South to Mustang Drive to the highway. facade SH 121 in a southerly direction.

The court had originally allocated $ 1.1 million for the Grapevine Bass Pro Drive expansion project as part of the 2006 bond program. This amount later became $ 3 million when an additional $ 1, $ 9 million was reallocated to him in 2011 from a project on SH 26, according to Tarrant County documents.

This money was ultimately not needed, as the reconstruction and widening of Bass Pro Drive was ultimately carried out by the Texas Department of Transportation. This work was part of the work on the SH 121 / I-635 interchange as part of the DFW Connector project.

In June, the mayor of Grapevine, William D. Tate, wrote a letter to the court asking that the city be allowed to reallocate $ 2 million of the $ 3 million to planned extensions, which are located near the DFW connector as well as of the airport.

Grapevine will match the reallocated $ 2 million, as was part of the initial parameters of the bond program, and the combined $ 4 million will be matched with funds for a collaboration with the city and the airport to design and build the roads. . Documents submitted to the tribunal suggest that the total cost of the project will be around $ 11.3 million.

The vote came after some clarification within the five-member tribunal, with Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks voting against and Commissioner JD Johnson abstaining.

Under the court’s 2006 bond program policy, excess funds that were not needed would generally be split evenly among the five court members, going into their respective discretionary pots for transportation projects. Instead, the $ 1 million left over from the original $ 3 million will be split evenly among the courts.

“This is a project that we’ve been working on for over a year in a way to try to find a solution,” said Commissioner Gary Fickes, in enclosure 3 of the project. “It seems like the best way to do it. ”

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