Glade Road project spurs growing controversy in Colleyville

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on May 15, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Updated Friday, May 16 at 12:55 AM

COLLEYVILLE -- The City of Colleyville is proposing a project that could last up to 10 years and cost more than $20 million for a stretch of road about five miles long.

Plans to revamp Glade Road from Highway 121 past Highway 26 have been in the works since last year. But a recent Facebook page and the distribution of hundreds of signs opposing the project have brought the issue to the forefront.

"I'm just shocked this is happening here," said Elizabeth Zeitlin.

Her family's property will lose at least two huge trees, and have their front landscaping changed, if the city follows through with one of the proposed plans.

"It's ridiculous," she said. "We all know there is a traffic problem, but a 10-foot 'trail' isn't the answer."

The city has yet to decide on a final design for the project.  A city council vote is expected this summer after a final proposal is presented at the June 17 meeting.

A city website focused on the project explains the need to add turn lanes and some roundabouts along the road to help improve traffic flow.

Councilman-elect Chris Putnam says he think most homeowners will ultimately get behind those changes.

"The problem intersections need to be addressed," he said.

But Putnam says plans for a bike "trail" that would extend at least 10 feet into proprieties on the north side of the road are far too invasive.

"There absolutely has been talk about forced property sales, eminent domain," he said.

Estimates vary, but more than 200 trees that line the road could be chopped down in order to make room for the "trail."

The city has told residents they would plant new trees. 

There have also been two public meetings on the project. Another one will be scheduled before any council vote.

In 2012, a study of the road outlined a need for traffic and safety improvements, according to the project website.

News 8 reached out to the city Thursday afternoon but was told it was unlikely anyone would be available on short notice to comment. 

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