On Wednesday, September 30, 2020 roadway striping was completed on Cummings Drive. Contractors performed modifications to existing striping, including the installation of thermo-plastic reflective striping and also repainted striping within school zones and various pedestrian crosswalks located on Cummings Drive. In accordance with regulations set forth by the Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (TMUTCD), portions of the bike path were converted from designated bike path lanes to shared bike path lanes. Changes include updated pavement markings that assist both the bicyclist and motorist on a shared bike path lane.
In 2019, the City of Bedford entered into an Interlocal agreement with the City of Euless, the City of Colleyville and Tarrant County, Texas for the design and construction of a traffic signal at the intersection of Heritage Avenue, Woodpark Lane and Cheek-Sparger Road. The project included the addition of approximately 500 linear feet of roadway, striping and signage designed to increase traffic capacity through the Heritage Avenue and Cheek-Sparger Road intersection. Traffic volume is anticipated to increase as the area develops and the new traffic signal will aide in the management of traffic flow on Cheek-Sparger Road. Permissive left turn arrows were added at the intersection of Rio Grande and Cheek-Sparger Road (east of the Heritage Avenue/Cheek-Sparger Road intersection) to prevent traffic congestion on Cheek-Sparger Road. The construction period for this project was approximately five months and the traffic signal is owned and maintained by the City of Bedford.
On August 12, 2020, an inspection of the project was performed by Kimley-Horn, with representatives from the Cities of Bedford and Euless in attendance. The contractor, Bean Electrical Inc., has been provided a list items that need to be addressed prior to final acceptance of the project. The lane expansion and traffic signal on Cheek-Sparger Road are currently fully operational.
The Public Works Street and Traffic Division completed the installation of two sidewalk ramps at the crosswalk on L. Don Dodson, between City Hall and the Community Development Building. The crosswalk includes entrance ramps, traffic signs and rectangular rapid flashing beacons to enhance traffic notifications. The beacons are activated by pedestrians and are designed to draw the attention of motorists when pedestrians are entering the crosswalk. Radio communication activates and synchronizes the warning beacons, thus eliminating the need for electrical conduit installation and hard-wired connections. The project was completed by Public Works staff on Monday, December 16, 2019.