Preston Road Construction Will Last Into April

Don’t expect Preston Road traffic conditions in Highland Park to improve until near Easter.

The Preston Road Phase II reconstruction project was already anticipated to continue into spring before recent weather combined with complications involving replacement of a 12-inch Dallas Water Utilities’ line put the work about a month behind, town leaders said.

“These challenges are mostly due to the age of the existing infrastructure,” assistant director of town services Kathleen Stewart said in an email.

The town’s contractor, Ragle Inc. of Euless, and Dallas are working to resolve the challenges, and Ragle will attempt to make up some of the lost time, she said.

The new timeline for the project shows work continuing into April 2019.

Dallas and Highland Park agreed this summer to have a single contractor handle the town’s roadwork and the city’s waterline replacement at the same time. Total costs: $4.2 million – $2.8 million for the town, $1.4 million for the city.

The pavement replacement covers Preston Road from Beverly Drive north to St. Andrews Drive, and is requiring lane closures and a 20-mile-per-hour speed limit to promote safety. Phase I, covering south of Beverly, was completed in 2017.

Dallas’ waterline replacement runs from Armstrong Parkway to Beverly.

William Taylor

William Taylor, editor of Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People, shares a name and a birthday with his dad and a love for community journalism with his colleagues at People Newspapers. He joined the staff in 2016 after more than 25 years working for daily newspapers in such places as Alexandria, Louisiana; Baton Rouge; McKinney; San Angelo; and Sherman, though not in anywhere near that order. A city manager once told him that “city government is the best government” because of its potential to improve the lives of its residents. William still enjoys covering municipal government and many other topics. Follow him on Twitter @Seminarydropout. He apologizes in advance to the Joneses for any angry Tweets that might slip out about the Dallas Cowboys during the NFL season. You also can reach him at [email protected]. For the latest news, click here to sign up for our newsletter.

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