from multi-city bike trail to new roadways

Mesquite and the Texas Department of Transportation are working on several projects around the city, including roads, water pipelines, underground storage tanks and landscaping.

Here are the latest updates from the city on these projects.

Mesquite Heritage Trail

Project Description: The Mesquite Heritage Trail, which connects to a larger bikeway between Garland and Richardson, is undergoing construction to extend the current hike, bike and running path.

Status: Design is 100% complete. The city, county and Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) are reviewing the trail’s crossing under US-80. The crossing will be funded by city of Mesquite and constructed by TxDOT after US-80 is completed.

Anticipated completion date: 2024

Reconstruction of US-80 from Town East Boulevard to Belt Line Road

Project Description: This project includes the reconstruction of the interchange with IH-635 and improvements on IH-635 between Town Centre Drive and US-80. The project will reconstruct and widen the freeway and improve interchanges with city streets, including Gus Thomasson, Galloway and Belt Line roads.

Status: 60% of the design is complete.

Anticipated completion date: Unavailable

Military Parkway Trail

Project Description: The 1.7 mile trail construction project will connect the downtown area from Galloway Avenue to the Mesquite Championship Rodeo. It includes a 10-foot to 12-foot-wide trail that will run along the south side of Military from Galloway to Rodeo Center, where it will then turn north to connect to the existing sidewalk at Rodeo Drive. The project is led and partially funded by Dallas County.

Status: Design is 100% complete.

Anticipated completion date: June 2022

Matthew Holzapfel Pump Station in Kaufman County

Project Description: Design and build a potable water pump station and associated ground storage tanks in Kaufman County to supply land within Mesquite and selected unincorporated land with potable water from the city system.

Status: The construction contract has been awarded and excavation has begun on site. Within the next month, complete excavation of the reservoir site is expected to be complete.

Anticipated completion date: Unavailable

Construction on the Mesquite-Garland-Richardson Bikeway Connectors project  is currently underway in Garland and is slated to begin in Mesquite late summer 2021.

IH-635/LBJ East

Project Description: TxDOT is reconstructing a segment of I-635, from U.S. 75 to I-30. The reconstruction will provide five main lanes and two managed lanes in both directions, continual frontage roads starting at Town East Boulevard and full reconstruction of the I-30/I-635 interchange.

For more comprehensive information about the I-635 LBJ East Project, visit TxDOT’s webpage here and Mesquite’s project explainer brochure here.

Status: The project is under construction and is 10% complete. The project has daytime and nighttime road closures. For more information about road closures or to subscribe to updates, click here.

Anticipated completion date: 2024

Gus Thomasson Road Rehabilitation Project

Project Description: Segments of Gus Thomasson Road will be repaired using an asphalt overlay, from IH-30 to Whitson Way and Santiago Drive to Maylee Boulevard. The existing asphalt surface will be replaced with a new one. Prior to the replacing the pavement, several spots will undergo full-depth repair to correct areas where the ground below the pavement has failed.

Status: The project is under construction and is 5% complete. In the next couple months, the contractor will complete the concrete pavement removal and replacement. Once the concrete replacement is complete, new asphalt will be placed over the entire pavement to create a smooth riding surface.

Anticipated completion date: Unavailable

Town East Boulevard Phase 2 (U.S. 80 to Skyline Drive) Reconstruction Project

Project Description: The existing six-lane road will be reconstructed as a four-lane road from Skyline Drive to Forney Road and the section from Forney Road to U.S. 80 will be reconstructed as a six-lane section. The newly paved roadway will have thick concrete pavement sections to support the large volume of heavy truck traffic. This project will also include improvements to underground utilities and drainage. The four-lane section south of Forney Road will be shifted to reduce the impacts of the industrial traffic on residents living in the nearby neighborhood. This shift will also allow for the addition of a walking and biking trail and an eight-foot screening wall for the nearby neighborhood.

Status: Construction is 40% complete, which includes Phase 1 utility and storm sewer work.

Anticipated completion date: December 2021

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