Wintergreen Road Project Reflects Successful Regional Partnerships
The Wintergreen Road Project, the product of a partnership between Dallas County, the Cities of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Dallas Water Utilities, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), has produced major infrastructure upgrades that will improve road safety and transportation efficiency, satisfy flood plain control safety requirements, and deliver major water service improvements that are projected to accommodate the demands of a fast-growing portion of South Dallas County for up to 50 years.
On Wednesday, April 27th, leaders from Cedar Hill, DeSoto, and Duncanville joined Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and other Dallas County officials, and key representatives from Dallas Water Utilities and NCTCOG for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1500 N. Duncanville Road to mark the completion of this $10 million + multi-city infrastructure project.
“The Wintergreen Road Project’s successful completion is further evidence of how collaboration between the Best Southwest Partnership, of which the City of Duncanville is a proud member, and Dallas County can positively impact the lives of citizens. Beyond the upgraded driving surface and other needed improvements, our city’s residents can now enjoy wider sidewalks and bike lanes along this road,” said Duncanville’s Mayor Barry L. Gordon.
Specifically, this project improved Wintergreen Road at its intersections with Duncanville Road and with Main Street by constructing four new traffic lanes, building a new bridge over Stewart Branch Creek, and improving box culverts on Duncanville Road to allow for required storm drainage and FEMA and local flood plain compliance. A new traffic signal has been installed at the Main Street intersection to promote motorist and pedestrian safety. And more than 1300 linear feet of 96-inch Water Main pipes were installed by Dallas Water Utilities to meet the projected water needs of South Dallas County for the next 50 years.
Wintergreen Road and Duncanville Road are critical parts of the Master Thoroughfare Plans from the Cities of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, and Duncanville and these improvements will enhance mobility within all three cities. The project also widened sidewalks, added bike lanes in both directions along Duncanville Road, constructed a trail along the west side of Duncanville Road, and made parking improvements for the Windmill Hill Preserve.
Wintergreen Road Project limits are from Main Street and Wintergreen Road intersection to 1300 feet east and from the intersection to 900 feet south on Duncanville Road.
“The Wintergreen Road project is just one example of the great things the Best Southwest cities accomplish as we work closely together with our partners,” said Cedar Hill Mayor Stephen Mason. “This project is a huge investment in safe and efficient traffic flow at the intersection of three different cities. We appreciate Dallas County’s support for this and other important infrastructure improvements in the region.”
The involvement of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price reinforced this strong regional partnership and Commissioner Price made sure to acknowledge the key role that the contractor played in this massive infrastructure project. Said Commissioner Price, “Texas Standard Construction, LTD has been a trusted partner for collaborating and producing the project.”
The Wintergreen Road Project was engineered by Dal-Tech and contractor Texas Standard Construction began construction in August 2019. It was initially projected to be completed by the summer of 2021, however, multiple factors including manpower and supply shortages tied to the Coronavirus Pandemic resulted in a revised construction schedule. But all of the entities involved persevered to ensure that this vital project was completed.
“The Cities of DeSoto, Cedar Hill, and Duncanville routinely partner with each other because we understand the importance of working together and leveraging our combined resources so that we can accomplish more in our cities and our region,” stated DeSoto Mayor Rachel L. Proctor in a statement delivered on her behalf by DeSoto City Councilmember Crystal Chism. Proctor’s statement added, “The Wintergreen Road project could not have succeeded had it not been for the incredibly high level of cooperation and communication that took place from the planning phase through our ribbon cutting between our partner cities, Dallas County, City of Dallas Water Utilities, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments. DeSoto is proud of what we accomplished and to be a part of this great team!”
For a summary of the main elements of the Wintergreen Road Project view the project fact sheet at https://bit.ly/3EGwGra