Last week, the contractor completed the installation of the 42” storm drain pipe east of Sunset Village Dr. for this traffic control phase and began installing the 8″ water line lowering on Bob Lee Blvd.
This week, the contractor will finish installing the water line lowering and complete the installation of the 60” storm drain pipes for this traffic control phase. They will also continue hauling off material from their staging area.
If they complete the installation of the 60” storm drain pipes, the traffic control will change on Monday. The next traffic control phase will be the closure of the left eastbound lane and with the right and middle lanes serving eastbound traffic.
A Call for Citizen Input on the Main Street Corridor Project
On February 6, 2018, the Duncanville Citizen Bond Committee
was established by City Council and charged with evaluating community needs and
making recommendations for potential capital improvement projects to be
presented to voters. The 19-member committee toured the city, conducted a town
hall, and returned in July of 2018 with recommendations
to make improvements to area parks, the Central Fire Station, Service Center,
and streets, including the Camp Wisdom Road at North Main Street intersection.
In November of 2018, a bond election was held and Proposition B, issuance of $6,600,000 in general obligation bonds for street, sidewalk, alley, and other traffic flow improvements was passed. Proposition B included the recommended improvements to East Danieldale Road between South Main Street and US 67, South Cedar Ridge Drive between Big Stone Gap and West Wheatland Road, and the intersection of North Main Street between Camp Wisdom and I-20.
Of the $6.6 million $1.5 million was budgeted for the North
Main Street at Camp Wisdom intersection pending selection for inclusion in the
Dallas County 7th Call for Projects. The North Main Street at Camp
Wisdom Road intersection project to address the railroad grade issue required a
larger investment than the bond provided.
On March 16, 2019, Dallas County invited cities to submit
applications for project proposals they could partner on to improve regional
transportation infrastructure through the Major
Capital Improvement Projects (MCIP) 7th Call for Projects. This
program is typically implemented every two to three years. The City of
Duncanville submitted the Main Street at Camp Wisdom intersection project and
the Wintergreen Road Phase II project for inclusion and funding under the 7th
Call. Approval means an investment from the County doubling the funding for
improvements to Duncanville streets.
May 21, 2019, the Duncanville City Council unanimously
approved $150,000, which was matched by Dallas County, for an engineering
study of three intersections along the Main Street Corridor. Main Street at
Camp Wisdom Road, Main Street at Davis Street, and Main Street at Center Street
were studied and
the scope of improvements defined. The engineering study examined how
improvements would positively impact traffic efficiency, pedestrian mobility,
economic vitality, and connectivity to a potential commuter rail station.
With information from the engineering study, a total of six
design options were created for the North Main Street at Camp Wisdom Road intersection
as well as other locations along the Main Street Corridor.
In October 2019, while the corridor study was being conducted, City staff contacted BNSF Railway, owner of the rail line that runs through Duncanville, to invite them to a meeting to discuss proposed changes to the Main at Camp Wisdom intersection. BNSF Railway declined to attend and rejected any proposed changes at the intersection that would encroach upon their 100-foot right-of-way. A proposed design included a hike and bike trail and a new turn lane that was inside that right-of-way.
The design options were either non-starters due to BNSF’s rejection, made only minor improvements, exceeded the Duncanville and Dallas County $3,000,000 combined budget, or were unlikely to be approved for 7th Call for Projects inclusion.
The proposed intersection improvement project that scored
highest was within the budget, met the goals, and offered a measurable
improvement to the lives of Duncanville residents is a project at the
intersection of Main Street at Center Street. The design of a roundabout is
proposed at an estimated cost of $3,071,239 that would meet both Duncanville
and 7th Call’s goals and is the likeliest to be approved by Dallas
The City of Duncanville, understanding the voters’ desire
for an improvement to the Main at Camp Wisdom intersection, is inviting
residents to review the proposed Main Street at Center Street roundabout project,
as well as the information provided, and to give feedback for the Duncanville
City Council Regular Meeting on December 1, 2020. Residents can submit their name, address, and public
comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
from now until 4:00 PM on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.
Subsequent to the approval of a design contract for the Danieldale Road Street and Subsurface Utilities Reconstruction from South Main Street to U.S. Highway 67, City Council requested Public Works staff perform a corridor study along Danieldale Road to identify the potential for bike and pedestrian facilities.
On Tuesday, February 5, 2019 the Duncanville City Council approved the issuance of $20.735M in general obligation bonds at a rate of 3.12%, which is 3/10 of a percent lower than projected, saving the City approximately $800K over the life of the bonds. The bonds were sold at a premium, allowing for the City to realize the full $21.6M in project proceeds authorized by the citizens. The bond issuance is a result of the November 2018 general election where Duncanville voters approved four bond propositions for various park, street, fire and facility projects. The low interest rate is credited to the City’s strong fiscal policies, experienced and stable city management, solid AA bond ratings and overall healthy local economy.
The rate is fixed over the life of the bond and represents a savings of approximately $40K per year as compared to projections. Funds are expected to be available in early March.
Conducted by the Dallas County Elections Department. Nine election day polling places were utilized: H Bob Daniel Sr Intermediate School, Duncanville Library, Duncanville’s First Baptist Church, Reed Middle School, Duncanville HS Performance Hall, Southwest Harvest Church, Central Elementary School, Fairmeadows Elementary School, and Northside Elementary School. Early voting was held at the Library/Community Center, 201 James Collins Blvd. – Barbara Lewis (Judge).
UNOFFICIAL CUMULATIVE RESULTS
Early Voting Total Votes %
THE ISSUANCE OF $6,600,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS FOR PARKS AND RECREATION FACILITIES
FOR: 7,000 FOR: 9,035 FOR: 74.03%
AGAINST: 2,540 AGAINST: 3,169 AGAINST: 25.97%
TOTAL 9,540 12,204 100.00%
THE ISSUANCE OF $6,600,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS FOR STREET IMPROVEMENTS INCLUDING SIDEWALK, ALLEY, AND OTHER TRAFFIC FLOW IMPROVEMENTS
FOR: 8,228 FOR: 10,539 FOR: 85.67%
AGAINST: 1,397 AGAINST: 1,763 AGAINST: 14.33%
TOTAL 9,625 12,302 100.00%
THE ISSUANCE OF $6,000,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS FOR FIRE FIGHTING FACILITIES
FOR: 8,139 FOR: 10,368 FOR: 84.51%
AGAINST: 1,475 AGAINST: 1,901 AGAINST: 15.49%
TOTAL 9,614 12,269 100.00%
THE ISSUANCE OF $2,400,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS FOR REMODELING AND RENOVATING OF EXISTING MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS