Councilmembers Ray Lopez, District 6, and Rey Saldaña, District 4, today cut the ribbon on a 1.2 mile stretch of Hunt Lane that recently finished construction. They were joined by Transportation & Capital Improvements staff and community members who celebrated the widened and reconstructed roadway.
“Finishing Hunt Lane has been a long time coming and something our residents deserve,” said District 6 Councilman Ray Lopez. “This project is a perfect example of the elected officials and city government working together for our residents.”
Hunt Lane from Potranco to Ingram was widened to four lanes using concrete pavement instead of asphalt, resulting in $200,000 in savings. Roadway users are also enjoying new sidewalks, curbs and driveways. In addition, the project included any necessary drainage and traffic signal improvements.
“I’m excited for the residents of District 4 who now have a roadway that meets their needs,” said District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña. “Our side of town is growing and will only continue to grow so this is a much needed and much appreciated improvement.”
A shared use path on the east side of the roadway also benefits nearby NISD schools. New overhead school zone flashing lights and new crosswalks are an added safety measure for students. Additionally, the extension of Heritage Farm Road to Hunt Lane now serves as a second entrance/exit for community members.
The project was delayed in December 2012 when the original contractor defaulted. Once the bonding company stepped in with a new contractor, the project resumed construction. No additional costs were paid by City taxpayers.
“Even though we suffered a setback with contractor default, I’m proud of what we were able to accomplish with this project,” said Mike Frisbie, City Engineer and Director of Transportation & Capital Improvements. “We worked closely with the bonding company and our new contractor to finish this project quickly and to our standards.”
The Hunt Lane project was managed by Transportation & Capital Improvements. It was designed by Tedsi Infrastructure Group. Construction was completed by J3. $9.9 million in funding was allocated from the 2007 Bond Program.