Closure of part of Taft Boulevard for construction


From Monday, people living along the southernmost stretch of Taft Boulevard will have to find new driving routes.

Work will then begin on the Taft Boulevard street improvement project. The project will consist of the demolition of the existing roadway, which will be widened to 36 feet, according to a press release from the city. New utility drainage structures, new piping, new curbs, new gutters and sidewalks on the south side of the roadway will be installed.

Construction will take place in five phases and is expected to last approximately 18 months. During the life of the project, Taft Boulevard will be closed to through traffic, but owners who live on Taft will have access to their property.

Wichita Falls city councilors awarded the contract for the Taft Boulevard improvement project to Scales Concrete Construction Co., Inc., a local company, for $ 5,566,124. Taft’s expansion was approved by voters in 2018 as part of a street bond issue.

Mayor Stephen Santellana conceded at the time that the city would take some criticism as construction will be in a residential area.

“It will be one of those projects that you almost dread as a city councilor because you know it will have a negative impact on the public,” Santellana said.

The press release indicates that all affected owners have been informed by letter. In addition, the public works department and the contractor will organize a neighborhood meeting for the affected owners. The statement did not specify when or where this meeting will take place.

For more information or questions, contact the City of Wichita Falls Engineering Division at 940-761-7477.

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