Public Works

Collins Road Improvements

Collins Road carries 25,000 – 30,000 vehicles a day and is the city’s busiest corridor. 

A 2018-2019 project supports the goal of adding significant capacity improvements to relieve congestion and make it easier for people to get in and out of both the Lindale Mall and Collins Crossing shopping centers. The addition of sidewalks will also provide much-needed safety improvements for pedestrians.

PROJECT DETAILS:

Area: Collins Road NE, from just east of Northland Avenue to Twixt Town Road

Years of Construction: Spring 2018 – 2019 
Construction cost: $7.4 million, City-funded portion of the project is 24%
Improvements:

  • Additional travel lanes on Collins Road
  • Additional turn lanes at the Lindale Mall / Collins Crossing intersections
  • New sidewalk on both sides of Collins Road
  • New traffic signals with pedestrian indications/push buttons
  • Stormwater management treatment
  • Frontage road north of Collins Road will be removed to accommodate the additional travel lanes on Collins Road

Summary of 2019 Work
While last year focused primarily on the underground utilities, traffic signals, and removing the frontage road, this year will see the bulk of the pavement work take place on Collins Road, as the City adds an additional eastbound travel lane and a left turn lane at the Collins Crossing exit. Collins Road will remain open during the construction project, but lane reductions will be in effect during the course of the summer. Business access will remain open at all times. The project will be completed this fall. 

Future Initiative
Planning is still underway to add capacity improvements on Collins Road, from Northland Avenue to Center Point Road. 

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Project Updates

April 25, 2019
Lane reductions are in effect for both westbound and eastbound traffic between Twixt Town Road and Northland Avenue. Traffic is currently reduced to one lane in/one lane out in both directions at the Lindale Mall/Collins Crossing shopping entrances. These restrictions will be in place for approximately the next 6 – 8 weeks, depending on weather.

Starting on Monday, April 29, and lasting approximately 8 – 10 days, the Twixt Town Road intersection will be right-in/right-out only for traffic exiting or entering at this location. Traffic traveling eastbound on Collins Road will not be able to turn left onto Twixt Town Road. Traffic traveling westbound on Collins Road between 1st Avenue and Twixt Town will not be able to turn left at Twixt Town. Traffic will be right-out only for those exiting Twixt Town from either the north or the south. Business access remains open; alternate access includes the Marion Blvd/Twixt Town Road intersection.


April 22, 2019
Traffic control has shifted on the Collins Road project. Westbound traffic will now use the new pavement between Twixt Town Road and Lindale Drive.

Below is a summary of the new traffic pattern:

  • Two westbound travel lanes between 1st Avenue and Twixt Town Rd.
  • Two travel lanes between Twixt Town Rd and the Lindale Mall/Collins Crossing entrance (a left-turn lane, and a straight/right-turn lane) 
  • Two lanes remain open for eastbound traffic.

This traffic pattern will continue throughout the next month.

Shopping Center Entrances
Work will also take place at both the north and south shopping entrances at Lindale Mall/Collins Crossing.
Starting Wednesday, April 24: Traffic will be reduced to one lane in and one lane out for both directions. These restrictions will be in place for approximately the next 6 - 8 weeks (depending on weather).


April 16, 2019
Crews continue to place new pavement on Collins Road, between Twixt Town and Collins Crossing, as well as at the west end of the project to connect to existing pavement.

The contractor is also placing sod and sidewalk in several areas along the north side of Collins Road.

Westbound traffic will shift onto the new pavement possibly next week, weather depending, so that construction can continue in other locations.


April 9
Construction work continues to progress on Collins Rd. Contractors have begun putting down new pavement on the westbound travel lanes between Twixt Town Rd and the Collins Crossing entrance, and continuing west. Work also continues on new sidewalks and curbs.

All travel lanes are now restored at the Twixt Town Road entrance/exit.

Future Work: Westbound traffic will shift onto the new pavement while the construction activity moves to the center of Collins Road.

The project is moving forward as anticipated.


April 4, 2019

Construction continues to move forward on Collins Rd. The current phase includes a westbound lane reduction between Twixt Town Road and Northland Avenue while new pavement is placed on Collins Road and at the Twixt Town Rd intersection. While lane restrictions will be in effect the next few weeks, the Twixt Town entrance remains open to both inbound and outbound traffic.

Also starting this week, contractors will be placing segments of sidewalks on both sides of Collins Road, where none existed previously.

This year includes a lot of pavement work, which will require several different traffic control stages in order to be completed. We will continue to send out updates and public notification on what you can anticipate. As always, we will work to ensure businesses are accessible during each stage of the project.


March 29, 2019
Starting Monday, April 1, one westbound travel lane on Collins Road will be closed between Twixt Town Road and Northland Avenue.

Starting on Tuesday, April 2, the Twixt Town Road entrance at Collins Road will have one lane open in each direction. Motorists will be able to both enter and exit the shopping center via Twixt Town Road. There was previously a southbound lane closure.


March 22, 2019

Construction is tentatively scheduled to resume on the Collins Road project on Monday, March 25. For the first several weeks, work will take place primarily at the Twixt Town Road entrance. Motorists will be able to use Twixt Town Road to enter the shopping center off Collins Road (heading north), but Twixt Town Road will be closed to southbound traffic exiting the shopping center heading back to Collins Road. One westbound lane on Collins Road will also be closed at the Twixt Town entrance starting on Monday. Collins Road will remain open during the construction project, but lane reductions will be in effect during the course of the summer. Business access will remain open at all times. 

While last year focused primarily on the underground utilities, traffic signals, and removing the frontage road, this year will see the bulk of the pavement work take place on Collins Road, as the City adds an additional eastbound travel lane and a left turn lane at the Collins Crossing exit. The full project stretches from just east of Northland Avenue to Twixt Town Road, and began in 2018. The project will be completed this construction season.


November 29, 2018
The contractor has substantially completed the pavement work for this year on Collins Road, and has entered into the winter shutdown mode. They were successful in completing and opening additional travel lanes at Collins Crossing than what was outlined in their contract, which will make the holiday shopping season more convenient. The Twixt Town entrance is complete, and there are two entrance lanes and two exit lanes available at Collins Crossing. While this construction season focused primarily on the utilities, traffic signals, and removing the frontage road, next summer will see the bulk of the pavement work take place on Collins Road as we add an additional eastbound travel lane. The contractor will also add a left turn lane at the Collins Crossing exit. 


November 6, 2018
Twixt Town Road is now fully open to traffic; permanent signage will be installed this week. The contractor is working hard to open additional travel lanes on Lindale Mall/Collins Crossing, beyond what was outlined in the project contract. They have currently completed what was outlined in the plans, and will keep working over the next two weeks until mother nature forces them to stop for the winter.


October 23, 2018
Construction work on Collins Rd continues to progress as we approach the winter "shutdown" phase. During the next week, crews will be working at Twixt Town Rd to finish the remaining pavement, brick median, and pavement markings. We anticipate fully opening Twixt Town Rd by early next week.

Crews will also continue to place pavement at Collins Crossing over the next few weeks, starting on the Lindale Mall side and progressing to the north side of Collins Rd. We are still on track to open all lanes by early November.


September 25, 2018 
Travel lanes on Collins Road will remain open for the remainder of the year. Moving forward, work will concentrate on Twixt Town Road and Collins Crossing. Weather pending, look for additional pavement to be placed at Twixt Town Rd over the next two weeks and some additional pavement may be placed at the Collins Crossing entrance as well.  
 
Temporary lane closures may be required as crews pour the new pavement surface. Crews anticipate having additional lane capacity available at both the Lindale Mall and Collins Crossing entrance in time for the holiday shopping season. 

July 18, 2018
Improvements continue to move forward on Collins Road NE. Travel lanes in both directions have recently been re-opened. Future closures/lane reductions include:
  • Full closure starting Wednesday, July 25 at 9 PM and lasting until Thursday, July 26 at 6 AM
  • Full closure starting Thursday, July 26 at 9 PM and lasting until Friday, July 27 at 6 AM
  • Westbound traffic lane reduction on Thursday, July 26

These impacts will occur between Northland Drive and Twixt Town Road. 

Following these closures/reductions, travel lanes will be fully open the remainder of the construction season. Crews continue to work on utilities in the public right of way. Work this construction season will continue until this fall.


May 29, 2018
Collins Road will be fully closed during overnight hours on Wednesday and Thursday (May 30 and May 31) to allow for the installation of new storm sewer. 

Closure Times:

  • Wednesday, May 30 at 9 PM to Thursday, May 31 at 6 AM
  • Thursday, May 31 at 9 PM to Friday, June 1 at 6 AM
The closure area is between Northland Avenue and Lindale Drive NE. 

April 23, 2018
Collins Road will be fully closed during overnight hours on Wednesday and Thursday (April 25 and April 26) to allow for the installation of new sanitary sewer and water main across the road. The closure area is between Twixt Town Road and Lindale Drive (Collins Crossing). Twixt Town Road will remain open during the closures. 

Closure Times: 

  • Wednesday, April 25 at 9 PM to Thursday, April 26 at 6 AM
  • Thursday, April 26 at 9 PM to Friday, April 27 at 6 AM

April 3, 2018
Work is currently underway on the Collins Road project. Later this week, weather permitting, the contractor will begin median work between Twixt Town Road and just east of Northland Avenue. Travel will be reduced to one lane in each direction during this phase, which will last approximately three weeks.

The project started early March with utility work and removal of the frontage road north of Collins Road. Work the next few weeks will include temporarily removing the medians to allow traffic to shift during construction. Medians will be re-installed before the project is completed.


PROJECT RENDERING:

Collins Road Strip Map

EXISTING CONDITIONS:

Map of existing conditions on Collins Rd

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