Public Works

Collins Road Improvements

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

A 2018 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

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

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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