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Posted on: April 30, 2021

HASLET CELEBRATES CONSTRUCTION OF HASLET PARKWAY WITH GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY

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Transportation leaders from across Tarrant County assembled on Thursday, April 29, 2021 to celebrate the groundbreaking of Haslet Parkway, a four-lane east-west thoroughfare that will enhance the distribution of goods while providing better mobility to residents of the area.  Haslet Parkway was planned as a gateway to facilitate effective freight movement and better quality of life for residents according to city officials.  Officials discussed the project, including the funding partnership helping to make it a reality, during the in-person celebration that was held 120 Intermodal Parkway at 9:30 a.m.  

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley, Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes, Haslet Mayor Bob Golden, and North Central Texas Council of Governments Director of Transportation Michael Morris all addressed attendees at the ceremony and discussed how the project was conceived and how it will impact mobility and reliability for Haslet and the surrounding region.  

"Yesterday's groundbreaking ceremony for the Haslet Parkway Project was the culmination of years of planning and networking to engineer and fund this urban parkway.  Haslet Parkway will facilitate east-west flow of traffic through Haslet and provide another route for truck traffic in Haslet (Intermodal Parkway-Haslet Parkway-35W).  It was a day to say thank you to all our regional and local partners who individually played critical roles in this accomplishment."  Mayor Golden thanked all of the regional partners that made this project a reality.  He also thanked the Haslet City Council, Haslet Community and Economic Development Corporation Type B Board and Haslet Economic Development Corporation Type A Board for their involvement and contributions to achieving this project for Haslet.  Those in attendance from the Haslet City Council  included Haslet Mayor Pro Tem Warren Robb, Council Member Patricia Hilborn, and Council Member Jessica Clarke.  Members of the Haslet Community and Economic Development Corporation Type B present were President Randall Garner, Vice President Kathleen Golden and Board Member John Thomas. Members of the Haslet Economic Development Corporation Type A present were Vice President Candy Letica, Board Member Jim Marcussen, and Board Member Craig Schkade.  

The roadway is part of the $64.4 million Alliance Texas/Haslet Accessibility Project, which received a $20 million Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant from the federal government in 2018.  Project funding includes engineering, right-of-way, utilities and construction.  It also includes  $23.1 million in Regional Transportation Council funds,  $20.2 million of local funds (including matches) from the City of Haslet, Tarrant County and private sector sources, and $1.1 million from the Texas Department of Transportation.

"Haslet Parkway is a prime example of what can be accomplished through regional cooperation. This was truly a team effort, beginning with the tireless work of the City of Haslet and Tarrant County, who have been terrific partners since the beginning," Michael Morris, director of transportation for the North Central Texas Council of Governments, said. "The North Central Texas Council of Governments and Regional Transportation Council were pleased to play a part in the funding of this important project, along with our valued local, state and federal partners. This new parkway will help tie the community together and ensure residents have access to jobs, whether they work in the city or across the region."

Construction on Haslet Parkway, which has been underway since fall 2020, is scheduled for completion in 2023. 

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