The City of Burleson will soon begin work to beautify SH-174/Wilshire Boulevard corridor through the city within the medians from I-35W to John Jones Drive. A bid for trees, shrubs, groundcover plantings, hardscape improvements and a complete drip point source irrigation system was awarded in December 2020 to Green Scaping, LP after a public bid process. The city is beginning work in April to coincide with the spring planting season.
Construction is scheduled to begin the week of Monday, April 12. Motorists will see various inside lane closures over the next three months as the project is completed.
To mitigate traffic congestion, a phased construction plan will be implemented where only one median will be under construction at a time. The inside lanes near the medians are projected only to be closed from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in order to have all lanes open for peak morning and evening commutes. Electronic message boards will be placed along SH 174/Wilshire Boulevard to notify the public which sections of the road will be closed. The improvements are expected to be completed mid-Summer.
TxDOT constructed the medians along SH-174/Wilshire Boulevard in 2014. Over the past several years, the original landscaping encountered several problems, including diseased plants and damage to the irrigation system from traffic.
The project cost is $381,429.18 and is funded from the 4B Bond Fund generated by local sales tax that is remitted to the Burleson Community Services Development Corporation 4B Special Revenue Fund. This project does not affect the property tax rate in any way.