Midland's Beal Parkway Extension Opens

Three mile roadway connects Beal Park and Lancaster Park

MIDLAND, Texas (Local 2/Fox 24) - In Midland the brand new Beal Parkway officially opened after a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday morning.

The three-mile stretch which connects Beal Park and Lancaster Park gives runners and bikers a new outdoor option.

The new portion of road extends from Leisure Drive to the intersection of Illinois Avenue and Thomason Drive, which will reduce neighborhood traffic associated with new developments in a residential area.

City engineers designed the project to be pedestrian- and bike-friendly to connect portions of an existing hike/bike trail system.

"It's for all modes of transportation, and the sidewalk obviously is very critical for pedestrians," said City Engineer Matt Carr Tuesday.  "We want to continue to look at this on all our future roads that  there is going to be a bike component."

Midland Councilman of  J. Ross Lacy said this project is a good step to improve the quality of life for Tall City residents.

"We're seeing a lot of growth and a lot of projects in district 4 because of the west and northwest corridor that's one of our high growth areas, so by having this type of growth the city of Midland has to prioritize and make sure we put the infrastructure and amenities in place to complement that growth."
 
Lacy said the original plans included a round about at Thomason and Beal Parkway the City plans to make that change when funding becomes available.

"We will go back and put the round-about there to kind of alleviate some of the concerns from the 4-way stop sign that was installed a couple of days ago. It kind of has some of our drivers in this town a little upset, but I think they will get use to it. We got to make sure that we're slowing traffic down and making sure public safety is our number one priority."

The total cost of construction for this project was approximately $1.2 million. Maverick Engineering assisted with the design of the project and construction was completed by Jones Brothers Dirt & Paving.

Lacy said the next project the City is working on is a $7.5 million dollar expansion at Bryerwood making the roadway five lanes.


More Stories

Don't Miss

  • Home Improvement Professionals
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • YourBasin Contests
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Your Basin News App
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

Latest News