Quinlan's Work In Progress

Photo by Kendall Lyons

From Main Street sidewalks to larger discussions on comprehensive development, the City of Quinlan is taking step after step to improve the infrastructure of the city.

Last week, the City Council held a public meeting on the FY 2018 budget, discussing some of the improvements and budget plans for this year and the proposed tax rate. Along with those discussions, recent meetings have consisted of discussions on sidewalks, the comprehensive improvement plan featuring short and long-term goals and the potential expansion of South Highway 34 and the 276 Highway Bypass.

Sidewalks

City Administrator John Adel has been working diligently to help the council and those following the project understand the status of the sidewalks project. The city’s sidewalk project is broken down into three different projects with each that will positively influence the cities downtown landscape.

The first project is a downtown sidewalk reconstruction and streetscape project that runs along Main Street, from Epperson Street to Church Street.

“The project includes reconstruction of the sidewalks, including addressing ADA accessibility issues, parking islands, pedestrian crosswalks and other enhancements including brick pavers, pedestrian lighting, landscape areas, benches and trash cans,” said Adel. “This project was fully funded by the Quinlan Economic Development Corporation, with a construction cost of approx. $330,000.  This project is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in September of 2018.”

The second sidewalk project is a one-block continuation of the downtown sidewalk reconstruction and streetscape project which will be both sides of Main Street from Church Street to Kuykendall.

“The project scope is almost identical, with the same scope of work,” said Adel. “This project is funded by a $250,000 grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture, Downtown Rehabilitation Program, with another $75,000 in local match funds being provided by the Quinlan Economic Development Corporation.  This project is currently being designed and we hope to put this out for bid by the end of the calendar year.  If all goes well, it should be completed by late spring or early summer of 2019.”

The third sidewalk project is the South Church Street sidewalk project which consists of a new sidewalk from the corner of Main Street and Church Street downtown and south along South Church Street to the Quinlan Community Park.

“This project is funded through a TxDOT TASA (transportation alternatives set-aside) grant. This will be a great project, which will provide a pedestrian connection to and between Downtown Quinlan, neighborhoods south of Main St., D.C. Cannon Elementary (and adjacent A.E. Butler Intermediate) and of course, the Quinlan Community Park just south of D.C. Cannon Elementary.   This project is approved for funding and we hope to start the design process by the end of the calendar year. All three of these projects will provide wonderful pedestrian facilities for Quinlan residents and create some very nice enhancements to our downtown area.  All three of these projects also represent a real value for our residents in terms of cost.  With a total cost of just over $1M for these sidewalk projects, the total cost to the City of Quinlan is approx. $58,000.  The rest of the funding is being provided through State grant funding sources, TxDOT, the Quinlan Economic Development Corporations and partnership Hunt County Bond Program,” said Adel.

Highway Bypass

The South Highway 276 Bypass Project is scheduled for construction by 2020.

“The by pass will provide a direct connection between South Highway 276 west from/toward Rockwall) and South Highway 276 east from/towards Lake Tawakoni,” said Adel. “The west end of the bypass will start at South Highway 276, west of Quinlan, at approximately FM 36. From there … will go southeast around the southwest portion of Quinlan along the south side of the Quinlan Community Park and connect back to South Highway 276 at the intersection of State Highway 34 and East Quinlan Parkway.  Currently, TxDOT is working on right-of-way acquisition and coordinating with utility providers for the relocation of utilities. 

Comprehensive Plan

“There are a number of project we're currently working on,” said Adel. “One significant project is the completion of a new Comprehensive Plan for the City of Quinlan.  The City recently contracted with consultant Freese & Nichols Inc. to begin working on the plan, which will have a planning horizon of 20 years.”

Adel also added that this project will take approximately 12 months to complete and will consist of the following elements:  Community Snapshot - Analysis and review of the community's current and future demographics, planning context and local/regional plans and initiatives, Community Vision - Development of a Community Vision and Goals, Public Involvement through community meetings, surveys and project website, etc. and input from a variety of community stakeholders, Land Use Plan - Review current land use & development patterns and develop preferred future land use and development goals, community character, and goals/strategies for growth, Public Facilities - Develop a transportation and storm water plan, water master plan, wastewater master plan.  Review municipal facilities and services and develop related long term goals. Economic Development Strategic Plan - Develop an economic profile, review business and growth indicators, economic development strategies and develop a 5-yr Economic Development Strategic Plan, and an Implementation Plan - Implementation matrix & strategies for all areas of the plan, Capital Improvements Plan, recommended development standards and other strategies.

“The Comprehensive Plan project will be kicking off this fall and will be a really important project for the City,” said Adel. “It will establish community vision, goals, and strategies for Quinlan for the next 20 years.  We really need the community to get involved and participate in opportunities to provide input on this plan.  We'll have some community meetings, develop a community survey and develop a project website so that the community can follow this project and provide feedback along the way.”