W. Lake Drive the First of Five Streets
TAYLOR, TEXAS – On Thursday, December 3, elected officials and employees from the City of Taylor gathered in a limited capacity to celebrate the completion of street reconstruction on West Lake Drive with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Participants, who were limited in number in accordance with the Red Phase of the City’s phased reopening plan, included Mayor Brandt Rydell, Councilmember Dwayne Ariola, and Public Works Director Jim Gray.
West Lake Drive is one of five streets included in a $13.1 million bond for infrastructure improvements that was approved by City Council in fiscal year 2019. The project, which is being overseen by HDR Engineering Inc. and Smith Contracting, was designed to improve safety, mobility and connectivity for five substandard streets: West Lake Drive, West Third Street, North Lynn Street, North Robinson Street, and Edmond Street.
Construction for the project began in July 2020. All five streets are expected to be completed by the Summer of 2021. Work is now complete at West Lake Drive and Carlos G. Parker Boulevard. West Third Street is considered substantially complete and is projected to open in mid-February, 2021. Before construction started on each street, Taylor councilmembers and the project team gave a short presentation about the project and what residents could expect during construction. Property owners and residents within the project limits were invited to join the live events and ask questions. All meetings and pertinent information are posted on the City’s website at bit.ly/taylorstreetsproject.
Mayor Brandt Rydell said the West Lake Drive improvements were welcome and long overdue. “We are thrilled to be celebrating the completion of the reconstruction of West Lake Drive at the Loop. For such a highly visible and heavily-traveled street segment, it was failing badly and posed a real risk to drivers. Improving our streets and roads throughout Taylor is a top priority, both for residents and for our council. We appreciate the efforts of HDR and Smith Contracting in moving this project along so quickly, and we are looking forward to seeing construction on West Third, North Lynn, North Robinson, and Edmond Street completed by next summer.”
Details about the streets project, including project updates and Frequently Asked Questions, can be found on the City’s website at bit.ly/taylorstreetsproject. Questions can be directed to HDR at 512-685-2960.