Following a recent Town Council Work Shop, the Town Manager proposed a comprehensive review of the concerns, objectives, and solutions related to Bobcat Boulevard traffic from the high school to Trophy Club Drive. The review aims to gather information, including resident input, to facilitate an informed decision-making process. This six-phase approach is expected to last eight months, resulting in a Town Council review of the proposed solutions.
The outlined phases of the project are as follows:
TRAFFIC WATCH & REVIEW
IDENTIFY KEY OBJECTIVES
TOWN COUNCIL DEBRIEF
COMMUNITY INPUT AND SURVEYS
FINAL PRESENTATION TO TOWN COUNCIL
This approach ensures that the Town Council, residents, and staff are actively engaged throughout the process. Each phase is designed to provide essential data, enabling the Council to make a well-informed decision for effective traffic mitigation in the area.
PHASE I | TRAFFIC WATCH & REVIEW
The first phase is scheduled to commence on January 25 & 26 between 7:00 am and 9:00 am and between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm. During this phase, key stakeholders will be invited to actively observe the heavily trafficked area to gather information.
On Thursday, January 25, and Friday, January 26, Trophy Club Town Council members were joined by Town Manager Wright, Police Chief Arata, and Community Development Director Cox in observing traffic on Bobcat Boulevard in the mornings and afternoons for school drop-off and pickup. In 90-minute segments, the Mayor and Town Council observed vehicle and pedestrian traffic on Bobcat providing context to major concerns that will be addressed through proposed traffic flow and safety solutions.
Last week’s observation completed Phase 1 of the Bobcat Traffic Improvement Project. The next step will include identifying key objectives, which are anticipated to be discussed at the February 12 Town Council Meeting Workshop.
PHASE II | IDENTIFYING KEY OBJECTIVES
The second phase, slated for February, will center on discerning key observations from the initial phase. This stage aims to identify the contributing factors to traffic congestion in the area and formulate prioritized objectives that will guide the planning for improved outcomes. The Town Council is anticipated to conduct a Work Shop dedicated to this topic on February 12.
During the February 12, 2024, Town Council Work Session, a presentation and discussion were had involving the findings from the Town Council's Bobcat Boulevard traffic observations, along with recommendations for key objectives to be addressed through traffic improvement solutions.
Council direction was to continue forward with Phase III of the Bobcat Traffic Improvement project by engaging a professional traffic firm to assist with developing a traffic control plan for the area focused on achieving the key objectives developed from the traffic observation phase. These objectives include the following:
- Identify solutions for improved traffic flow and pedestrian safety at the South BNHS exit onto Bobcat Blvd.
- Identify solutions for left-hand movements at Trophy Club Drive & Bobcat Blvd., Parkview Dr. & Bobcat Blvd., and Marshall Creek at Bobcat Blvd.
- Identify solutions to minimize pedestrian crossing delays.
- Identify solutions for improved compliance with vehicles stopping for pedestrian crosswalks.
- Identify other traffic control solutions to determine if any options provide substantial improvement over traffic-guard-controlled movements.
- Avoid diverting traffic onto neighborhood streets.
This next phase is expected to last through June 2024, with a report to the Town Council at their July 15, 2024, meeting.
PHASE III | DEVELOPING SOLUTIONS
The third phase, scheduled from February to June, involves engaging with traffic engineers to develop solutions aligned with prioritized objectives. This phase encompasses approving the service contract, formulating a plan of action, conducting cost analyses, weighing pros and cons, and establishing an implementation timeline.
PHASE IV | TOWN COUNCIL DEBRIEF
The fourth phase, slated for July, will involve presenting a comprehensive briefing to the Town Council based on the information gathered from the findings. The Town Council is anticipated to conduct a Work Shop dedicated to this topic on July 15.
PHASE V | COMMUNITY INPUT & SURVEYS
The fifth phase, scheduled to begin the week of July 29, will focus on community input. Staff plans to engage with residents living in the traffic-affected area and homeowners' associations (HOAs). The Town will facilitate the creation of a survey and organize community input sessions to gather essential information regarding concerns, potential solutions, and suggestions from residents.
PHASE VI | FINAL PRESENTATION TO TOWN COUNCIL
The final phase of the project will be scheduled for September. During this stage, conclusive findings, including input from residents, will be presented to the Council to assist in determining a final solution for the project. The Town Council is anticipated to conduct a Work Shop dedicated to this topic on September 2.
As the project progresses, adjustments to the schedule may be necessary to ensure that quality information and resident feedback is provided to ensure reliable data. The Town is committed to fostering citizen engagement by offering various opportunities for involvement. Looking ahead, staff will continue to enhance citizen awareness of projects in the Town, empowering residents to collaborate with local leaders and fostering a collective effort to maintain and improve Trophy Club as a great place to call home.
The Town staff intends to provide updates on the happenings as soon as it is available. Please remember that the information provided is what is available to staff via their team and other third parties, and it is subject to change. Staff will strive to keep Trophy Club looking and functioning at its best while keeping its residents informed to the best of their abilities.
October 26, 2023
The Town of Trophy Club expresses appreciation for the continued engagement and feedback regarding the intersection at Byron Nelson High School/Montessori School and Bobcat Blvd. The safety concerns for NISD students are considered a top priority, and the commitment to addressing these concerns persists. The comments received continue to play a vital role in the decision-making process for the Town Council, Town Management, the Police Department, and the entire Trophy Club community.
The latest updates on actions taken since the last communication are provided for information:
Identification of Construction Areas: On October 11th, designated construction areas at the intersection were marked by town staff, a crucial step to ensure the effective implementation of safety enhancements.
Utility Locates: Last week, utility locates for gas, electric, and phone lines were requested and marked, mitigating unforeseen issues during the construction process.
Ramp Installation: The installation of two additional ramps commenced this week, with an anticipated completion by next week, weather permitting, further enhancing pedestrian safety.
Poles and Flashers: Necessary poles and flashers for the intersection have been ordered, with an expected delivery time of 6-8 weeks. Efforts are underway to have these safety features in place by the first week of December.
Throughout the improvement process, emphasis is placed on community safety. Ongoing monitoring, collaboration with the police department, and assessment of changes' impact on traffic flow are continual efforts. The aim is to ensure that safety measures enhance security and minimize disruptions to the community.
Safety is a collective effort, appreciating vigilance and engagement from the community. Everyone is encouraged to contribute to a safe environment, creating a secure and comfortable space for NISD students and the community.
Updates on progress will continue to be provided, and feedback is welcomed. The community's understanding, cooperation, and ongoing input are invaluable in making Trophy Club a safer place for all.
September 01, 2023
In recent days, Town Council members have received numerous emails and phone calls regarding the intersection at Byron Nelson High School/Montessori School and Bobcat Blvd. The Council appreciates and values the input and feedback from residents and is dedicated to addressing the concerns received. Comments from the community are regarded as important by the Town Council, Town Management, the Police Department, and the entire Trophy Club team.
Recognizing the concerns for the safety of NISD students at the mentioned intersection, the Council has prioritized this issue in recent discussions. Council members have directed staff to comprehensively examine the intersection and explore potential recommended remedies.
Since the start of the 23/24 school year, the Trophy Club Police Department has been actively monitoring the newly established traffic patterns while assessing overall traffic flow at various intersections and locations. Notable changes have been observed due to the staggered start and end times of NISD schools, facilitating smoother traffic regulation with minimal disruptions. Despite the positive impact, areas for potential improvement still exist, particularly at the intersection of BNHS/Montessori School and Bobcat Blvd.
Following an initial evaluation and discussions with the Police Department and Crossing Guard teams, consensus suggests that adding another Crossing Guard or Police Officer at this specific intersection may disrupt the current traffic control plan. There are currently six Crossing Guards within a ¼ mile on Bobcat Blvd, maintaining constant radio communication to regulate traffic flow. Introducing additional personnel at this intersection could disrupt the established rhythm and create potential challenges.
In consultation with the Town's engineering firm, it has been determined that adding an extra crosswalk on the opposite side of the existing striped crosswalk, equipped with safety flashers and ramps, would offer an enhanced safety solution. Town Staff will be working on implementing this plan, with completion estimated within the next 4-6 weeks. Following these improvements, the Town Council, Police Department, and Town staff will continue to monitor the intersection to assess the need for further enhancements.
Safety is a collaborative effort, and the community's contribution is crucial to maintaining a safe environment. The safety of NISD students is a collective responsibility, and together, a secure environment can be created for everyone.