S Belt Line Reconstruction
The S Belt Line reconstruction project, which runs from Southwestern to IH-635, includes pavement replacement, intersection improvements, sidewalks, streetlights, and more to get this 35+ year old road back into tip top shape. It is estimated that construction will be complete in early summer 2024. View the interactive construction project map.
The City partnered with Community Impact to share news about the S Belt Line Road reconstruction project, which is in the final phase. Read the article to learn about the history of S Belt Line Road, the scope of the project, the expected completion date, and more!
Phase 1: All traffic was diverted to the northbound lanes (east side), allowing for one lane in each direction, plus a center lane at intersections for turning traffic. The southbound lanes (west side) were closed. Phase 1 was completed in early November 2022.
Phase 2: During Phase 2, traffic was diverted to the southbound lanes (west side), allowing for one lane of traffic flow in each direction, plus a center lane at intersections for turning traffic. The northbound lanes (east side) were closed.
Phase 3: Phase 3 began in late August 2023, and the northbound lanes of S. Belt Line Road from IH-635 to Dividend Drive are currently closed. Northbound traffic has been diverted to the southbound lanes, allowing traffic to flow in each direction. Two lanes of traffic are available to southbound motorists, and northbound traffic has been reduced to one lane.
Take an Alternate Route!
Seek alternative routes and avoid the construction zone! Travelers on the western side of the city should use IH-635/S Royal Lane or IH-635/Freeport Parkway. Travelers on the eastern side of the city should use MacArthur Boulevard. Commuters are also encouraged to detour to surrounding highways and tollways to avoid the area. For example, drivers can utilize SH-121/Sam Rayburn Tollway or take Sandy Lake Road to President George Bush Tollway.
The City of Coppell has partnered with Texas A&M Transportation Institute to communicate real-time travel information to an easy-to-follow Twitter account. Travel time information is automatically populated, and important updates will be communicated through this account. Follow us @coppellbeltline to stay up to date!
Additionally, the City is using road signage and other official channels to communicate updates.
Read through weekly project updates on the S Belt Line Reconstruction Updates page.
A design contract for the reconstruction of S Belt Line Road from Denton Tap Road to IH-635 was awarded to Halff Associates, Inc. in the Spring of 2019. The original scope of the S Belt Line reconstruction project included the following elements:
- Replacement of all existing pavement
- Intersection enhancements to improve mobility and safety
- Sidewalks, streetlights and landscaping
- Strategic replacement/rehabilitation of the existing storm sewer system
- Signal work as needed to accommodate intersection changes and/or traffic control
- Replace portions of the water and sanitary sewer as well as rehabilitating manholes
The approximate $18.6 million project was funded through bond proceeds and was initially expected to take 16 months to complete. The City’s initial estimate for the project was approximately $24 million. After going through an extensive value engineering process, City engineers were able reduce the expected project cost while preserving trees and ensuring continued safety throughout construction. The value engineering process also resulted in a reduction in the number of planned construction phases, which shortened the timeline for construction.
In early 2023, the City received a request to develop the vacant property between Hackberry Road and Dividend Drive, which made it necessary to reconfigure construction plans for this stretch of the roadway. As a result, Phase 3 was added to the scope of the project and includes the incorporation of driveways, turn lanes, and the installation of a traffic signal at Hackberry Road. This final phase of the project is expected to be completed by early summer 2024.
The Coppell City Council approved a contract with McMahon Contracting for the project. McMahon has performed several projects for the City and has a proven track record. They served as contractor for the Airline Drive reconstruction project, which was completed early!