Upcoming Events for Residents October 22 | 6:30 p.m.| 1240 Keller Pkwy, Ste 200, Keller, 76248 | October Board meeting October 25 | 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. | Tehama Ridge Park | 2137 Ravens Nest, FW, 76177 | Annual Fall Fest for residents October 28 | 6:15 check in - Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. | O.A. Peterson Elementary School | 2000 Winter Hawk Drive, FW, 76177 | 2014 Annual Meeting
Our fellow Tehama Ridge residents,
On Wednesday, September 10th, a meeting was commenced to discuss the traffic issues related to the International Leadership of Texas Charter School on Heritage Trace Parkway. The meeting was attended by school administrators including the superintendent, Edward Conger. The city of Fort Worth was represented by our councilman, Dennis Shingleton, and by Department of Transportation and Public Works Assistant Director Alonzo Linan. Your Tehama Ridge Board of Directors was also in attendance.
The traffic problem is clearly understood by all in attendance at the meeting, and all parties are working diligently to reduce and eliminate the congestion from both Heritage Trace Parkway and Tehama Ridge Parkway. The goal of the meeting was to agree on a solution for both immediate and long-term relief.
We examined the traffic flow patterns and considered alternatives to the present ingress and egress paths to the school. Likewise, we discussed a staggered release time for the different grade levels so as to not have a concentration of pick up and drop off traffic at any one time during the day. The city engineers have also stated that an improvement in the outflow of traffic from the school property will assist in moving cars through the queue more quickly. We will try to summarize our conclusions and proposals here:
First and foremost, the traffic flow along Tehama Ridge Parkway must be improved. The city engineers are going to study this by pattern and traffic count to determine how best to address the intersection of Heritage Trace Parkway and Tehama Ridge Parkway. Possible solutions are; the removal and relocation of the TR monument island to improve traffic flow; examine the intersection for most appropriate traffic control, either traffic light or roundabout; the possible temporary designation of school only traffic to one assigned lane of Tehama Ridge Parkway; the interim assignment of a traffic officer to the intersection to control the flow of traffic. Other long-term solutions are being considered which would involve the school and the city, in a cooperative effort, placing an access path to the school from Heritage Trace Parkway and running along the east side of the school property, west of the 7-11 store, which would take the school traffic off Tehama Ridge Parkway entirely.
Second, the city has observed a problem with Presidio residents weaving through Tehama Ridge to avoid using the entrance and exit from Heritage Trace Parkway. The problem develops as the school outbound traffic forms a continuous line of U-turning cars across from the Presidio entrance, thus prohibiting any outbound Presidio traffic using the exit. To address the problem the city has planned to use cones as a temporary measure during peak traffic times to direct the school's outbound traffic to continue west on to the Harmon Road intersection. Of course, that intersection would quickly become choked with traffic as well, so the city is proposing to add a roundabout to that intersection - design and construction to start immediately.
Third, a safety issue has developed for students attending O.A. Peterson Elementary and the charter school from the subdivisions south of Heritage Trace Parkway. As no crosswalk or school zone exists at present, there is an increased danger to students crossing the street at any time. The city has committed to installing a crosswalk at Carrier Drive - work to commence immediately - and add school zone signs to reduce traffic speed. The crosswalk painting and signs are expected to be in place within two weeks, the flashing signs will take longer but will be ordered immediately.
We, the Tehama Ridge Board of Directors, want you to know that these issues have our priority attention. Likewise, the city and the charter school officials. We are asking for your patience and cooperation while the parties involved work through the processes. Please understand that the charter school is making every attempt to be a good neighbor, and the city is working as quickly as possible to thoroughly address each of these problems. We also ask that you be respectful and courteous in any traffic related communications with the city and the charter school.