In March 2015, the Burleson City Council approved a $1-million plus contract for improvements in Old Town Burleson. The goal of this project is to make Old Town more welcoming for visitors and safer for drivers, walkers and bicyclists, while maintaining its character and charm. The project encompasses one block on Ellison (from Wilson to Main Street) and three blocks of Main (Renfro Street to Eldred Street). Widened sidewalks, one-way traffic, ADA compliant crossings, decorative brick crosswalks, landscaping, planters, benches and trash cans and even one additional parking space are just some of the improvements.
The project list includes:
A one-lane elliptical roundabout/center island at the intersection of Main Street and Ellison Street that would allow traffic to move more freely (the three-way stop would be removed);
Widening the sidewalks seven feet along Main Street, from Renfro Street to Bufford Street – a wider sidewalk could accommodate street furniture, landscaping, lighting and sidewalk cafes, and, a landscaped sidewalk “bulb-out” at the intersection corners would create shorter and safer crossings for pedestrians;
Resurfacing and restriping the existing Main Street parking lot (Renfro Street to Eldred Street) to include one-way parking aisles with angled parking and landscaping improvements;
And improving the alley behind Fresco’s (on Main Street) west to Wilson Street to provide pedestrian connections to shops, restaurants and parking areas at city hall.