Thursday, November 21, 2019

Despite Winter Blasts Southlake Boulevard Improvements Move Forward

All aspects of the Southlake Boulevard Improvements Project have experienced delays due to the extreme weather conditions of the first week of February.  Low temperatures prevented crews from pouring concrete, which has minimum temperature requirements to cure.  Additionally, the ice and snow created unsafe conditions on the roadways for the traveling public as well as construction crews.   Further inclement weather this winter season may potentially cause further delays.  Despite these delays, the City continues to anticipate the project to be complete late this summer.

In November of 2010, the City of Southlake in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) began the construction of medians and fourteen deceleration lanes along Southlake Boulevard.  The goal of this project is to improve the safety, security, and mobility of the travelling public within the City.

Raised medians will be constructed to designate access points for left turns rather than simple roadway markings.  U-turns will be allowed at all median openings.  Right turn deceleration lanes allow drivers to move out of the main lanes and reduce their speed before turning right minimizing congestion in the roadway.

Median construction is currently complete from the western city limit at Pearson Lane through West Jellico Circle.  Construction is ongoing east of Davis Boulevard through the Myers-Meadow Subdivision entrance at Meadowlark Lane.  Construction of each 1/4-mile of medians can take up to four weeks to complete.  The current section is anticipated to be completed in the next three weeks, at which time TxDOT plans to move back west of Davis Boulevard to complete the median from Watermere Drive to Davis Boulevard.

TXDOT’s Contractor for the project, Jagoe Public Company, has completed the first deceleration lane at Brock Drive is now complete, and construction has moved to the second location at Bicentennial Park Drive.  Construction of each deceleration lane may take up to four weeks for completion.  Jagoe is coordinating with the contractor of the Bicentennial Park Improvements Project to ensure that construction of both projects is completed with the least amount of inconvenience for residents and businesses.

If you have any question regarding this project, please visit the Southlake Boulevard Improvements page on the City’s website by clicking here or contact Public Works at (817) 748-8098.