Mid-day on Monday, January 23, 2012, traffic along Kimball Avenue from SH114 to north of Kirkwood Boulevard will be switched to the new concrete pavement. Barricades and traffic control will be put in place prior to the traffic switch.
Flagmen will be on-site to direct traffic, as needed. The intersection of Kimball Avenue at Kirkwood Boulevard will be closed from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Monday to prepare the transition to the new pavement.
The work is part of paving, utility, and drainage improvements for the widening of North Kimball Avenue from SH114 to Dove Road from a two- lane asphalt road to a four lane concrete road with a divided center median and landscaping The project will also include six-foot sidewalks the entire length of both the east and west side of North Kimball Avenue.
Several Southlake residents through e-mail and the recent Citizen Survey have asked, “When will the North Kimball Avenue project be completed?” According to Public Works Director Bob Price, completion will be in early 2013.
“The project saw some unexpected delays with relocating underground private utilities, the drought, last summer’s high temperatures, water conservation restrictions, the unexpected work effort needed to relocate the existing sanitary sewer force main and this past fall’s rain and muddy conditions”, said Price. “The City’s historical construction records from when the main was originally constructed indicated that the main was clear of the proposed improvements. Therefore, no plans were developed to relocate the sanitary sewer force main. Unfortunately, the main was located under the proposed southbound travel lanes and needed to be relocated outside of the proposed pavement so as to not require the future closing of southbound Kimball Avenue when issues arise at some point in the future. This relocation caused us time and dollars that we did not originally anticipate; but, it will pay dividends in years to come.”
“Since October we have asked drivers to drive on the east side of the road so that the contractor could lay the concrete for the west side,” said Price. “Next week, the project is scheduled to switch sides to allow for the east side’s construction. Once traffic is on the newly constructed concrete pavement, traversing through this southern portion of the project will be more tolerable for everyone using the corridor.”
Price believes that the work on Kimball’s eastside will move more smoothly and should be completed by late spring. But he also cautions that with construction projects things are never certain.
“The importance of this project in relationship to the completion of the DFW Connector cannot be understated,” said Price. “This street will eventually help feed the Kimball entrance/exit to the Connector as well as make the northern part of Southlake easier to access. I know everyone is looking forward to its completion.”
For more information about this project and other City construction projects, please visit www.CityofSouthlake.com/cityconstruction. If you have any questions, please contact Public Works at (817) 748-8400.