Mother Nature may have tried to interfere with progress on the N. White Chapel widening project recently, but crews are still on track for completing the new dual-lane round about this summer, weather permitting of course.
The next major milestone for the widening project from Highland to SH 114 is the closure of W. Highland at N. White Chapel to complete the west side of the roundabout. This is scheduled to happen in early June after the end of the school year.
Weather permitting; the closure will include approximately 500 feet of W. Highland leading up to N. White Chapel. Vehicles will not be able to turn west onto Highland from N. White Chapel or cross the intersection as they drive west. North and southbound traffic will be maintained on N. White Chapel during the closure. The work is expected to be completed before the start of the school year.
Remember, when the east side of the intersection opens, traffic from E. Highland will only be reopened to northbound traffic on N. White Chapel only.
“This is going to remain a very active construction site throughout the summer,” notes City Engineer and Deputy Director of Public Works Kyle Hogue. “If you can’t avoid the area, I’d like to remind everyone to take extra caution when driving through. Take your time and pay attention to the posted speed limit. Our goal is to get everyone where they need to be as safe as we can.”
Crews continue to make significant progress on the paving of new north and southbound lanes. The contractor hopes to have the new traffic lanes completed in a few weeks in preparation for future traffic switches.