It’s hard to remember what N. White Chapel looked like a year ago with all of the changes in the past 12 months. Gone is the four-way stop at N. White Chapel and Highland as is the single north and southbound lanes between Highland and SH 114. In the coming weeks both lanes will be open from SH 114 all the way past Highland through the new dual-lane roundabout.
As Phase 1 of the two-phase project is close to wrapping up, crews have made significant progress in the last few months. New sidewalks have been completed and the roundabout has been constructed and lined with a stamped concrete. The next visible changes to look for will be the addition of landscaping and the installation of new public art in the center of the roundabout.
This past March, City Council approved artist Boris Kramer’s piece “Be the Bridge” to adorn the roundabout.
In addition to landscaping in the roundabout, the new medians will also be landscaped. Decorative pavers have already been installed as has the infrastructure for new lighting. Look for the new lights in the coming weeks. Keep in mind, the landscaping work may require some temporary lane closures to help keep crews safe while they work.
Weather permitting all lanes of traffic will be open by the end of the year.
While Phase 1 of the project has been very active, Phase 2 has also been gaining momentum. Third-party utility crews have been steadily working to relocate utility lines to make way for the new lanes to be added next year. To date, crews have started to remove over-head utility lines and install temporary construction fencing on the east side of N. White Chapel to prepare for the construction of a new screening wall. In the months to come, the screening wall will be built and crews will start work on water utility relocation.
As the project makes progress, motorists can expect a few temporary lane closures to accommodate utility work. Major road widening construction is not anticipated to really kick off until the summer months of 2020.
Once the entire project is complete, N. White Chapel will be a divided four-lane road between FM 1709 and SH 114 with new sidewalks to accompany the new traffic lanes.
As always, we thank you for your cooperation during this project and encourage you to stay up-to-date with the latest project news by following Southlake Mobility on Facebook.