Thursday, June 30, 2022

N. White Chapel Bridge Repair Design Underway

City staff has engaged a consultant to develop a site-specific, engineered design for the repair of the N. White Chapel culvert crossing at the Kirkwood Branch Creek crossing with the primary focus at this moment to re-open the roadway. The road has been closed since heavy rain and floodwater caused structural damage in late September.

The plan will address replacement of the damaged headwalls and pavement. The goal of the replacement is to re-open the road by the end of 2018, weather permitting. City staff will continue to work with the consultant on a permanent solution to raise the roadway so it will not be subject to future flood events. This will involve a detailed regional drainage study as well as coordination and approval from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and other concerned agencies. The City will work with the Corps of Engineers for required permits and seek possible grants to help construct a new bridge. A timeline for the permanent resolution is also being developed.

“Unfortunately this is not something we can fix quickly, but we are working as fast and as smart as we can to re-open the road and be sure it’s safe for the public,” said Deputy Director of Public Works and City Engineer Kyle Hogue. “We know this is frustrating for residents, but I’d like to thank everyone again for their patience and understanding as we work to get the road open again.”

N. White Chapel Bridge to Remain Closed

Based on the recommendation of a third-party structural engineering consultant, the N. White Chapel bridge, at the creek crossing north of Wingate Lane, will remain closed until further notice.

The bridge was severely damaged as a result of heavy rainfalls on Friday, September 21. The heavy rain and floodwaters buckled the asphalt on the bridge deck and damaged parts of the bridge’s foundation.

The City is waiting for the consultant to provide repair options. Once options are presented, the City will determine the best course of action and will be able to provide a better timeline for the duration of the closure.

“Unfortunately this is not a quick process,” noted Public Works Director Rob Cohen. “Safety is our top priority, and right now the bridge is just not safe to open. I understand this is inconvenient, but we want to make sure the proper repairs are made and do what we can to avoid this happening again. In the meantime, I appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we work to provide the best solution.”

Water barricades and detours are in place as an extra safety precaution to prevent access to the bridge. Updates can be found on ConnectSouthlake.com and the Southlake Mobility Facebook page.