Quality infrastructure is the foundation of a strong, healthy and vibrant community. As Southlake continues to grow, so will the need for infrastructure access, maintenance and replacement.
Over the last few months, contractors have been onsite at the Fuel Farm located by Brumlow Avenue and SH 26 for the Fuel Farm Water Extension Capital Improvement Project. The purpose of this project is to extend the existing water main, which ends at Brumlow Avenue, to loop back around to South Kimball traveling through the Fuel Farm industrial area.
These improvements will eliminate the existing dead-end mains by connecting the existing infrastructure with new infrastructure. It will also help improve water quality with better circulation in the water system, as well as provide additional fire protection in the event of an emergency.
Contractors have completed the water line improvements along Brumlow Avenue and additional water line improvements will occur on the Fuel Farm property.
The estimated cost of this project is $1.3 million with an expected completion date of April 2021.
Learn more about this and other CIP projects on our Capital Improvement Projects webpage.
Earlier this week, Public Works Streets and Drainage crews dug test pits to prepare for construction at the intersection of the southbound lanes at Zena Rucker Road and S. Carroll Avenue.
With the extension of Zena Rucker Road approaching completion, traffic is expected to increase in the area as shoppers and pedestrians travel to the Shops of Southlake. The S. Carroll Avenue CIP project will turn the asphalt lane into a concrete lane so the entire roadway will be comprised of the same material for a more long-term use and future expansion.
The project is estimated to start within two weeks and completed in six weeks, weather permitting.
The improvements are a part of the 2030 Master Mobility Plan.
For more information about mobility projects in Southlake and updates on mobility news, follow our Southlake Mobility Facebook page.
Preparations for the SH 114 frontage road expansion project are underway. The joint project with TxDOT kicked off in 2018 as an initiative to complete the connection of the SH 114 frontage road from Southlake to Trophy Club.
The eastbound and westbound frontage roads currently end as they approach Dove Road and start back up near Kirkwood Blvd. Extending it will provide commuters a continuous alternate route from Grapevine to Southlake to Trophy Club. This will reduce the need for drivers to re-enter the highway at Dove Road and exit again at Kirkwood Boulevard to continue on the frontage road. As part of this project, the exit and entrance ramps will be reversed to prevent unsafe merging behavior on the main lanes of the highway. TxDOT is taking this approach to highway ramps on its facilities statewide.
Earlier this week, contractors began utility relocation between Kirkwood Boulevard and Dove Road and hope to be done in November 2020, weather permitting. The City has requested proposals for the construction of the frontage road and hopes to award this portion of the project in October 2020. The estimated funding the City of Southlake is providing for this project is $3 million.
This Capital Improvement Project is also a part of the Mobility Master Plan, which identifies construction projects and investment opportunities to foster convenient and safe travel through Southlake.
For more CIP updates, please visit the CIP page on the City’s website.
When it comes to Capital Improvement Projects, the City of Southlake has made major progress. The Capital Improvement Program, known as the CIP, is a five-year plan that the City has in place for construction of new or investing in the replacement of the City’s physical assets or infrastructure.
Although the program covers a diverse range of sectors in the following areas: Stormwater, Wastewater and Water Utilities; Mobility projects are at the forefront.
The Mobility Projects, which are also listed in the Southlake 2030 mobility master plan includes, but not limited to the development of sidewalks, trails, parks and thoroughfares.
How patrons navigate through Southlake is a huge contributor to the build out and the future of the City, it is important that projects pertaining to this sector of the CIP meet the goals to enhance mobility.
The City has been diligently working toward completing the projects in a timely manner as well as keeping the public informed of the status. Overtime, one project after another has seen success.
Below is a list of ongoing projects and upcoming projects.
Zena Rucker Connector and Roundabout
White Chapel Widening Project
SH 114 Frontage Roads – Along Dove and Kirkwood. This is a partnership project with TxDOT to extend the westbound of the frontage road to Kirkwood Boulevard. The construction contract for this project is scheduled to be awarded in Fall 2020.
The City of Southlake often refers to the Capital Improvement Program when citing projects and infrastructure, such as mobility projects.
The program, often referred to as CIP, is a five-year plan the City has in place for construction of new or investing in the replacement of the City’s physical assets or infrastructure. The City utilizes cash and proceeds from bond sales to fund CIP projects.
With CIP, City staff can budget and identify projects that otherwise cannot be addressed due to funding limitations within the annual operating budget or limited, internal resources or manpower.
When it comes to mobility, this five-year program identifies construction projects identified and prioritized within the Southlake 2030 and Southlake 2035 master plans.
The Mobility 2030 Master Plan includes several citywide plans that prioritize the development of thoroughfares, sidewalks, trails and parks. The recommendations within the plan serve as a guide to the development of CIP projects as well as departmental business plans.
Two major mobility CIP projects currently in progress are the N. White Chapel Widening and Zena Rucker Connector.
Other projects such as the SH 114 Frontage Roads and FM 1938 improvements are managed by the Texas Department of Transportation. The City often partners with TxDOT, contributing to these projects financially, while TxDOT manages and oversees construction.
Work on Zena Rucker road has been quietly making progress. Contractors have been on-site pouring concrete and installing rebar for the new sidewalk located on the southside of the roundabout, and new landscaping is also in the works.
Once completed, Zena Rucker Road will connect Matthews Court and Tower Boulevard, with the public artwork display, “Mockingbird Tree,” installed at the Zena Rucker Road and Tower Boulevard roundabout. The final result will provide east-west connectivity from Byron Nelson Parkway to South Carroll Avenue.
The estimated project cost is $2.1 million.
With the project estimated to be completed by Summer 2020, weather permitting, the City can add this to the list of completed projects within its Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The CIP is in place to support the purchase, construction, or replacement of the City’s physical assets. Examples include projects like the Zena Rucker roundabout and roadway extension.
Each year the budget includes a five-year capital improvement program (CIP), delineating construction projects designed to implement Southlake 2030 and Southlake 2035.
These projects ensure that the City will meet demands for water, sewer, roadway, drainage, and parks as Southlake moves toward build-out. Year One of the CIP is called the capital budget and allocates dollars to build the identified projects.
Building & Maintaining Southlake’s Public Works Infrastructure
Public Works construction projects figure prominently in the FY 2019 budget.
Funds for construction of Zena Rucker Connector, North White Chapel Boulevard, SH 114 improvements, Kirkwood Boulevard intersection improvements, and landscaping are included in the budget. So are dollars for water quality projects and water lines along SH 114, Kirkwood, and Westpark Circle.
Drainage improvements on public land near Raven Bend, West Highland Street, Simmons Court, Creekside, Florence Road, Kirkwood Branch at White Chapel, and at the TW King Pump Station are also funded. Finally, the budget includes matching funds for the replacement of the South White Chapel Bridge at Bear Creek, to be financed through the Texas Department of Transportation.
Southlake engineers and inspectors have the responsibility to design, build, and ensure the quality of the infrastructure needed to provide water and sewer services, as well as drainage and roadway facilities for public use. And once these items are constructed, crews take on the responsibility of maintaining them.
With more than 296 miles of water distribution pipes, 208 miles of sewer mains, 211 linear miles of city roadways, and 174 miles of sidewalks/trails, maintenance responsibilities are significant. And these numbers don’t even account for public drainage ways and associated infrastructure like fire hydrants, meters, valves, manholes, and lift stations! The new construction will complement the current infrastructure and makes sure that facilities meet future demand.
What About Parks?
City parks, open space, and recreational amenities for all ages are a top priority. The good news is that special funding makes it possible to implement the park master plan in an ongoing and steady timeline.
Champions Club, the newest part of The Marq Southlake, is set to open in December. This project, funded through a special sales tax overseen by the Community Enhancement and Development Corporation, will be a recreation game-changer for the community beginning in 2019.
The City will also begin designing improvements to the Southlake Sports Complex, including fields, building improvements, shade structures, restrooms, a playground, batting cages, trails, parking, and other amenities. Construction will span a few years, but things get started with the new fiscal year.
The team will also turn attention to Central Park (located at the Shops of Southlake) with an eye to improving the functionality of the space and developing plans for future improvements.
The Southlake Parks Development Corporation will fund these improvements with a special sales tax.
The City owns or leases 1,197.8 acres of park land and open space, and is responsible for the maintenance of the property and the related improvements, including 51 practice fields/game facilities, seven playgrounds, 21 tennis courts, and 14 pavilions.
The CIP paves the way for ongoing infrastructure development, making sure that Southlake continues to be a premier community in which to live, work, and play.