Saturday, September 25, 2021

The Road Ahead: Southlake’s Mobility Master Plan Goals and Progress

Although the roads are less traveled right now due to the Tarrant County shelter-in-place order, plans to improve mobility in Southlake are still in the works and are a top priority.

The 2030 Mobility Master Plan sets the stage for the future of mobility by strategically planning and implementing the structure of the City’s transportation system.

The plan identifies opportunities to provide a safe and convenient way to reduce traffic congestion while promoting the needs of pedestrians, residents, businesses and visitors.

The Continental Sidewalk, N. White Chapel Widening and Zena Rucker Boulevard Extension Projects are among the many mobility developments that contribute to helping Southlake meet their goals.

As of now, here’s where we are in each development:

Continental Sidewalk Project: The new sidewalk on Continental Boulevard will create a loop connecting Continental Boulevard to FM 1709, S. Kimball Avenue and S. Carroll Avenue.
Status: Modifications to the existing drainage infrastructure along the north side of East Continental Boulevard are near completion. The sidewalk is set to be completed in Spring 2020.
Estimated Total Cost: $317,000

White Chapel Widening Project: This project consists of widening N. White Chapel to a four-lane divided thoroughfare extending from SH 114 to Emerald in conjunction with a dual lane roundabout at the intersection of N. White Chapel and Highland.
Status: The dual lane roundabout is complete and contractors are preparing the base for the public artwork installation “Be the Bridge” by artist Boris Kramer, which is set to be installed Spring 2020. The entire project is estimated to be completed in Spring 2022.
Estimated Total Cost: $17 million

Zena Rucker Boulevard Extension Project: This project extends Matthews Court to Tower Boulevard, improving mobility between Byron Nelson Parkway and Carroll Avenue.
Status: Contractors have cleared the road for paving the extension and are adding the final touches for the utility installation.Contractors are also constructing the base for the public art display, “Mockingbird Tree” by Michael Warrick to be installed at the roundabout located at Zena Rucker and Tower Boulevard.
Estimated Total Cost: $2.1 million

Learn more about the Mobility Master Plan here.

It’s Electric – How Southlake Invests in Transportation Infrastructure

When it comes to quality infrastructure, Southlake takes charge, literally.

For the last four years, shoppers, visitors and residents have taken advantage of the electronic vehicle (EV) charging stations within the area. The fuel option is not only convenient, but allows the City to meet the demands for future mobility needs.

“The EV charging station allows motorists to shop, work-out or handle business in Southlake without the hassle of searching for charging stations or running out of fuel,” Transportation Manager Stephanie Taylor said. “It is all about efficiency. Getting that one task off of your list makes a big difference when it comes to travel convenience in the City.”

As a result of the 2030 Mobility Master Plan, the City, through a partnership with TXU Energy, was awarded two ChargePoint charging stations for two parking spaces in the West Parking Garage at Town Square and at The Marq Southlake.

The Level 2 dual head EV charging station is a single unit equipped with connectors to charge two vehicles simultaneously. The stations can charge an electronic vehicle in less than four hours at a maximum rate of 25 RPH (mile of range per hour).

“Investing in high quality public assets and using the latest technology is part of the City’s strategic plan to improve mobility in Southlake,” Taylor said. “The future is here and we need to continue to embrace innovative, energy-efficient tools to ensure that we have a safe and smart transportation network now and for many years to come.”

ChargePoint Stations are located at:

Town Square, West Parking Garage
351 State Street
Southlake, TX

The Marq Southlake
200 Shady Oaks Drive
Southlake, TX

Plans to Pavement: How Unsung Hero Mark Cisneros is Getting N. White Chapel Boulevard Built

Greek mythology presents the story of Sisyphus, a ruler condemned to pushing a heavy stone up a hill, only to have it roll back down when it neared the top. Managing construction projects is not completely analogous to the eternal, futile work of Sisyphus (they do eventually conclude and leave us with something of value), but Mark Cisneros might agree that many days his management of the N. White Chapel reconstruction project feels like one hard step forward, two steps back. Yet Mark remains focused, and the project is proceeding successfully thanks to the tenacity and professionalism he brings to the assignment. For his great work, he is being recognized as one of the City’s important unsung heroes.

“Mark’s duties for this project encompass elements of technical aptitude, knowledge of the construction requirements, accounting and customer service,” said Director of Public Works Rob Cohen. “Mark takes true ownership of this project and keeps the project moving when tasks seemed to be lagging, often working with the project superintendent to keep the crews focused and advancing to the next phase. Mark understands the significance of the project to the traveling public and has worked hard and effectively to keep it on track.”

The project has required Mark to…

  • Carefully review contractor payment applications, verify the work was satisfactorily completed and certify the documents needed for payment approval;
  • make decisions in the field that are minor adjustments to the final product and keep the Public Works team informed of these adjustments;
  • keep meticulous notes based on daily observations of project activity, used to document conditions needed to negotiate with contractors on requests for additional time or scope of work changes or make corrections;
  • serve as the contact for all parties involved with the project. This includes coordination among residents, contractors, utilities, and staff. He addresses resident issues regarding site appearance, cleanup, traffic control, and other items;
  • conduct third party material testing. Mark reviews reports to confirm the contracted work meets engineering specifications. He also coordinates with utility providers to resolve conflicts, preventing project delays. He coordinates work and inspections.

“Mark is extremely passionate and takes pride in his projects. He realized the importance of this project to the City, both the organization and the public, very early on and simply refused to lose. He is a great motivator and is the reason that this project remains on schedule,” said Director Cohen. “This has resulted in great outcomes, like being able to open the outside lanes of the roundabout and Highland for the start of the school year.”

Mark’s work will continue as the project manager for Phase 2 of the project.