Saturday, July 2, 2022

Creekside Drive: Road and Drainage Improvements

More improvements for Southlake mobility are in the works!

Contractors are gearing up to perform road re-construction and drainage improvements on Creekside Drive starting in July 2022.

Work will comprise of replacing the existing asphalt pavement with new concrete pavement along with storm system upgrades which include new culverts at driveway crossings and a new storm sewer pipe system.

Over the next few weeks, traffic along Creekside Drive will be temporarily affected during construction times. Although traffic may be impacted, customers will still have access to the roadway.

The Southlake Mobility Team will also send out Orange Barrel Alerts via our Facebook and Nextdoor social media pages to notify customers of traffic conditions, road closures, and changes.

This project is expected to be completed by December 2022, weather permitting.

Sidewalks, Lights and more – N. White Chapel Boulevard Developments Continue

This week on N. White Chapel Boulevard, irrigation is being installed in the medians. Also, this week, the installation for the street light bases is on schedule to be completed.

Sidewalk crews continue to install the sidewalk and the retaining wall, which is located on the west side of the road. Please keep in mind that traffic is now switched to allow crews to start work on the east side of the road when work is complete on the west side.

The masons are working on the capstones for the screening wall, and once that is complete, they will start installing the stone face on the retaining wall located on the west side.

This project is expected to be completed by summer 2022, weather permitting.

For more information, including updates, visit www.ConnectSouthlake.com.

Best Practices for Road Safety During Holiday Season

Can you believe it? The holiday season is here! As we prepare to shop, visit loved ones and join in on all the holiday festivities, we need to make sure that we are following safety protocols.

Here are best practices for road safety during the holiday season:

  1. Check weather conditions –

Being aware of the weather allows you to determine how long it will take to get to your destination and whether your vehicle is drivable for that particular road condition.

  1. Watch for pedestrians –

There’s no doubt that foot traffic increases during holiday season. Make sure you look around several times before you back up, drive through crosswalks and navigate through parking garages.

  1. Do not drive when you are sleep deprived –

Some businesses will open sooner and close later to accommodate customers. Make sure you get an adequate amount of rest before you leave home.

For more holiday mobility safety tips, please follow the Southlake Mobility Facebook page or visit www.ConnectSouthlake.com.

 

 

The Southlake Mobility Team Encourages Drivers to Buckle Up

Enhancing Southlake’s mobility landscape is just one of the many roles the Southlake Mobility Team plays in the success of building a better transportation system that both pedestrians and commuters can enjoy.

For everyone to benefit and enjoy the community around us, we want to encourage everyone to fasten your seat belts before you hit the road.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts save more than 13,000 lives every year.

Buckling up helps secure you inside of your vehicle and acts as a defense mechanism against aggressive, impaired and distracted drivers.

Below is a list of seat belt guidelines by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that can help you stay safe.

  1. Place the shoulder belt across the middle of your chest and away from you neck.
  2. Adjust the lap belt across your hips below your stomach.
  3. Never put the seat belt behind your back or under an arm.

 

Vehicle Preparedness for Inclement Weather

September is National Preparedness Month and while we prepare for inclement weather, we also need to prepare for running into bad weather while on the road.

Although these weather conditions are hard to predict at times, being prepared can help.

Here are a few safety measures to put into place prior to facing inclement weather.

  1. Keep windshield wipers updated
  2. Check tire pressure and tread
  3. Check car battery, hoses, belts and fluids before long road trips

 

For more tips on mobility and vehicle safety, follow the Southlake Mobility Facebook page and sign up for our Mobility e-newsletter.

 

 

 

 

Don’t Drive Distracted

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving claimed 3,142 lives in 2019. Accidents due to distracted driving are preventable.  

Even though you’re itching to read that text message your friend just sent or scroll your email at the red light, using your phone can wait until you’re parked or at your destination. 

What can you do to end distracted driving? Follow our tips below: 

  • Talk to your teen driver about distracted driving and refraining from using their cell phone while operating a vehicle. 
  • Be a good example for those in your vehicle and don’t use your cell phone. 
  • Use a buddy in the vehicle to check message or take phone calls if necessary. 
  • Take the #JustDrive pledge and educate others about distracted driving. 

For more information about distracted driving, visit the NHTSA website. 

City of Southlake Earns Marketing Awards for Stars & Stripes 20th Anniversary

Kaliff Marketing Gold AwardThe City of Southlake’s annual Stars and Stripes 20th Anniversary recently received recognition, winning multiple awards from the Texas Festivals & Events Association (TFEA) for the 2019 event.

TFEA hosted the annual Kaliff Marketing Awards for events held throughout the state before the pandemic and virtually after the pandemic began from June 1, 2019, through May 31, 2020. Southlake earned the top honor, first place, in the Best Miscellaneous On-Site Décor for the City’s photo booth display, in its respective budget category. The City also was chosen for two bronze awards in the Best Event Video Promotion and Best Giveaway categories.

Stars and Stripes Photobooth

Kaliff Gold Award – Best Onsite Decor – 20th Anniversary Photo Frame

“It is our goal to create memorable experiences for our City, its residents, and visitors alike,” said Daniel Cortez, Southlake’s director of economic development and tourism. “We can bring forth these exemplary events like our signature Stars and Stripes because of our community support. We can’t thank our sponsors enough for seeing and believing in our vision for events and joining us in our efforts to help create those memories.”

The award competition, which recognizes marketing and promotion campaign excellence, highlights the TFEA’s annual summer conference. Although the meeting was postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic, the awards competition still took place with 395 submitted entries.

“The goal for festivals and events is to create memorable experiences and signature destination events that are unrivaled in their entertainment value, as well as all the other elements associated with such programs,” said TFEA Executive Director Kay Wolf.

Mayor in Giveaway Chair

Kaliff Bronze Award – Best Giveaway – 20th Anniversary Chair

TFEA is a professional trade association for festival and event planners, volunteers, and suppliers from across Texas. It is an official affiliate of the International Festivals & Events Association, the premier professional association supporting festival and event leaders worldwide.

Make a New Year’s Resolution to Not Text and Drive

Let’s make the world a better place with a resolution to stop distracted driving.

We’re constantly sending friends and family photos of our dog, memes and links to viral videos through text messages. As much as you would like to respond when you’re driving, DON’T. It can wait.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving claimed the lives of 2,841 individuals in 2018. Similar research by the Texas Department of Transportation in 2019 showed 97,853 crashes were due to distracted driving, inattention or cell phone use.

This year, make it your resolution to stop texting and driving and help create safer roads for everyone.

For more information on the It Can Wait movement, visit www.ItCanWait.com.

What’s Happening on S. Carroll Avenue

Over the last few weeks, contractors have been working on S. Carroll Avenue in preparation for construction at the intersection of the southbound lanes at Zena Rucker Road and S. Carroll Avenue.

Due to the recent extension of Zena Rucker Road, traffic is expected to increase near and around the Shops of Southlake and the Park Village area.

The purpose of the S. Carroll Avenue project is to replace the current asphalt lanes with concrete. These efforts will improve mobility by ensuring that the roadway will be comprised of the same material. Concrete is more durable and sustainable than asphalt and is better for long-term use.

As of last week, crews have been on-site digging up asphalt on the surface as well as 12 inches below the surface in order to reset a firm sub-base to replace the asphalt with concrete. All the sub-base will be dug up first, and once all the sub-base has been completed, the concrete pouring process will begin.

As a part of the construction project, S. Carroll Avenue between Zena Rucker Road and La Paloma Drive has been closed until completion. Vinebrook Lane at S. Carroll Avenue is also closed, but only for four weeks.

Winding Lake Boulevard will be entrance-only from December 14 – December 18.

Construction equipment is currently stored along the closed southbound lane of S. Carroll Avenue and Cool River Drive. Driveways along Cool River Drive will not be blocked.

The entire project is expected to last two months, weather permitting.

These improvements are a part of the 2030 Master Mobility Plan with an estimated cost of $427,272.

For more information about mobility projects in Southlake and updates on mobility news, follow the Southlake Mobility Facebook page.