Sunday, September 26, 2021

Construction Update: FM 1938

We recently received a couple of questions about the status of the road construction project on FM 1938 and wanted to provide an update. First, thank you for your patience with us as we continue to work with TxDOT on this project. We understand the inconvenience and look forward to the completion of the project.

While it may seem that the project has been completed, there are still a few significant tasks that remain.

Landscaping along the corridor

The landscape installation is almost done from Florence Road south. City staff is working with the contractor hired by TxDOT to ensure landscape work is completed and in line with the contract requirements.

Myers Meadow subdivision screening wall

Another part of the project that still remains is the construction of a stonework screening wall on the east side of FM 1938 along the Myers Meadow subdivision. The project team has encountered a number of construction issues with the proposed screening wall. The design engineer has been working with the TxDOT’s contractor to resolve the issues. Once crews are ready to begin construction, there will be periodic lane closures.

Underground drainage structure north of Beam Drive

Construction of a large underground drainage structure north of Beam Drive was included in the overall project to provide flood protection for the properties downstream of FM 1938. Unexpected site conditions and historic rain fall caused complications during the original paving operations. After extensive investigation, TxDOT decided to go with a completely different type of construction. This change has caused unexpected design and funding delays. At this point, there is not a schedule for the reconstruction of this drainage system; however it remains a top priority for TxDOT.

While all of this work is being completed, the entire corridor is considered a construction zone and the construction speed limit will remain posted until the project is completed. The speed limit will be adjusted when the project is complete.

Thank you again for your patience during this project. If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 817-748-8098.

FM 1938 Construction Update – Beam Road Closes

TXDOT_2000px-300x244Work on FM 1938 continues the week of September 20, 2015 with lane closures and a road access closure at Beam Road.

Beginning today, Tuesday September 22, 2015, Beam Road at FM 1938 will closed to through traffic to perform underground storm drainage installation. Work is expected to last about a week (weather permitting) and motorists are asked to seek alternate routes during this period.

In addition to the closure of Beam Road, various lane closures are planned on FM 1938 near Randol Mill Avenue  from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22 to place temporary lane striping for an upcoming traffic switch. Motorists should exercise caution when traveling in the area and expect delays while the work is being done.

One final reminder: Please avoid running, walking, or biking in the construction zone. Your safety matters.

For questions about the FM 1938 project, please contact TxDOT Mobility Coordinator Stephen Ranft at or 817-462-0520.

Orange Barrel Alert – Waterline Installations at West Bob Jones Road and Lake Drive/Burney Lane

Construction are for waterline replacement

Construction are for waterline replacement

Updated: 3/23/15 to include additional work sites and map

Starting the week of March 23, 2015, City contractors will begin installing a 12-inch waterline at West Bob Jones Road, from TW King Road to North White Chapel. Crews also plan to replace an existing two-inch waterline with an eight-inch waterline connector at Lake Drive/Burney Lane and Palo Duro/Lonesome Dove Road.

Both projects are tiered recommendations in the Southlake 2030 Water Master Plan and will ensure that water demands are met in growing and developing areas, to eliminate dead end lines in the service system and to ensure adequate fire flow in case of emergencies.

Waterline installation along W. Bob Jones Road

Waterline installation along W. Bob Jones Road

The projects, which will be confined along West Bob Jones Road and Lonesome Dove Road up to Burney Lane to the east (see map), respectively, should have minimal traffic  impact.   Flaggers will be on site in the event of lane closures, however; and the City will communicate any potential closures via My Southlake News and its social media channels.

For more information, please visit the West Bob Jones Road project page here; and the Lake Drive/Burney Lane project page here.

For questions, please contact Alex Ayala, P.E. at 817-748-8274.

Orange Barrel Alert – Waterline Installation for The Marq Southlake

Water Line Installation

Area of waterline installation. (Click for larger image)

Beginning Thursday, November 13, 2014, work crews will be installing a water service line as part of the construction of the new community recreation center – The Marq Southlake.

The the work to install the water service line will occur along Shady Oaks Drive, near the construction site, and is expected to be complete by Saturday, November 22, 2014 (weather permitting).

Work crews will be placing barricades near the construction zone and motorists should expect daily lane closures related to this project. Motorists should be aware that crews will be onsite directing traffic through the work zone at both ends using “slow” paddles.

For information about The Marq Southlake, please visit the project page here.  For questions about the water line installation, please contact the Public Works Department at 817-748-8098.

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Rendering of the The Marq Southlake. Waterline installation will take place during mid-November 2014.


Orange Barrel Alert – Sewer Line Inspections on Randol Mill Avenue

Randol Mill Sewer InspectionBeginning Wednesday, October 29, 2014 and continuing through Thursday, October 30, 2014, City contractors will be inspecting a sewer line on Randol Mill Avenue between Hillside Court and Gifford Court.

This segment of Randol Mill will be reduced to one lane north and southbound for the duration of the work. Flaggers will be on scene. Please exercise caution when traveling along this segment of Randol Mill Avenue.

The inspection is part of the FM 1938 Water and Sewer Utility Relocation project and is an important final step before moving on to road widening associated with the  FM 1938 Phase II project. Work will be done from 9:00am to 3:00pm both days (weather permitting).

For questions about this project, please contact Alex Ayala, P.E. at 817-748-8274.

Orange Barrel Alert – Lane Closures on Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709)

The Park Village developer will be making median improvements on Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709), near the new Tower Boulevard signal next to Fresh Market and extending to Carroll Avenue, beginning today at 9:00 a.m. Eastbound and westbound inside lanes will be closed during the construction, daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Work is expected to be complete by the end of this week.

Please exercise caution when traveling along Southlake Boulevard near the construction area. We appreciate your patience during these daily lane closures.

If you have questions specific to the construction, please contact Alex Ayala, P.E. at 817-748-8274.

Orange Barrel Alert – Illuminated Street Name Sign Installation

ILSN ConceptIn August, we informed you regarding the installation of the the Illuminated Street Name (ILSN) signs going up at the intersections along Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709).  However, some unforeseen challenges resulted in the project’s delay.  Beginning this month, the ILSN project will resume.

On Saturday, October 18, 2014, the City’s contractor Durable Specialties Inc will begin installing the Illuminated Street Name Signs ( ILSNs) at the intersections along Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709). Motorists should expect rolling lane closures on Southlake Boulevard from October 18 through the week of October 20th while the signs are installed.  Installation will take about a week (weather permitting). The contractor will have two to three crews working in an effort to expedite the project and limit the duration of lane closures.

Motorists are asked to use caution when traveling along Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709) during the installation.  For more information about the Illuminated Street Name Signs, please visit the project page. For questions about the project, please contact Steve Anderson, P.E., C.F.M in the Public Works Department at 817-748-8101.

Pressure Regulating Valve Project Nearing Completion

Earlier this year, we informed Southlake residents of plans to install Pressure Regulating Valves (PRVs)  at various locations around the City as part of the Southlake 2030 Water Master Plan. A third party consultant was hired and conducted a water model computer analysis for the City’s water infrastructure network and identified five areas within the high pressure plane which have marginal capabilities during fire flow situations. Beginning in February of this year, work to install the PRVs at these locations (see map for locations) officially began.

The Pressure Regulating Valves are a Tier 1 project aimed at improving City water flow during firefighting emergencies.The PRVs are designed to detect the changes in pressure between the high pressure and low pressure planes and electronically adjust the water flow to supplement the availability of water during a critical need situation. “The low pressure plane has historically been a concern for the Fire Department if we were to have a significant fire on the East end of town,” according to Deputy Fire Chief Wade Carroll. “The addition of the new pressure regulating valves will ensure that there is sufficient pressure to fight a large fire in an area of town that has historically been a concern,” he adds.

Over the next several months, five (5), 6 foot by 9 foot vaults were installed at the identified locations and connections were made to existing 12” and 20” water lines that sit on the border of the high and low pressure planes. Beginning this week, we saw the final piece of this project going up – the above ground antennas. The antennas are a critical last component to this project and serve an important role in ensuring consistent water flow during fire emergencies. During a fire, for example, an electronic signal can be sent to water personnel letting them know whether the valve is open or closed.  Water personnel can then make adjustments to the pumps remotely via the City’s SCADA system should additional water pressure be required in order to aid the fire department as needed.  “Effective fire flow is greatly influenced by the water pressure within Southlake’s water system,” notes Deputy Chief Carroll, and the antennas will ensure that pressure is constant during such emergencies.

For additional information about the Pressure Regulating Valves, visit the project page here. For questions about the project, please contact Alex Ayala, P.E. at 817-748-8274.

PRV Antenna Locations

PRV Antenna Locations

Orange Barrel Alert – Storm Drain Installation on S. Kimball Avenue near Continental Boulevard

UPDATE: 9/23/2014

Starting tomorrow evening, September 24th the northbound, outside lane of S. Kimball Avenue near Varios Systems and the intersection of Continental Boulevard will be closed to allow for curing of new concrete. Traffic heading north will need to use the northbound inside lane in this area.

On Thursday evening, September 25th the northbound, inside lane of S. Kimball Avenue near Varios Systems will be closed to pour and cure concrete.  The outside lane will be open to northbound traffic.

Construction is expected to be complete with both lanes open on Friday, September 26th.


Starting Tuesday, September 16, 2014, the northbound outside lane of S. Kimball Avenue near Varios Systems (see map) and the intersection of Continental Blvd, will be shut down intermittently so work crews can install a storm drain connection for the Legends of Southlake Development.


Work is expected to be take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. Work is expected to be complete September 26, 2014–weather permitting.

Please be cautious when traveling this area. 

For questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 817-748-8098.