Construction crews continue to make progress on the N. White Chapel Culvert crossing bridge.
The road has been closed since late September when heavy rain and floodwater caused structural damage.
While the weather has improved, several environmental factors have caused some delays. City staff along with construction crews devised a plan to help continue progress.
“We made adjustments to the piling in an attempt to drain the creek quicker, as pumping typically occurs rather slowly,” explained Deputy Director of Public Works and City Engineer, Kyle Hogue. “We have also resumed excavation of the west upstream headwall.”
While construction has been underway since just after Thanksgiving, the city is working to potentially prevent future damages during inclement weather.
A few weeks ago Council Member John Huffman visited the site. “This short term solution is making everything safe, making everything drivable, in really the shortest timeframe possible” stated Council Member John Huffman in his Facebook Live video. Check out the video to get an up-close look at construction.
Work continues on the repair on the privately owned Park Village Fountains. Owned by ShopCore Properties, the fountains experienced extensive plumbing and robotic problems starting in 2017. The most recent repairs have been ongoing on since early summer.
After evaluating their plans, the City has recently given the fountain contractors representing ShopCore permission to continue the repair work. The most recent repairs include the installation of a cover plate that sits at the bottom of the fountain to allow easier and more efficient access to the fountain’s mechanical equipment. In order to perform this work and to ensure the fountain functions safely, the City required the submission of engineered plans detailing the proposed work and the issuance of an electrical permit.
“We’ve been getting a lot of questions from residents about how the repairs are progressing and when they will be complete,” said Planning and Development Services Senior Director Ken Baker. “The contractors have submitted the necessary plans and permits and this week were given permission to continue with the repair work. However, the City has not been provided a timetable on when all necessary repair work will be completed and the fountain will once again be fully functional.”
The Southlake City Council approved the privately-owned lighted fountains as part of the Park Village development in 2013.
As Champions Club construction makes progress, membership sales are taking off. After a little more than one week of membership sales, Champions Club already has more than 360 new members. Membership sales started on August 23, 2018.
“The building is really starting to take shape. We’re excited with the progress that has been made,” said Chris Tribble, director of Community Services. “Our new members are having an easier time picturing themselves using the facility when they drive by.”
Although weather delays are always taken into consideration in construction projects, Champions Club is currently at 60 percent completion and expected to open by late 2018.
“Taking rainfall from early August in North Texas into consideration, we are working with the contractor to qualify and quantify time lost and whether any of the time is compensatory,” stated Rob Cohen, the director of public works for the City of Southlake
Work continues throughout the site as mechanical, electrical, plumbing and underground utility work progresses. On the exterior of Champions Club, work has begun on the soffit and smooth textured finishes, and the veneer is nearly complete. The interior of the building is starting to take shape, with window installation and sheetrock installation in progress. The pool base was poured in early August as well.
The final phase of development of The Marq Southlake will result in 82,000 square feet of state-of-the-art amenities and fitness equipment, including a fitness center, a gymnasium with two full courts, an indoor pool with sauna and spa, and much more.
Memberships can be purchased online or in-person at our sales office located at Legends Hall at The Marq, 285 Shady Oaks Dr. For membership details, please visit the Champions Club website. If you have any questions, please call us at 817-748-8955.
The City has some updated information about road construction on FM 1938.
First, the relocation of utilities along the Myer’s Meadow subdivision is scheduled to start this week which will allow the construction of the screening wall located on the east side of FM 1938 to commence. Lane closures are expected for the duration of the screening wall construction.
TxDOT’s contractor is approximately 30% complete with the underground drainage structure north of Beam Drive. The structure is being constructed to provide flood protection for the properties downstream of FM 1938.
This northern portion of the project is expected to be complete by next winter.
Also, the City and TxDOT are working on a way to ease congestion at the intersection of Southlake Boulevard and FM 1938. A recent Facebook post asked about right-turn-only lane at northbound FM 1938 at Southlake Boulevard. The recently modified TxDOT signal at this intersection was not designed to accommodate a northbound, right turn only lane as was the case before the modifications. The staff has received a number of questions and observed significant back-ups due to the current configuration. After discussions with TxDOT, staff engaged a consultant to study the intersection and provide recommendations for modifications to the traffic signal to make it operate more efficiently. Reinstatement of the FM 1938 northbound right-turn-only lane is certainly one of the options being explored. There is no timeline for the signal modifications at this point however our consultant is currently working on deliverables for TxDOT. We will keep you updated.
Keep in mind that while all of this work is being completed, the entire corridor is considered a construction zone and the construction speed limit of 30 mph will remain in place until the project is complete.
On Monday, December 11 heavy excavation for the construction of an underground drainage structure north of Beam Drive started.
Construction of a large underground drainage structure north of Beam Drive was included in the overall construction project to provide flood protection for the properties downstream of FM 1938. Unexpected site conditions and historic rain fall caused complications during and after the original installation of these facilities resulting in an extensive investigation. The findings led TxDOT to select a totally different product and type of construction for the replacement of these facilities.
Motorists should expect that storm drain construction will take place behind the existing barricades between Beam Drive and Randol Mill. No lane closures will be necessary; however, construction crews will need to periodically stop traffic to allow vehicles and equipment to enter the work area.
Thank you for your patience during this project. If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 817-748-8098.
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.
The City of Southlake is many steps closer to the completion of the new DPS North Training Facility to be located at the northeast corner of E. Dove Rd. and N. White Chapel Blvd. Recent advances include a 40% completion rate and the purchase of a new fire engine apparatus.
The team on this project is currently installing interior framing and retention walls, bricking, and finishing roof trusses. Firing range walls and the concrete deck have been completed, and the team is working closely with neighbors regarding construction concerns and wall/fence installations.
The new fire engine (A Pierce Quantum Pumper from Siddons-Martin Emergency Group) will be purchased to complete the DPS North Training Facility following the Council’s approval on February 19th. This engine will be stationed and staffed at the facility on a full-time bases and will provide Fire and EMS coverage to the northern part of the City.
This purchase was budgeted in the FY 2013 Strategic Initiative Fund. For more information on the DPS North Training Facility project, visit its information page at CityofSouthlake.com.