Thursday, June 17, 2021

Comprehensive Plan Envisions the Future of Southlake

The City of Southlake develops many of its Comprehensive Plan elements in-house. The Comprehensive Plan is the City of Southlake’s playbook that defines the City’s goals related to capital projects and facilities, City programs and resource allocation. The plan is aligned with the City’s strategic vision for the future of Southlake.

The projects and programs that are now visible in the community were planned years in advance. The Comprehensive Plan is a living document that is constantly adapted and updated every few years. To create the plan, City staff works with various City boards and commissions, Southlake residents and stakeholders, and the City Council.

Some of the Comprehensive Plan recommendations that have been completed this past year include the Zena Rucker Road expansion and roundabout art, N. White Chapel Boulevard roundabout, Continental Boulevard sidewalk, I Believe in Southlake mural, National Preparedness Month education, Solar Panel ordinance, Town Square sign ordinance, family quarters ordinance and a tourism market study.

Continental Sidewalk

 

I Believe In Southlake Mural

I Believe In Southlake Mural

 

N. White Chapel Boulevard Roundabout

N. White Chapel Boulevard Roundabout

 

Zena Rucker Roundabout and Extension

Zena Rucker Roundabout and Extension

 

The Parks Master Plan is currently in development as part of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan. Staff is working with the City’s Parks and Recreation Board and Southlake residents on developing recommendations to incorporate into the plan. If you’re interested in contributing ideas, attend the Parks and Recreation Board meeting. The City of Southlake estimates the plan to be finalized in summer 2021.

For more information about the Comprehensive Plan, individual plan elements, or to comment on the plan, visit our Comprehensive Plan webpage.

Continental Sidewalk is Now Open!

Let’s get ready to go for a walk because Continental Sidewalk is open!

The sidewalk creates a loop, connecting Continental Boulevard to FM 1709, S. Kimball Avenue and S. Carroll Avenue. The newly added path is about six feet wide with handicap accessible ramps and handrails in several locations.

When you plan your walking route, you will notice how easy it will be to walk from your home to parks, schools and shopping areas.

Building quality sidewalks infrastructure has always been a priority for the City to enhance safety, efficiency and contribute to the quality of life, health and wellness of the community.

The City installs and maintains several miles of sidewalks to provide connectivity and accessibility throughout Southlake. Plans to develop future sidewalk segments are included in the 2030 Master Mobility Plan and are online.

The Continental Sidewalk project is part of the City’s Mobility Master Plan. This portion of the plan is estimated to cost $317,000.

For more information on the Continental Boulevard Project, visit our website.

Countdown to Continental

Grab your walking shoes because the Continental Sidewalk will be open soon.

The four-mile sidewalk trail will loop all the way around connecting FM 1709, S. Kimball Avenue and S. Carroll Avenue giving pedestrians easy access to parks, businesses, neighborhoods and multiple schools.

Over the last few weeks, contractors have cleaned up and added the finishing touches to landscaping and culvert crossings. Only a few minor details remain. The handrail installation is almost complete and crossbars are expected to be installed next week.

This sidewalk segment is part of the City’s 2030 Mobility Master Plan, a plan that identifies opportunities to reduce traffic congestion while simultaneously promoting the needs of residents, businesses, visitors and pedestrians.

The Continental Sidewalk Project portion of the plan is estimated to cost $317,000 and funding was made within the General Fund’s City Pathways Program.

For updates on this and other Southlake Mobility projects, follow Southlake Mobility on Facebook and visit www.ConnectSouthlake.com.

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.

Connecting the Dots: The Future of Continental Sidewalk

Things are coming full circle on E. Continental Boulevard. The new sidewalk will create a loop connecting Continental Boulevard to FM 1709, S. Kimball Avenue and S. Carroll Avenue.  Soon, pedestrians will have access to schools, parks, shopping and residential areas.

This sidewalk project will improve mobility in the area by reducing traffic and allow easier access for pedestrians to walk between school and home during drop off and pick up times.

When the project is completed, the new walking path will be about six feet wide with handicap accessible ramps and handrails in several locations.

Future improvements to Continental Boulevard include:

The project is part of the City’s Mobility Master Plan. The Continental Sidewalk portion of the plan is estimated to cost $317,000.

For more information on the Continental Boulevard Project, visit our website.