Sunday, September 26, 2021

Continental Blvd. Resurfacing Project Complete

Motorists can now enjoy a much smoother ride on Continental Blvd. thanks to the partnership between the City of Southlake and Tarrant County Precinct No. 3.

The nearly three-mile project spanned from Davis Blvd. east to 600 feet past the Byron Nelson Parkway intersection.

Continental Blvd Resurfacing MSN Interior Photo4“With this being such a busy area of the City, we’re glad to have this project completed on time,” said Public Works Director Rob Cohen. “These types of improvements are important for improving mobility in Southlake. Helping people get around as efficiently and safely as possible is always going to be one of our top priorities.”

Southlake Public Works Streets Division, along with Tarrant County, completed the three phase project that included milling, asphalt resurfacing and striping and pavement marking. The new pavement markings will help increase visibility and safety for motorists and pedestrians. Continental Blvd Resurfacing MSN Interior Photo1

In March 2018, City Council approved moving forward with the $450,000 investment. The annual joint project with Tarrant County serves as a cost savings to the city.

A project to complete the remaining portion of Continental Blvd. from Byron Nelson Parkway to S. Kimball Ave. will be included as part of the FY 2019 Budget.

Learn more about roadway projects in Southlake here.

Landscaping is in on FM 1938

The median landscaping on FM 1938 is starting to come together as the City’s contractor wraps up its work.

Meanwhile, the contractor continues to prepare for the construction of the Myers Meadow screening wall. Once construction of the screening wall begins, lane closures will be in place for the duration of the project.

The lane re-configuration at the north end of FM 1938, north of Beam Drive, is still in place as the drainage improvements are ongoing. Drivers can expect the lane switch to remain in place until further notice.

As a reminder, while construction work is being completed, the entire FM 1938 corridor is considered a construction zone and the current speed limit of 30 mph will remain in place until the project is complete.

Stay up-to-date with construction updates by following the Southlake Mobility page on Facebook.

FM 1938 Landscape Median

New landscaping in on FM 1938

FM 1938 Landscape Trees

New trees in on FM 1938

April 2018 FM 1938 Road Construction Updates

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.

FM 1938 Update: Work Started on Underground Drainage Structure

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.

FM 1938 WORK ZONEMotorists 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.

TxDot Confirms Anticipated Completion of Davis Boulevard to be Summer 2017

TxDot now confirms anticipated completion of the Davis (FM 1938) Boulevard project will be Summer 2017.

TxDot recently confirmed substantial completion of the Davis (FM 1938) and Southlake (FM 1709) intersection by the end of the year. TxDot states that reconstruction is substantially complete with all through lanes on FM 1709 open, and that some work is still ongoing on the north side of the intersection and occasional lane closures will still be necessary. TxDot also says that sometime in January, weather permitting, that all other lanes at the intersection will be open when the taper to one lane north of the intersection is moved further to the north.

TxDOT has informed the City that a traffic switch on Davis will occur on Friday, December 30th. Northbound traffic will be routed to the newly completed pavement.

TxDOT uses social media accounts (created in September of this year) to aid with the communication of road closures and progress updates to Davis Boulevard. You can “like” the FM1938Mobility page on Facebook or “follow” FM1938Mobility on Twitter for the latest updates.

The City of Southlake will continue to keep you updated through the City of Southlake, TX – Government Facebook page and City of Southlake Twitter page.  You can also find information at the Southlake DPS Facebook page and the Southlake DPS Twitter page. Also, information will be updated on the City’s FM 1938 Road Construction page. If you have questions specific to the construction, please contact Stephen Ranft from TxDOT at 817-462-0520 or Alex Ayala from the City of Southlake at 817-748-8274.

Davis Boulevard Intersection: Just a Few More Weeks!

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Austin-Bridge and Road have confirmed substantial completion of the Davis (FM 1938) and Southlake (FM 1709) Boulevard intersection by the end of this year.

The City of Southlake over the past year and a half has received dozens of phone calls, e-mails, and social media posts with feedback on the Davis Boulevard construction. “We understand how difficult this construction project has made driving in that area, and we appreciate everyone’s patience,” says Director of Public Works, Rob Cohen.

TxDOT is making improvements to Davis Blvd, and it is the largest construction project in the City of Southlake. The Davis Blvd construction is a two-phase construction project. Phase 1 was completed in Fall of 2012, and it runs through Westlake. Phase 1 has a six-lane divided roadway with raised curb medians to Randol Mill Road. Phase 2 is what is presently being constructed. The construction for Phase 2 began in March of 2015. Phase 2 will include a four-lane roadway with raised curb medians from Randol Mill Road to Southlake Blvd. The improvements at the intersection of Davis and Southlake Blvd will provide dual left turn lanes to enhance mobility through the intersection.

Austin-Bridge and Road is presently working towards finishing the pavements markings in order to be able to open up all three through lanes for the westbound and eastbound directions of travel.

TxDOT recently maximized the timing of the signal at the Davis and Southlake Blvd intersection. According to TxDOT, the current timing is the maximum allowable time needed in order to keep traffic flowing between all intersections from Pearson Road to SH 114 along Southlake Blvd, and any more increases in time in either direction of the intersection will only cause delays at other intersections along the Southlake Blvd corridor.

TxDOT uses social media accounts (created in September of this year) to aid with the communication of road closures and progress updates to Davis Boulevard. You can “like” the FM1938Mobility page on Facebook or “follow” FM1938Mobility on Twitter for the latest updates.

The City of Southlake will continue to keep you updated through the City of Southlake, TX – Government Facebook page and City of Southlake Twitter page.  You can also find information at the Southlake DPS Facebook page and the Southlake DPS Twitter page. Also, information will be updated on the City’s FM 1938 Road Construction page. If you have questions specific to the construction, please contact Stephen Ranft from TxDOT at 817-462-0520 or Alex Ayala from the City of Southlake at 817-748-8274.

FM 1938 Update – Construction Plans for Saturday and Lovegrass Lane to re-open Monday, July 25

The limits of the work planned for Saturday, July 23, 2016.

The limits of the work planned for Saturday, July 23, 2016.

TxDOT has provided the following updates to the FM 1938 widening project.

Expected Work for Saturday, July 23, 2016:

Various lane closures are planned on FM 1938, between Fawkes Lane and Randol Mill Avenue (north end of project limits) from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2016 (see map).  TxDOT contractors plan to install concrete pavement in this area and will need to close lanes to ensure the safety of their workers.  Motorists should also use caution when traveling through the area.

Lovegrass Lane to Open: 

The previously closed Lovegrass Lane is expected to open some time after 9:00am on Monday, July 25, 2016.  The planned roadway construction has been completed ahead of schedule.

For question about the FM 1938 project, please contact Stephen Ranft, TxDOT Mobility Coordinator, at fm1938mobility@gmail.com or 817-462-0520.

TxDOT to Begin FM 1938 Improvements

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FM 1938 Improvements project overview. Click on image for printable copy.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will soon start making improvements to FM1938 at the Davis Boulevard/Southlake Boulevard intersection.  The improvements will include constructing dual left-turn lanes in all directions of the Davis Boulevard/Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709) intersection. The goal of this construction is to improve traffic flow through the intersection and to help ease traffic congestion along Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709) and FM 1938.  The image on the right provides a broad project overview.

Traffic flow and congestion at this intersection was one of the most talked about items during the 2013 Citizen’s Survey. At the time the survey was being conducted, design of the Davis Boulevard/Southlake Boulevard intersection was underway as part of the FM 1938 Roadway Project.  Since then, significant work has been done along FM 1938 to prepare for this construction, such as the City water & sewer utility relocation. This intersection work represents the next major step in the FM 1938 Phase II project.

For more detailed information about this project, please visit the FM 1938 Phase II project page on the City of Southlake website. For specific questions about the FM 1938 construction project, contact:

Stephen Ranft, TxDOT Mobility Coordinator
Office: 817-462-0520
Email: fm1938mobility@gmail.com

Flashing Yellow Left-Turn Arrows Arrive in Southlake

flashing-yellow-arrowUPDATE 6/25/2014:  TxDOT installation of flashing yellow arrow (FYA) traffic signals on Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709) will begin this week, possibly as early as Tuesday, June 17, 2014.

The installation of the flashing yellow arrow signals will begin on the east side of Southlake Blvd and move westward towards Keller.  TxDOT contractors will be upgrading two to three intersections along Southlake Boulevard per day until the project is complete.

Commuters should expect slow moving traffic on Southlake Boulevard.  Installation of these new traffic lights is expected to last two weeks.

Once the traffic signals are operational, there are some important changes to be aware of:

  • During daytime hours, or “peak traffic times,” traffic signals along Southlake Blvd will be protected left turn signals that have the capability of changing into Flashing Yellow Arrow (FYA) left-turn signals.
  • At night, during the “off-peak” hours, most traffic signals will have the flashing yellow turn signals.

There is one exception:

  • The Davis Blvd/ Southlake Blvd (FM 1709) intersection will remain a protected left AT ALL TIMES due to high traffic volumes and the need to maintain motorist safety.

The installation of the new flashing yellow left-turn arrows traffic signals will improve safety and mobility along Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709).  In fact, a Federal Highway Administration study demonstrated that flashing yellow left-turn arrow traffic signals help prevent crashes, move more traffic through intersections, and provide additional traffic management flexibility.

For information about this project, please visit the project page here. If you have any questions, please contact Val Lopez III, TxDOT Public Information Officer at 817-370-6630.