More roadwork for FM 1709 is headed your way! TxDOT contractors recently wrapped up Phase 1 of resurfacing the area from US-377 to west of Davis Boulevard this summer. Now they are ready to move forward with Phase 2 of the project and will be onsite starting Sunday, October 20 at 7 p.m. to mill and resurface all travel lanes from both directions of Southlake Boulevard from west of Davis Boulevard/1938 to SH 114.
No daytime lane closures are expected for this work to minimize the impact to the commuting public during peak traffic hours.
This project should be completed in 8-10 weeks, weather permitting.
You can get more project details from the TxDOT project tracker page here.
As always, visit the Southlake Mobility Facebook page for project updates as well.
Overnight work continues at the intersection of Davis Boulevard and Southlake Boulevard.
Workers are preparing the area for asphalt pavement overlay. Drivers can expect night time closures in the area for the next several weeks. Various night time lane closures can be expected at this location over the next several weeks.
Work is also going north of the intersection in preparation of new retaining wall between Wildwood Way, Brookforest and the new southbound lanes.
The FM 1938 Phase II project has seen some significant progress over the last several months, reaching some important milestones in the process.
For commuters traveling east and west bound along Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709), the work at the intersection at FM 1938 has become an all too familiar, if frustrating sight -slow traffic during morning and evening rush hours, long lines of cars waiting to turn in all directions at the intersection and traffic signals that don’t seem to be able move all the cars in a speedy manner.
As the frustration grows, so do the criticisms of the project. From the comments the City receives via it’s social media and, more recently, the 2015 Citizen Satisfaction Survey, there are many who believe: “that too little is being done by TxDOT”; “that it’s a mess”; and “that it’s making things worse.” One common topic of criticism however, is that the FM 1938 Phase 2 project, which is expected to be done in 2017, isn’t showing any significant progress in reaching that completion date.
Since the project’s start in April 2015 however, TxDOT contractors have been working daily along northbound FM 1938 and the intersection of FM 1938/Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709)- usually during off-peak hours and nights as to avoid making the traffic situation any worse. In that time, new asphalt has been laid, the installation of drainage is on-going, and the widening of segments of the road – such as near Johnson Road, Florence Road, and Beam Drive – is underway. Overall, that work north along FM 1938 represents significant progress on this project.
Recently, some news was shared regarding the time table for the completion of the intersection work at FM 1938 and Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709). “Our hope is that by the end of the Summer 2016… this intersection should be completed” said former Southlake Public Works Director Bob Price at the February 16, 2016 City Council Meeting during a discussion of capital project updates. This optimism is fueled by the significant work completed so far- such as some of the under ground drainage and the paving that has begun at the intersection – and TxDOTs own time table for the completion of the intersection work. And although the date isn’t set in stone, it does represent a light at the end of the tunnel that one of the biggest sources of traffic congestion could be finished in the next several months.
As we more forward, keep in mind that significant works remains and that this construction will continue to challenge motorists’ patience during the morning and evening rush hours. It’s with that in mind that we offer some helpful hints:
The last point is crucial in getting through these growing pains. The City is doing what we can to make residents aware of the progress of the project via MySouthlakeNews.com, Facebook and Twitter. TxDOT also provides periodic updates via the firstname.lastname@example.org email list – sign up to keep up to date on the latest in the FM 1938 construction project.
TxDOT has closed the southbound right lane at the Southlake Boulevard intersection as of 9:00 am to pave at the northwest corner of the intersection. This closure is expected to last until approximately 3:30 pm, Saturday, February 27, 2016.
In addition, the Chase Bank/Sprouts driveway has been closed for demolition. Motorists need to use the Carpe Diem driveway further north (see map).
TxDOT construction along FM 1938 continues the week of December 20th with the installation of storm drains between Florence Road and Fawkes Lane.
Beginning Tuesday, December 22, 2015, TxDOT crews will be installing underground storm drains along FM 1938 between Florence Road and Fawkes Lane. Lane closures are planned on this section of FM 1938 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m . Work is expected to be complete by end of day Wednesday, December 23, 2015.
Traffic will be affected for the duration of this closure and delays are likely due to the need to close down various lanes. Please exercise caution when traveling in the area and plan travel accordingly. Please remember: Lane closures and traffic switches are subject to changes due to weather and schedule.
For information about the FM 1938 roadway expansion, please click here. For questions, contract Stephen Ranft, TxDOT Mobility Coordinator, at email@example.com or 817-462-0520.