Sunday, June 20, 2021

Orange Barrel Alert: Lane Closures at Kimball Ave, North of SH 26

Update 2/9/2018: TexRail decided to take a different approach to this project. Please visit our updated article from 1/30/2018 for current project details.  Kimball Avenue at SH 26 is scheduled to re-opened on February 22, 2018.

Starting Monday, January 15, there will be inside lane closures on Kimball Avenue, north of State Highway 26.

Fort Worth Transportation Authority’s contractor will close down the inside lanes of Kimball Avenue near the railroad crossing, just north of State Highway 26, to install new paving and facilities in preparation of the installation of the new rails for the Tex Rail Project.

This configuration will leave the outside lanes, a single lane in each direction, open to traffic for the duration of Phase 1 of this project.  Phase 1 is anticipated to last until February 13.

Please contact Southlake Public Works with any questions at (817) 748-8098.

Map of Kimball Ave and SH 26 Closure

 

New Traffic Signal at Kimball and Continental

New Traffic Signal at the Kimball/Continental Intersection

New Traffic Signal at the Kimball/Continental Intersection

There’s a new signal at Kimball Avenue and Continental Boulevard.

Motorists may have noticed work being done at the South Kimball Avenue and East Continental Boulevard intersection.

For the last few months, contractors have been installing a brand new traffic signal at this intersection. Recently, the light poles have gone up and the signal has entered flashing mode. The signal is expected to be fully activated by Wednesday, September 2, 2015.

The new signal will provide increased safety at this intersection and will help accommodate the increase in traffic in the area due to new development.

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

Orange Barrel Alert – Roadway Work on N. Kimball Avenue

Approximate area where the work will be done

Approximate area where the work will be done

Beginning today, May 19, 2015, work will be done to replace road panels on North Kimball Avenue near Patterson’s Pond.

Crews will need to saw cut and replace existing roadway panels on the northbound lanes due to cracking in the existing concrete. This work will impact traffic in the area and motorists traveling northbound near the construction can expect alternating lane closures for approximately two weeks (weather permitting).

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

Please follow the City’s Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on this, and other projects.

Kimball Oaks Development Construction Update

New Village Center access to Dawson Middle School

New Village Center access to Dawson Middle School

Motorists, traveling from Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709) heading south on Kimball Avenue, have no doubt noticed the construction currently happening along this stretch of roadway.

Since late-May 2014, contractors for the Kimball Oaks development have worked diligently constructing a number of improvements in preparation for this new retail site, such as wall removal and the construction of deceleration lanes at the intersection of Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709) and South Kimball Avenue. Currently, work crews are busy with median reconstruction and concrete pouring near Dawson Middle School. And although the construction isn’t quite done, we greatly appreciate your co-operation during this process and we thank you for your patience as well.

With these two most recent projects, the median reconstruction and concrete pouring, in addition to the construction happening on Village Center Drive, there has been some concern how drivers will access Dawson Middle School when school starts on August 25th.   However, according to project engineers, all of the projects are scheduled to be complete before the start of school.

The Public Works department along with the Southlake Police department are working closely with the contractor to get the work completed as quickly as possible with minimal traffic impacts.

“The Southlake Police will be monitoring the situation so that traffic will continue to flow as smoothly as possible,” said Police Chief Steve Mylett.  “We will also be ready to step in if needed to expedite the safe flow of traffic.

Here is what drivers can anticipate the week of August 18th.

  • Early in the week, new concrete will be poured for the Village Center access.
  • By mid-week, the old entrance will be barricaded and signage will go up, including electronic message boards, directing school-related traffic onto the new Village Center access.

The City of Southlake is committed to providing residents with progress reports on the Kimball Oaks Development construction via the City’s Facebook, Twitter, and DPS webpages. So please check these sources periodically for updates.  If you have questions specific to the construction, please contact Steve Anderson, P.E. at 817-748-8101.

Orange Barrel Alert – Concrete Pouring on Kimball Avenue

Starting at 7:00 am on Friday, August 15, the inside lanes of Kimball Avenue, from Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709) south to Dawson Middle School, will be closed for concrete pours for the reconstructed medians. The work will last through the morning and into the afternoon, with lanes expected to reopened by 3:00 p.m.

Motorists should use caution when traveling in the area.

Kimball and Southlake blvd

North Kimball Avenue and Kirkwood Boulevard to Dove Road Construction Begins Mid-September

The widening of the final section of Kimball Avenue from Kirkwood Boulevard to Dove Road is about to begin. Following extensive prep-work, such as acquiring all of the rights of way and relocating gas and electric utilities, the City Council awarded a construction contract to Pavecon, LTD at their August 20, 2013 regular meeting.  Construction is anticipated to begin mid-September and will last a year.

The widening of this final stretch along Kimball will be a significant construction project and will transform Kimball in a few important ways:

  • Widening of the road means that traffic flow will be improved.
  • Safety along Kimball will be enhanced with a better surface quality of the road, improved drainage for water runoff (which reduces the likelihood of flooding) and the installation of new street lights along the road.

As construction begins, travelers are likely to experience inconveniences along the Kimball corridor—slow traffic, congestion, or general traffic delays. The City is committed to maintaining two lanes of traffic open (one in each direction) and continuous access to all existing driveways, but delays may be likely. It’s with that in mind that the City respectfully asks that all travelers along Kimball remain patient throughout this process.

During construction, it is also imperative drivers:

  • Observe construction zone warning signs
  • Follow and obey designated traffic control devices (traffic lights, traffic signs, etc.).

An important goal of the project is to minimize inconvenience to motorists and to help protect those individuals working on the project. By observing construction zone warning signs and obeying traffic control devices, that goal can be achieved.

The Kimball project is important for the City of Southlake. The improvements along Kimball showcase a commitment to safety and a willingness to address the needs of a growing population. More importantly, the fact the project is a partnership between Southlake and Grapevine highlights a commitment to work with other cities to tackle regional problems and, ultimately, reduce costs for the City’s residents related to large-scale construction projects.

For more information regarding the North Kimball Avenue Improvement Project, please contact Steven Anderson, P.E. in the Public Works Department at 817-748-8098. For additional information about N. Kimball Avenue project, please visit the project web page.