The City of Southlake is finishing the month of March off strong with several mobility and construction improvement projects set to take place over the next few weeks.
If you’re a driver who regularly travels through these areas with ongoing construction, it’s important to remain vigilant and take extra precautions on the road.
Here’s the list and project details:
Drainage Improvements on San Saba Drive, March 27
Contractors will be on-site to install a storm line for the San Saba Drive Drainage Improvements Project on Monday, March 27, weather permitting. The closure will be conducted at the culvert crossing. Plans to detour traffic through Mission Drive to the Mission Hills neighborhood are set to occur. This project is expected to last approximately four to five weeks. Commuters should expect some traffic delays.
Asphalt Repair on Brumlow Avenue, March 27
The Public Works Streets Division will be on-site at the 1400 block of Brumlow Avenue starting Monday, March 27, through Tuesday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting. Traffic control procedures will take place throughout the project. One lane of traffic will remain open at all times.
Concrete Repair at the intersection of Lakeside Court and Westmont Drive, April 4- 7
Traffic improvements at the Lakeside Court and Westmont Drive intersection are set to occur on Tuesday, April 4, through Friday, April 7, weather permitting.
Contractors will be on-site to repair concrete at the intersection to make it easier for vehicles to transition into the turning lanes. One lane of traffic will remain open during the project.
Over the next few weeks, several projects will be taking place that could affect your daily commute. Here’s what’s going on and how it might impact your travels.
Utility work on Standhope Court
Southern Underground Texas utility company will be on-site at the 1200 block of Standhope Court on Saturday, March 4, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting, to connect a new sewer service to our existing infrastructure. Standhope Court will be closed for the day. A detour route will be available on Kimball Avenue, Cripple Creek Trail, and Shady Lane.
Asphalt Repair on S. White Chapel Boulevard
The Public Works Streets Division will be on-site to repair a pothole at the 300 block of S. White Chapel Boulevard on Monday, March 6, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting. One lane of traffic will remain open. Flaggers will be on-site to direct traffic. Please drive safely.
Utility Work on Grand Avenue
GD Construction Incorporated will be onsite adding to the new underground cable line in Town Square on Grand Avenue from Monday, March 6, to Thursday, March 9, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting. Contractors will start work underground from behind the Tesla store location and work their way to the rear of the Apple store. A section of parking on Grand Avenue will be closed until work is completed.
Fire Hydrant Install
GM Utilities and Concrete contractor will be adding a new water hydrant at the 1300 block of N. Kimball Avenue starting Monday, March 13, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting. One lane will be closed. The duration of this project will take two to three weeks.
Sometimes traveling on FM 1709 or other roads in Southlake can feel a bit like the old children’s game of my youth, Red Light, Green Light. Start….travel, travel, travel…Stop! The roads carry a high volume of traffic and can seem hard to navigate, but good traffic planning and control devices help keep everything as orderly as possible. The news gets even better when you have Miguel Palos and Trent Agan on your team. These two are focused on keeping the system operable and working smoothly. They come to work every day with the sole goal of keeping motorists moving and safe.
“Miguel and Trent do such a great job,” said Public Works Director Rob Cohen. “It takes technical expertise and skill, as well as a good relationship with our TXDOT colleagues, to maintain our system. They are capable and willing to do whatever is needed – day or night – to keep our traffic system working properly.”
Each of these employees has a strong professional background that has positioned them well to manage Southlake’s traffic. Palos joined the City as the Traffic Supervisor in January 2021. Prior to working for Southlake, Miguel worked for TXDOT, installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting traffic signals and illumination. He has also worked on networking and integrating intelligent transportation systems (ITS), traffic signals, and the timing of corridors.
Agan will begin his work as a Traffic Crew Leader in October. Since coming to Southlake in 2015, he has worked in the Public Works Department as a Streets Technician and Traffic Management Technician. Before working for the City, Trent worked for the City of Bedford for more than 20 years. His experience includes maintaining signs, markings, and signals, assisting with streets, water, and sewer operations, and conducting inspections.
Cohen recently reorganized the Public Works Department and allocated additional resources to the traffic management team. The changes allow the division to provide more timely responses to citizen inquiries and be more proactive in their work.
He notes, “The City facilitates large volumes of traffic daily, especially during peak travel periods. We must make certain that municipal traffic devices are in good working order, and coordinate with TXDOT when their equipment is down. This work is so important, and I want to ensure that we have sufficient resources. Safety and efficiency depend on our efforts.”
As traffic challenges continue with the growth of the City and region, the complex work will require strong management. Fortunately, Miguel Palos and Trent Agan are on the job and already preparing for the future.
For their work behind the scenes to ensure convenient and safe travel through and within the City, they are being recognized as two of the City’s unsung heroes.
Work on N. White Chapel Boulevard is off to a great start this year.
Road reconstruction has been completed on Ascot Drive and San Saba Drive and all intersections have been reopened to traffic.
Last week, the contractor finished paving on E. Chapel Downs and Mission Drive.
This week, the subcontractor will add the final finishes to the remaining curb inlets and sections of the screening wall.
Contractors are expected to apply the permanent paving in February 2022, weather permitting.
Can you believe it? The holiday season is here! As we prepare to shop, visit loved ones and join in on all the holiday festivities, we need to make sure that we are following safety protocols.
Here are best practices for road safety during the holiday season:
Being aware of the weather allows you to determine how long it will take to get to your destination and whether your vehicle is drivable for that particular road condition.
There’s no doubt that foot traffic increases during holiday season. Make sure you look around several times before you back up, drive through crosswalks and navigate through parking garages.
Some businesses will open sooner and close later to accommodate customers. Make sure you get an adequate amount of rest before you leave home.
Amendments to the City of Southlake’s Mobility Master Plan are under consideration. The plan addresses transportation needs in the community, from roads to sidewalks.
The amendment to be considered by Council reprioritizes specific sidewalk segments, modifies the pathways map, adds a project at the intersection of Highland Street and Shady Oaks Boulevard and recommends a study for SH 114 improvements.
A detailed list of the prioritized sidewalk segments can be found in the November 16 City Council meeting materials or on the Mobility Master Plan Feedback webpage. Sidewalks were prioritized by the connectivity to other sidewalks, locations near parks or schools, available right of way or easement, tree removal consideration, utility relocation, bridge construction and drainage improvements. Tier one sidewalks are recommended to be developed from one to three years, with tier two in the four-to-seven-year range and tier three at eight or more years.
The City Council passed the amendments during the first reading at the November 16 City Council Meeting. The second reading of the plan changes will occur during the December 7 City Council meeting.
Residents are encouraged to complete the Sidewalk Priority Feedback form if they have questions or comments. Feedback from the public on the plan began October 26. Resident feedback was also taken during the October 26 SPIN meeting. The Planning and Zoning Commission provided recommendations for adjustments during the November 4 P&Z meeting.
The Mobility Master Plan is an element of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, which services as a blueprint for the future of Southlake and a framework to guide City programs and projects for 20 years. The Plan prioritizes capital projects, allocates resources and establishes programs, and is constantly evaluated by the City for potential updates.
Once the plan is approved, the City begins implementation. Projects in the Mobility Master Plan are subject to available funding during the given budget year and will be placed in the Capital Improvements Program (CIP) accordingly.
Sidewalks in Southlake are also built outside of the Mobility Master Plan, through the CIP program, roadway projects, new residential and commercial developments, park construction, gap projects and the Neighborhood Matching Fund.
The Planning and Development Services Department has created a sidewalk priority feedback form for citizens to submit questions and comments.
The City of Southlake will be considering an amendment to its Mobility Master Plan to establish new priorities for City-funded sidewalk construction projects. The construction of publicly funded sidewalk project sections is guided by the priority ranking of the sidewalk segment identified in the Mobility Master Plan.
The City has just completed an extensive sidewalk constructability evaluation for future publicly funded sidewalk segments identified on the Official Pathways Map. The sidewalk constructability study evaluates and prioritizes potential sidewalk projects based on several factors, such as connectivity to other sidewalks, location near a school or park, availability of a right of way or easement, and construction cost (trees removal, utility relocations, bridge construction, drainage). The City utilizes the scores assigned as part of this evaluation to prioritize sidewalk segments for construction. Sidewalk segments are prioritized as a Tier 1 (1 to 3 years), Tier 2 (4 to 7 years) or Tier 3 (greater than 8 years) project.
Just because a sidewalk segment is not listed as part of this evaluation does not mean it will not be built. The City also builds sidewalks in conjunction with a City road or park project. For instance, the N. White Chapel Boulevard project will include new sidewalks on both sides of the road from the SH 114 frontage road to Emerald Boulevard, near the Tom Thumb shopping center. Construction of the Southlake Sports Complex (Park) will include sidewalks along Crooked Lane. Also, developers are required to incorporate sidewalks identified on the “Official Pathways” as part of their projects.
As part of the Southlake Mobility Plan amendment, the City is seeking feedback and suggestions from the public on the proposed sidewalk priority list. In addition to the feedback form, the public can provide comments on the proposed priorities at the following meetings, which are held at Southlake Town Hall – City Council Chambers – 1400 Main Street:
For more information about these sidewalk segments, please visit the Mobility Master Plan webpage or contact the Planning and Development Services Department at 817-748-8621
There’s no doubt, the weather has significantly changed. One day it’s raining, the next day you’re hit with a gust of summer heat.
With temperatures increasing, it’s important to take safety measures by ensuring your vehicle is up to date on maintenance and prepared to handle the seasonal changes.
Check out our summer checklist to ensure your vehicle is summer ready:
When it comes to providing a multitude of services from one central department, Public Works comes to mind.
The department plays a vital role in distributing services that contribute to the quality of life for our residents, businesses and visitors from quality infrastructure to water quality and mobility.
They also provide safety and security by taking protective measures to reduce infrastructure risk within the City of Southlake.
“Our professionals take great pride in serving the citizens of Southlake,” Director of Public Works Rob Cohen said. “We implement the Southlake standard when it comes to taking care of City’s infrastructure needs, maintaining mobility and providing our customers with safe drinking water. Our team is well-versed and trained; it is a true honor and privilege serving alongside our public works professionals.”
There are several divisions of Public Works that contribute to the health and safety our community: Environmental Services, Streets and Drainage, Wastewater, Water, Mobility, Facilities, Engineering and Administration.
All divisions are staffed with knowledgeable professionals who are dedicated to providing the Southlake community with world-class service by protecting the public’s interest and improving quality infrastructure.
The Environmental Services Division promotes environmental wellness through public awareness, resource conversation and programs. Their ultimate goal is to protect public health by utilizing regulatory programs in addition to public education to teach others how to utilize the environment’s natural resources through storm water management, as well as Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) and water conservation programs.
The Streets and Drainage Division maintains the City’s infrastructure including roadways, stormwater infrastructure, and sidewalks. They oversee 209 miles of streets and 36 miles of drainage ditches, gutters, street curbs and medians. This division is often the first division called to assist first responders with blocked roadways from flooding, downed trees, debris or other disaster relief.
The Wastewater Division manages the daily operations of Southlake’s sewer system. They repair and perform preventative maintenance on over 200 miles of wastewater pipeline in addition to 13 lift stations. Staff also inspects and maintains over 3,000 manholes. Their tasks are required to be in compliance with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) and most staff members are licensed in TCEQ Wastewater Collections.
The Water Division serves as the infrastructure side of Southlake Water Utilities. This team covers more than 11,314 water accounts, three major pump stations capable of processing more than 26 million gallons of water daily, storage tanks with a capacity of 21 million gallons of water per day, 302 miles of distribution pipe, 2,838 fire hydrants and 7,764 water valves. If customers have an interest in conserving water, the City offers programs and services that allow customers to conserve water and detect leaks in their water systems.
The Mobility Division is centered around mobility project management. The Traffic Team is responsible for roadway safety that includes signal operation, school zones and crosswalks. The division also works with regional partners in an effort to improve mobility.
The Facilities Division is responsible for all preventative maintenance on City buildings and structures. The team oversees almost 1 million gross square feet of infrastructure such as buildings and parking garages. They also coordinate project management for capital renovations and assist in planning future buildings.
The Administrative and Engineering Division oversees the planning, design and construction of the Capital Improvement Program, as well as identifies, manages and oversees infrastructure projects in Southlake.
Visit our website for more information about the Public Works Department.