Pavement markings are the silent traffic communicator that help direct commuters along their routes. They also help create a safe experience for drivers and pedestrians by improving visibility.
Over the last few weeks, the Southlake Mobility Team has been working diligently to remove and update pavement markings around Southlake. So far, striping has taken place in school zones, at several intersections, in the White Chapel and Highland roundabout, and along both Brumlow Avenue and S. Kimball Avenue.
Although pavement marking projects are smaller-scale when compared to the N. White Chapel widening and Zena Rucker Road extension, they contribute to mobility daily and keeping them in good condition is a community effort.
Requests usually come from residents, business owners or City staff. The team also keeps an inventory of school zones for any safety issues, including pavement marking visibility. The information is documented in a spreadsheet that is maintained by the Traffic Management Division. As the end of the school year approaches, the list is then checked for any upcoming paving or development projects to make sure that markings are not prematurely applied to the roadway.
Criteria for pavement marking replacement generally depends on the traffic volume and the types of vehicles that travel on the roadway because construction vehicles and heavy trucks can cause more wear. It also depends on the type of paint that was used on the pavement. Regular paint lasts one to two years, but thermoplastic is estimated to last between three to five years before any signs of deterioration.
Once an area is confirmed as a candidate for restriping, the process is quite simple. For instance, if an intersection has faded marking, the marking can be removed by grinding or sandblasting and then vacuumed away. Once all the debris is cleared, new markings are applied. The process usually takes anywhere from a few hours to one or two business days.
As of now, all striping projects have been completed for this fiscal year. The replacement process will start back up next spring. To make a request for pavement markings for next year, you can visit the Connect Southlake page and hit the Contact link. A mobility team member will reach out to you within 24-48 hours.
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There’s been a lot of activity in the area of N. White Chapel and Highland, and it’s about to get even more active. In order for the new roundabout to really start taking shape, crews will be closing the east leg of the Highland Street and N. White Chapel intersection.
Weather permitting; the closure will start after the morning rush on Monday, April 22 and will include approximately 500 feet of E. Highland leading up to N. White Chapel. Much like the closure there in February, vehicles will not be able to turn east onto Highland from N. White Chapel or cross the intersection as they drive west. Vehicles coming from the west (from Peytonville or Shady Oaks) will be diverted north or south on N. White Chapel. Vehicles will still be able to turn west onto Highland from N. White Chapel or continue north and south on N. White Chapel.
This closure is expected to last about a month and a half. Once completed, this leg will then be reopened to northbound traffic only. One significant difference with this closure is that access to New Day Church will be impacted. A new entrance for the church is being constructed on N. White Chapel.
“We’d like to encourage drivers to seek alternate routes and try and avoid the intersection while the work is being completed,” notes City Engineer and Deputy Director of Public Works Kyle Hogue. “We are expecting significant delays during the morning and afternoon rush periods, so finding an alternate route might add distance to your trip, but could end up saving you time in the end. Safety is our number one priority, and the extra congestion in construction zones always calls for you to be more aware of your surroundings. If you do have to drive through the intersection, take your time and follow the posted speed limit. We want everyone to get to where they need to be, that includes our crews making it home at the end of the day.”
As with the February closure, City staff will work with contractors to monitor traffic through this intersection during construction. Feedback from residents and motorists can be helpful in making traffic adjustments. If there are problems or concerns we’d like to hear from you. There are several ways to reach out to us. The Southlake Mobility Facebook page is a great and easy-to-access resource, or you can contact us through the Connect Southlake website.
In anticipation of this closure, crews have been busy working on the new roadway surrounding the intersection. They have been making great progress on the southbound lanes with subgrade preparation (creating a level surface for the new roadway) and hope to start paving soon.