Monday, August 2, 2021

N. White Chapel Project Update July 2021

Construction work on N. White Chapel Boulevard has crossed the mid-year mark.

Crews completed about 90% of the paving on the new southbound lanes of traffic this week.

Next week, they will install temporary ramps for access to Chapel Downs and S. School Drive.

In order to complete the paving of all the southbound lanes, contractors will have to remove the temporary drive located at S. School Drive as well as the existing eastbound lanes of Chapel Downs.

Contractors are on schedule to make the traffic switch before the beginning of the school year.

Plans to install sidewalks in front of Carroll High School are also in the works.

Construction of the screening wall between Ascot Drive and the northern limit of the project is still underway. The masons are about 80% complete with this section.

The N. White Chapel Widening Project is estimated to cost $17 million and is scheduled to be completed by spring 2022, weather permitting.

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N. White Chapel Project December 2020 Update

Construction on N. White Chapel Boulevard is forging ahead.

The asphalting and striping of the temporary road is complete from Mission Drive to Emerald Drive.

Crews are working to install drainage boxes at S. School Drive and Dragon Drive, and the excavation process for the new road from Chapel Downs to Unity Way has started.

Drainage installation is also taking place from Chapel Downs to 1020 N. White Chapel Blvd. As soon as this section is completed, drainage installation from Chapel Downs to the water tower located at the 400 block of N. White Chapel Blvd. will commence.

Chapel Downs has been closed at N. White Chapel Boulevard and traffic has been detoured to Ascot Drive.

This portion of the project is estimated to last between six and seven months.

The N. White Chapel Widening Project is estimated to cost $17 million and is scheduled to be completed by spring 2022, weather permitting.

For more N. White Chapel construction updates, follow the Southlake Mobility Facebook page or sign up for the Mobility e-newsletter.

N. White Chapel Project November 2020 Update

There has been a lot of roadwork happening on W. Chapel Downs lately. The construction on this road is a major component of the N. White Chapel Widening Project because it intersects with N. White Chapel and is adjacent to other roads that lead to the major intersection.

Over the last few weeks, contractors have worked to complete paving on W. Chapel Downs and storm drain installation on E. Chapel Downs.

E. Chapel Downs has been closed from N. White Chapel Boulevard to Saratoga Drive and traffic has been shifted to the east of W. Chapel Downs to allow drainage installation.

The drainage installation on Chapel Downs is expected to be completed within six to eight months, weather permitting.

Contractors have completed the excavation of excess dirt on N. White Chapel to grade the road and asphalting of the temporary road has started. Striping is estimated to start next week.

The entire project is estimated to be completed by Spring 2022, weather permitting.

The total N. White Chapel Widening Project is estimated to cost around $17 million.

For more N. White Chapel construction updates, follow the Southlake Mobility Facebook page or sign up for the Mobility e-newsletter.

N. White Chapel Project October 2020 Update

With only four months left until 2021, contractors are working on finalizing a few more details on N. White Chapel before they move on to the next stage.

The goal of the project is to turn the original two-lane road into four lanes between SH 114 and FM 1709, with a dual-lane roundabout at the intersection of N. White Chapel and Highland. The entire project is estimated to be completed in Spring 2022.

The dual-lane roundabout was completed in Spring 2020 and the work on the south end of N. White Chapel is going full steam ahead.

Work on the new temporary lanes is ongoing. Backfill continued for the retaining wall from San Saba Drive to Emerald Boulevard and contractors are set to repave the westbound lane at Chapel Downs starting this week.

The total N. White Chapel Widening Projects estimated to be around $17 million.

For more N. White Chapel construction updates, follow us on the Southlake Mobility Facebook page or sign up for the Mobility e-newsletter.

N. White Chapel Project Continues with Storm Drainage Improvements

Work on N. White Chapel is progressing and still on track.

Storm drainage infrastructure construction for east and west Chapel Downs continues. Work on the storm drainage improvements under N. White Chapel are set to take place along the southbound lane as soon as the temporary road construction is complete to support shifting traffic off of the existing southbound lane.

Recently, contractors have been working to install the road base to support the temporary road construction along the east side of N. White Chapel. Temporary asphalt will begin to be laid on this road base soon and this will allow us to shift both lanes of traffic east and open up the existing southbound lane for demolition and the installation of the storm drainage improvements in this area. The temporary road construction was designed to allow ample room to maintain the turn lanes and existing lane widths throughout construction so that impacts to traffic can be minimized.

Construction of the retaining and screening walls will continue through the fall.

Construction for the N. White Chapel widening project is estimated to be completed by Spring 2022 for an estimated total cost of $17 million.

For more on N. White Chapel, visit www.ConnectSouthlake.com, sign up for the mobility e-newsletter and follow the Southlake Mobility Facebook page.

Mobility Capital Improvement Projects

When it comes to Capital Improvement Projects, the City of Southlake has made major progress. The Capital Improvement Program, known as the CIP, is a five-year plan that the City has in place for construction of new or investing in the replacement of the City’s physical assets or infrastructure.

Although the program covers a diverse range of sectors in the following areas: Stormwater, Wastewater and Water Utilities; Mobility projects are at the forefront.

The Mobility Projects, which are also listed in the Southlake 2030 mobility master plan includes, but not limited to the development of sidewalks, trails, parks and thoroughfares.

How patrons navigate through Southlake is a huge contributor to the build out and the future of the City, it is important that projects pertaining to this sector of the CIP meet the goals to enhance mobility.

The City has been diligently working toward completing the projects in a timely manner as well as keeping the public informed of the status. Overtime, one project after another has seen success.

Below is a list of ongoing projects and upcoming projects.

Ongoing Projects

Zena Rucker Connector and Roundabout

White Chapel Widening Project

Upcoming Projects

SH 114 Frontage Roads – Along Dove and Kirkwood. This is a partnership project with TxDOT to extend the westbound of the frontage road to Kirkwood Boulevard.  The construction contract for this project is scheduled to be awarded in Fall 2020.

An interactive CIP map is available on the City’s website.  Visit us online for more information about the Capital Improvement Program and the 2030 Mobility Master Plan.

Progress on N. White Chapel

When it comes to mobility projects in Southlake, N. White Chapel is the first thing that comes to mind.

The project started in 2018 with the initial goal to improve mobility in Southlake. The project included widening N. White Chapel from Emerald to SH 114  by turning it into a 4-lane thoroughfare divided with a landscaped median complimented by a dual-lane roundabout located at the intersection of N. White Chapel and E. Highland.

The dual-lane roundabout was completed in Spring of 2020 but work on the east end is still ongoing.

Over the last few weeks, contractors are currently installing an underground storm drainage system at West Chapel Downs while continuing construction of the retaining and screening wall system.

The estimated cost of the N. White Chapel widening project is $17 million. The project is estimated to be completed by Spring 2022.

For more information on mobility projects, please follow the Southlake Mobility Facebook page, sign up for mobility e-newsletter or visit www.ConnectSouthlake.com

The Role of the Retaining Wall on N. White Chapel

Over the last six months contractors have been working on constructing the retaining wall along the east side of the N. White Chapel widening project. Although this portion of the project is taking a considerable amount of time to complete, this relatively hidden structure plays a critical role in the design and construction of the new four-lane thoroughfare and contributes to driver safety and ultimately the preservation of privacy for adjacent residents.

A retaining wall is a structure designed to “retain” material, hence soil, on one side. The east side retaining wall for this project retains the soil that will be beneath the new northbound lanes and serves as the structural support for the neighborhood screening walls.  In this case, contractors are constructing the retaining walls using reinforced concrete, adhering strictly to the structurally engineered design details to ensure safety, stability, and longevity.

Soon contractors will begin constructing permanent masonry screening walls on top of the completed sections of retaining wall. These screening walls are designed to complement the community’s aesthetic by adding texture and style. Once the wall and roadway widening work is completed, landscaping will be added to the medians for a scenic drive.

As of now contractors are working on backfill and clean up tasks associated with the retaining walls. Construction of the retaining and screening walls is estimated to continue into Fall 2020.

The entire N. White Chapel widening project is estimated to be completed by Spring 2022 for an estimated total cost of $17 million.

For more on N. White Chapel, visit www.ConnectSouthlake.com, sign up for the mobility e-newsletter and follow the Southlake Mobility Facebook page.

Signs at the N. White Chapel Roundabout

We’ve discussed how to drive through the roundabout located at N. White Chapel and Highland, now let’s talk about signs. Roadway signs are designed to keep drivers and pedestrians safe. When driving through the roundabout you may see the following signs:

 

Roundabout warning sign: alerts drivers that a roundabout is ahead.

 

Advisory speed plaque: displays speed limit when approaching this particular roundabout.

 

 

Lane movement sign: displays allowed maneuvers for each travel lane.

 

 

Yield sign: controls vehicles entering the roundabout. When approaching the roundabout, drivers are required to slow down but not come to a complete stop when other cars or pedestrians are present. The yield sign at the N. White Chapel and Highland roundabout is accompanied by triangular yield pavement markings.

 

One way sign: reinforces single allowed direction of travel. All traffic should travel counterclockwise within the roundabout.

 

 

Right lane must turn right sign: used to specify the only allowed maneuver from a turn

 

Keep right sign: directs traffic to stay to the right of a median or concrete island

For more tips on navigating through the N. White Chapel Roundabout, click here. Let’s Talk Roundabouts: Single and Dual-Lane.

For updates on this and other Southlake Mobility projects, follow Southlake Mobility on Facebook and visit www.ConnectSouthlake.com