Traffic along N. White Chapel may have slowed down a bit, but construction has not stopped.
Waterline relocation work along the roadway has been completed. Contractors are continuing to work along the east side of the road to build the retaining and screen wall system between Emerald and Highland,weather permitting.
Although the roads are less traveled right now due to the Tarrant County shelter-in-place order, plans to improve mobility in Southlake are still in the works and are a top priority.
The 2030 Mobility Master Plan sets the stage for the future of mobility by strategically planning and implementing the structure of the City’s transportation system.
The plan identifies opportunities to provide a safe and convenient way to reduce traffic congestion while promoting the needs of pedestrians, residents, businesses and visitors.
The Continental Sidewalk, N. White Chapel Widening and Zena Rucker Boulevard Extension Projects are among the many mobility developments that contribute to helping Southlake meet their goals.
As of now, here’s where we are in each development:
Continental Sidewalk Project: The new sidewalk on Continental Boulevard will create a loop connecting Continental Boulevard to FM 1709, S. Kimball Avenue and S. Carroll Avenue.
Status: Modifications to the existing drainage infrastructure along the north side of East Continental Boulevard are near completion. The sidewalk is set to be completed in Spring 2020.
Estimated Total Cost: $317,000
White Chapel Widening Project: This project consists of widening N. White Chapel to a four-lane divided thoroughfare extending from SH 114 to Emerald in conjunction with a dual lane roundabout at the intersection of N. White Chapel and Highland.
Status: The dual lane roundabout is complete and contractors are preparing the base for the public artwork installation “Be the Bridge” by artist Boris Kramer, which is set to be installed Spring 2020. The entire project is estimated to be completed in Spring 2022.
Estimated Total Cost: $17 million
Zena Rucker Boulevard Extension Project: This project extends Matthews Court to Tower Boulevard, improving mobility between Byron Nelson Parkway and Carroll Avenue.
Status: Contractors have cleared the road for paving the extension and are adding the final touches for the utility installation.Contractors are also constructing the base for the public art display, “Mockingbird Tree” by Michael Warrick to be installed at the roundabout located at Zena Rucker and Tower Boulevard.
Estimated Total Cost: $2.1 million
Learn more about the Mobility Master Plan here.
As 2019 comes to a close, so is Phase 1 of 2 of the N. White Chapel project.
Phase 1 of the N. White Chapel project included the construction of the dual lane roundabout located at the intersection of N. White Chapel and Highland.
To date, the construction of the roundabout has been completed along with the installation of new paving, sidewalks, medians and decorative pavers.
Crews are adding the final touches with the pavement striping and the installation of the public art display, “Be the Bridge,” by artist Boris Kramer, in the center of the roundabout. New street lighting and landscaping will be installed soon.
The construction of Phase 2 is steadily moving forward in preparation for the widening of N. White Chapel from Emerald to Highland. So far, contractors have installed a temporary construction fence along the west side of the road in preparation for the construction of a new screening wall. The contractor also began installing new water facilities.
The bulk of the roadwork for the widening project is expected to start in summer 2020.
Once the project is complete, N. White Chapel will be a divided four-lane road between FM 1709 and SH 114, with new sidewalks to accompany the new traffic lanes.
There will still be some temporary lane closures in the upcoming weeks, weather permitting. The entire road widening project, Phases 1 and 2, is estimated to cost over $17 million. Funding will be distributed from the General, Utility, Roadway Impact and Storm Water Utility System Funds and in partnership with Tarrant County.
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