Concrete paving operations for the northbound lanes of North White Chapel Boulevard are expected to begin later this week.
The intersections of North White Chapel Boulevard and San Saba Drive and North White Chapel Boulevard and Mission Drive will be closed starting Tuesday, December 14 for approximately 10 days as crews work to finish the paving at these intersections. Emerald Boulevard and Diamond Boulevard will remain open and will afford unimpeded access to the neighborhood during the street closures.
The temporary closure of Ascot Drive is expected to occur during the CISD Winter Break. It should be reopened before the start of the spring school session.
Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes as travel delays will occur.
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The paving portion of the N. White Chapel Boulevard Widening Project is 65% complete.
All work for underground utilities and drainage, including the inlet boxes, is also complete.
Currently, masons are finishing up the back side of the screening wall along the east side of N. White Chapel Boulevard.
Last week, irrigation adjustments were made to residents’ back yards and topsoil was delivered to the site for landscaping.
Cement stabilization is set to take place over the next few weeks, weather permitting.
The N. White Chapel Widening Project is scheduled to be completed by spring 2022, weather permitting.
Work on N. White Chapel Boulevard is on the move.
Contractors have finished the excavation process for the northbound lanes and utility crews are finishing up installing the remaining storm lines and water connections.
Plans to install curb inlet boxes on the east side of the road are in the works.
Final adjustments will be made to the elevation within the next two weeks.
Paving of the northbound travel lanes is expected to be completed within the next three months, weather permitting.
The N. White Chapel Widening Project is scheduled to be completed by spring 2022, weather permitting.
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.
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.
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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While it’s been hard to miss the work on Phase 1 of the N. White Chapel widening project, Phase 2 of the project has been quietly chugging along in the background. In just a few weeks, passersby will start to see more crews working in the right of ways along N. White Chapel as they begin to build a new screening wall along the east side of N. White Chapel.
In the coming days, crews will begin installing temporary fencing just east of the existing screening wall and fences to create a construction barrier. Once that is complete they will begin the demolition of current structures. The new screening wall is expected to be completed in about a year. Crews are anticipating starting on the section between Emerald and E. Chapel Downs.
Phase 2 of the project will include a new screening wall, widening of the roadway, building new sidewalks and installing landscaping. Phase 1 of the project is the widening from Highland to SH 114. All part of the Southlake 2030 Master Mobility Plan, the widening project will leave N. White Chapel a four-lane roadway from Emerald to SH 114. This includes a dual-lane roundabout at Highland and N. White Chapel, a landscaped median and new sidewalks.
After the construction of the wall and relocation of utilities, the next significant milestone for Phase 2 will being in summer 2020 with the start of demolition of the current roadway and construction of the new traffic lanes.
Although it seems like all of the work has been focused on Phase 1, there have been some significant milestones for Phase 2 along the way. In January of this year, City Council approved an Engineering Services Agreement with Freese and Nichols to provide third-party construction management services. And in May, Council approved a construction contract with Tiseo Paving to act as the general contractor.
The end of summer is upon us and that means back to the school year routine. It also means the morning commute is about to pick up again. For many that commute will remain unchanged, however, N. White Chapel drivers will have a new addition to their route. Despite a heavy rainy season, construction crews are still on track to open the new roundabout at N. White Chapel and Highland before the start of school. While the ultimate configuration will be dual lane, it will temporarily function as a single lane while the median work is completed.
The roundabout is just one part of the two phase N. White Chapel widening project. In the past weeks, crews have been working on the west leg of the roundabout. About half of the concrete work has been completed in anticipation for the asphalt work that is expected to start next week, weather permitting.
“The spring rain did unfortunately cause us to have to rearrange our schedule a bit, but our contractor was able to work around it to keep the project moving forward,” noted City Engineer and Deputy Director of Public Works Kyle Hogue. “We’re looking forward to having the roundabout open and traffic flowing on east and west Highland again.”
While the roundabout is a major component of the first phase of the widening project, crews have also been working on widening N. White Chapel between Highland and SH 114. In the last week, work has been started on the new median near the SH 114 intersection.
Once completed, the final stages of the project will include striping of the new traffic lanes, new sidewalks, landscaping and the installation of public art in the roundabout. Construction on this phase of the project is expected to finish up this fall with utility work on the second phase of project starting as well. Phase 2 is the widening of N. White Chapel from Emerald to Highland.
New lane configuration is on the horizon for the intersection of N. White Chapel and SH 114. Crews also plan to have one lane northbound and one lane southbound open for the intersection prior to school starting as well. Again the interior lanes will remain closed until all median work is complete. As always, drivers are reminded to use extra caution when driving through the construction zone, travel at or below the posted speed limit and keep an eye out for construction workers in the area.
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Thanks to heavy spring rain, the timeline for the N. White Chapel widening project may have shifted, but progress has remained steady. The next major milestone for this project is to shift the Highland road closure to the west side of the intersection.
Crews are anticipating closing W. Highland at N. White Chapel, weather permitting, Monday, June 24 to complete the west side of the roundabout. This traffic switch will happen after the morning rush. As the completion of the east side of the roundabout is wrapped up this week, crews will be shifting attention to the other half. The closure includes the west side of the Highland and N. White Chapel intersection and about 500 feet of Highland leading up to the intersection.
In addition to the change in closures, this move will also result in the removal of the traffic signal at Highland and N. White Chapel. The signal will no longer be needed and will be disabled prior to this next phase. This means north and southbound traffic will flow freely through the intersection. There will be no east and westbound traffic through the intersection until the roundabout opens. Vehicles will not be able to turn west onto Highland from N. White Chapel.
Before the west side of the intersection is closed, the east side of the intersection will be partially reopened. Remember, the traffic flow from E. Highland will be different in preparation for the new roundabout traffic flow; E. Highland traffic will only be able to turn northbound onto N. White Chapel. That traffic will have a stop sign before entering N. White Chapel. North and southbound cross traffic will not stop, so drivers will need to heed extra caution before getting on N. White Chapel.
The work is expected to be completed before the start of the school year.
“This milestone puts us one step closer to a completed roundabout,” notes City Engineer and Deputy Director of Public Works Kyle Hogue. “I’d like to reiterate the importance of drivers proceeding with caution and traveling at or below the posted speed limit as they drive through the intersection. With the signal no longer being needed and disabled, that’s one more reason for drivers to pay extra close attention in this area. Also, remember as crews work toward the next phase to bring the two sections together the temporary transitions or ‘hump’ will remain in the intersection.”