Friday, March 31, 2023

City Council Approves Speed Limit Reduction for Portion of North White Chapel Boulevard

At Tuesday’s (8/16/2022) City Council meeting, Council approved an ordinance that reduces the speed limit on North White Chapel Boulevard from 40 mph to 35 mph.

This change will take place at the south portion of North White Chapel Boulevard between Southlake Boulevard and SH 114.

“Reducing the speed limit was in line with the design of the four-lane divided highway that was mentioned in the Master Mobility Plan,” Director of Public Works Rob Cohen said, “The reduced speed combined with minor signing and striping modifications would also alleviate any sight visibility concerns.”

Message boards are on North White Chapel to let drivers know about the change. After a grace period, Southlake Police will begin enforcing the new speed limit August 24, 2022.

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City Approves Temporary Concrete Plant to Assist with N. White Chapel Project

Due to a shortage of one of the main ingredients in concrete in the D/FW metroplex, the Southlake Public Works Department made the decision to create a temporary batch plant to complete the N. White Chapel Project on schedule.

A temporary batch plant, or concrete mixing plant, will be brought on the east side of N. White Chapel Boulevard between E. Highland Street and Ascot Drive so that necessary materials are available to complete the project in a timely manner. Without the temporary batch plant, the project will be delayed, possibly as long as six months.

The location was chosen because it met Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requirements and was near the construction site. Other reviewed sites could have taken 4-6 months to be approved.

The temporary batch plant will operate in two phases. The first phase will require the plant to be open for four weeks. Approximately 6-8 weeks later, the plant will operate for another four weeks. The plant will then be removed.

The plant will operate during normal project work hours, from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday – Friday. On occasion, the plant may be open on Saturday. Deliveries to the plant will be made outside of traffic rush hours.

Residents can expect muffled generator or vehicle noises. A water truck and sweeper will be onsite to minimize windblown dust and keep the area clear of material.

More information about the temporary batch plant can be found at: For questions or concerns, please contact the Public Works Department at 817-748-8098.

UNT One O’Clock Lab Band Featured at 10th APEX Annual Jazz Festival

The University of North Texas’ (UNT) Grammy-nominated ensemble One O’Clock Lab Band will be the featured jazz band at the 10th Annual Jazz Festival presented by the APEX Arts League in Southlake in March.

The concert is slated for Saturday, March 3, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at White Chapel United Methodist Church, 185 South White Chapel Boulevard. Three highly talented high school jazz bands will open the program, performing commissioned pieces written by composition students at UNT.  The High School Bands include:

  • Carroll High School Jazz Orchestra from Southlake, Texas
  • Birdville High School Jazz Ensemble from North Richland Hills, Texas
  • Liberty High School Jazz Ensemble from Frisco, Texas

The One O’Clock, under the direction of Alan Baylock, is the premier performing jazz ensemble from the internationally acclaimed University of North Texas’ Jazz Studies Program.   The One O’Clock is a seven-time Grammy-nominated ensemble and is noted for its exceptional individual musicianship and tight ensemble performance.  The One O’Clock frequently appears in major jazz venues such as Birdland (NYC), Blues Alley (DC) and Catalina’s (LA) and has produced more than 60 albums in its tenure.

Tickets at the door are $15 for adults, $10 for band parents, seniors and Apex members and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door.

Southlake-based Apex Arts League sponsors a variety of performing and visual arts programs in the local area. For more information, visit 


North White Chapel Closure – UPDATE

White-chapel-Flooded June 2015

N. White Chapel June 2015

N. White Chapel July 2015

N. White Chapel July 2015

The section of North White Chapel near Camp Burnett, which has been closed since late May 2015, is expected to remain closed for the remainder of the summer and possibly into the fall.

Some of the water has receded, as you can see in the comparison pictures from June and July 2015, but water still covers most of North White Chapel Boulevard near Camp Burnett.

We mentioned previously the efforts needed to get the road open sooner. Over the last month in fact,  the City of Grapevine has been steadily and intermittently releasing water through the spillway in an effort to address the existing flooding.

But with today’s rain, the opening of the road will be pushed back further in the year.

Please continue to check for updates on the North White Chapel closure as they become available. For questions, contact the Public Works Department at 817-748-8098.

Orange Barrel Alert – Temporary Signal Installation begins at North White Chapel

N. White Chapel - E. Highland Intersection

N. White Chapel – E. Highland Intersection

Beginning the week of March 30, 2015, City contractors will be setting poles for the installation of temporary traffic signals at North White Chapel and East Highland Street.

This temporary signal will be in place until the completion of the roundabout related to the North White Chapel Widening project.

The setting of the poles is expected to be completed by the end of the week and any impacts to traffic during this work will be minimal as crews will be working primarily on the side of the road.

For questions, please contact Steven Anderson, P.E., CFM at 817-748-8101.

Orange Barrel Alert – Bicentennial Park Phase 2 construction

MapStarting Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 and lasting through Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 the Bicentennial Park Phase 2 Construction Project will be installing new water lines along southbound N. White Chapel Boulevard.

The installation will occur between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  During this time, lane restrictions will be in place but will be limited only to the right-lane of southbound N. White Chapel Boulevard from San Saba Drive to approximately 100 yards south of Emerald Boulevard.

Please exercise caution when traveling around the construction zone.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Peter Kao at 817-748-8607.

North White Chapel Widening Project Coming Soon

The City of Southlake has begun preparation of design plans to improve the N. White Chapel corridor between Southlake Blvd and SH 114.  The North White Chapel Widening project involves widening a little over a mile of two-lane roadway to a four-lane divided roadway with a dual-lane roundabout at the intersection with Highland Street.  The project will incorporate landscaping elements – trees, shrubbery, street lighting, trails, and amenities – in accordance with Southlake’s street design standards.

North White Chapel Widening Project Rendering

This north-south, two-lane facility was designated as an arterial corridor in the City’s Mobility and Master Thoroughfare Plan in the late 60’s.  Additionally, North White Chapel Boulevard intersects with SH 114’s frontage roads.  As the region grows and more drivers use the area’s roadways, traffic volumes along SH 114 and access into and out of Southlake will increase.  As such, reconstructing North White Chapel Boulevard will provide the following:

  • Added roadway capacity to serve existing and projected traffic volumes
  • Improved traffic operations and safety for residents and visitors

In addition to the roadway widening, the North White Chapel Widening project will include utility and drainage improvements.  The right of way acquisition process is just now getting into full swing on the southern portion of the project with the northern portion beginning in the spring of 2013.  Utility relocation is expected to begin in late 2013. The project is currently under design with construction estimated to begin in 2014. This project represents an estimated $10.825 million capital investment in the City’s transportation system which includes a $2.185 million match from Tarrant County.

Please see the City website for more information on this project.