Sunday, September 15, 2019

City Council Approves Contract for Sidewalk for East Continental Boulevard

Council awarded the construction contract for the installation of a sidewalk on E. Continental Boulevard to C. Green Scaping LP at the August 20 City Council meeting.

The sidewalk will be installed along the north side of East Continental Boulevard from South Hollow Drive to Crooked Lane.

The walking path is anticipated to be at least six feet wide and will come complete with handicap accessible ramps and handrails in a few locations.

In order to accommodate the construction for the newly designed sidewalk, modifications to the existing drainage infrastructure will occur along the north side of East Continental Boulevard.

Recommendations for sidewalks in Southlake will be an ongoing development. It will help negotiate traffic as well as provide pedestrians a safe route. This segment is identified as a priority in the City’s Mobility Master Plan and funding is available in the City Pathways Programs within the General Fund.

For more information about sidewalks, please visit our website.

OBA: Upcoming Roadwork on 10 Bar Trail from N. Peytonville to Glen Clove

UPDATE: Contractors from Reynolds Asphalt Co. will be on-site to repair the road surface on 10 Bar Trail from N. Peytonville to Glen Court starting Tuesday September 3, 2019,  from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting.

One lane of traffic will remain open during the repairs. Flaggers will be on-site to direct traffic during construction. The expected completion time is two days.

We appreciate your cooperation during this time. Please contact Public Works Operations at (817) 748-8082 with any questions.

City of Southlake’s Truck Routes and Restrictions – What You Need to Know

Although Southlake is a small community, we see our share of traffic! If your truck route leads you on a highway through Southlake, we are here to help make your route an easy ride.

There are only a few designated truck routes (per ordinance) within the City:

  1. SH 114
  2. FM 1709
  3. FM 1938, south of FM 1709
  4. N Carroll Ave, FM 1709 to SH 114

 

Any roadway that is not listed above is restricted to truck traffic, except for when the destination is along that roadway. Examples of this include trash collection or a moving company collecting a homeowner’s belongings. Other exceptions for trucks to utilize the main roadways are for activities such as construction, emergency response and deliveries (that free 2-day shipping has a cost).

Well, how does one know if a road is an appropriate truck route or not?  Signs are often placed along routes to remind drivers of trucks that the route is not suitable for traveling through the City of Southlake to another jurisdiction.

Our Traffic staff fabricates and maintains these signs and can install them at appropriate locations upon request. If you see an area that may need signage, we are here to help! Recently, the Traffic Management Division installed “No Thru Trucks” signs along Continental Boulevard and on White Chapel Boulevard that originated from a citizen request.

The Police Department enforces this ordinance, with or without installed signage, by periodically checking the origin and destination of trucks along a restricted route.

To ensure the safety of our citizens and commuters, the City promotes the visibility of signage to notify drivers in the area whether or not trucks are permitted.

To learn more about designated truck routes click here. For more information on exceptions to truck restrictions, click here.

 

Care and Repair DIY Sprinkler System Workshop

Summertime is here and water use is at its peak. Sprinkler systems that leak, or are improperly installed, may cause higher water bills or waste thousands of gallons of water.

On Saturday, August 24 from 9 – 10:30 a.m. the City will be hosting a free “Care and Repair DIY Sprinkler System Workshop” at the Bob Jones Nature Center located at 355 Bob Jones Rd. Water conservation expert Dr. Dotty Woodson, who recently retired from her role as Water Resources Program Specialist at Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension Service, will lead the class. She will be teaching how to show your sprinkler system some “summer lovin’” by repairing and maintaining our sprinkler systems.

Click here to register and save your seat! You will receive a water conservation bundle, containing a reusable canvas bag, a soil moisture meter, spray nozzles and more.

Here are some tips on how to reduce your water use:

  • Follow Water is Awesome Weekly Watering Advice to stay informed on the suggested lawn watering based on the current precipitation rates in our area. Remember to continue to follow the City’s watering schedule. Click here to sign up here.
  • Sign up for our W.I.S.E. Guys program to get a free sprinkler system evaluation and qualify to receive a $200 rebate on your water bill if you make any improvements to your system after the evaluation. Visit https://www.cityofsouthlake.com/wiseguys for more information.
  • Activate your Eye on Water account to set up alerts for leaks on your property by visiting https://southlaketx.eyeonwater.com/signin.

Erosion Can Happen Just About Anywhere. How the City Can Help!

Erosion happens when rock, soil or other material is transported from one location to another.  Sediment can be transported by water or wind and is common in places like construction sites and creek banks.

Since erosion and sediment can both affect private and public property, the City of Southlake has procedures in place to help both residents and businesses fight this occurrence.

One of the City’s erosion and sediment control goals is to protect and maintain the environment and the general welfare of our citizens. By establishing erosion and sediment control procedures, the City can efficiently respond to questions and concerns in a timely manner to proactively curb erosion before the destructive process begins.

Erosion and sediment control helps the City continue to keep our environment safe and streets clean.

Although damage from erosion is highly visible, the unseen effects can be concerning as well. When erosion in certain areas take place, there is a chance the sediment from those areas enter the City’s creeks and streams which in turn heats up water temperature, causes turbidity and makes it harder for fish and aquatic life to breathe. Not to mention that a brown stream isn’t aesthetically pleasing.

Seeing erosion issues around town? Here is what you can do:

If you are on your own property, a great way to control erosion is to install plants, grasses and shrubs. This will provide a root system that keeps soil intact and less prone to erosion.

If you spot sediment in the streets from a construction site, you may contact the City’s Code Enforcement division.

If have concerns about floodplains, drainage issues or experiencing stormwater being directed from other properties to yours, please contact the City’s Engineering division

Last but not least, if you spot chemicals, trash, or concrete being washed out into the creeks, storm drains and other sensitive areas, contact our Environmental Services division.

Gardening in Southlake Just Got Easier!

Gardening can become overwhelming when you aren’t sure which plants to use or where to place them; or maybe you want plants that use less water with little maintenance.  With the help of the City of Southlake’s Environmental Coordinator, Ashley Carlise and Texas A & M AgriLife, those issues just became a thing of the past! Now residents can save water and be environmentally friendly at the same time.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Horticulturists have created UPlantIt gardens for Southlake residents to simplify your gardening needs and help you create a beautiful, blossoming landscape from spring to fall.

The UPlantIt gardens are boxed into 2 ft. X 1 ft. containers that hold 32 starter plants with 14 different plant varieties. The plants need full sun to part shade to thrive and can cover up to 125 sq. ft. of landscape and reach a mature height of 1 to 6ft. The plants are locally grown, native and adapted to North Texas and support pollinating species.

AgriLife has also designed a PLANT-BY-NUMBERS concept to simplify your gardening goals even further. Each plant is tagged and numbered to correspond with three professionally designed landscape layouts .

Each box is $95 dollars and is available for purchase now until August 4 or until supplies last. The boxes will be available to pick up on Saturday, September 28 from 8 a.m.-Noon at four pre-selected locations:

  • McKinney Community Center- 2001 S. Central Expressway, McKinney, TX 75070
  • Upper Trinity Regional Water District- 900 North Kealy Street, Lewisville, TX 75067
  • Resource Connection of Tarrant County- 2300 Circle Dr. Fort Worth, TX 76119
  • Texas A&M AgriLife, Dallas Center- 17360 Coit Rd., Dallas, TX, 75252

To order now, visit: https://wateruniversity.tamu.edu/products/uplantit-gardens/ and click “CLICK HERE TO ORDER”!

Five Irrigation Hacks to Help You Conserve Water

The grass is not always greener on the other side, especially when temperatures are approaching nearly 100 degrees.

Rising temperatures can be tough on any yard and can become costly.  It’s no wonder why people see a jump in water usage over the summer months. However, with the right care and tools, you may be able to save your grass and conserve water at the same time. Check out these five conservation tips:

  1. Cycle and Soak – Cycle and soak is a known method that allows you to apply water in short cycles instead of applying it all at once. Most irrigation controllers have the ability to set the cycle and soak configuration.
  2. Judge Irrigation Requirements in the Morning – The early bird gets the worm. In this case, it’s the water. High afternoon temperatures can cause plants to wilt, look off-color, drop leaves or shrink, even if there is moisture in the soil. When the sun sets, your yard can look normal. Irrigation will only be required if your lawn looks wilted and off-color in the morning. To double-check the moisture in the soil, you can do the screwdriver test by pushing a screwdriver into the soil to see how much moisture is present. The screwdriver will push easily into moist soil and will be more difficult in dry soil.
  3. Mow Your Lawn Higher – A taller lawn shades the soil, which in turn reduces evaporation and encourages longer roots. By moving the mower cutting height up one or two settings, you can keep your soil moist a little longer.
  4. Mulch All Planted Areas – Mulch keeps the soil moist. It slows evaporation of water from the soil, allows water to infiltrate the soil efficiently, moderates the soil temperature and breaks down into nutrients for the plants. Maintain a 2 to 4-inch layer in all planted beds and containers.
  5. Look at Your Irrigation System – If you need help with your irrigation system, the City offers a voluntary water conservation program, called the W.I.S.E. Guys, designed to help you understand how to run your irrigation system more efficiently. You can even apply for a rebate of up to $200 if you make any repairs. To get started, all you have to do is fill out the signup form. A licensed irrigator will set up an appointment with you and perform an evaluation on your sprinkler system with you.

 

To learn more about the City’s water conservation programs, click here.

 

 

OBA: Single Lane Traffic on Westwood Drive to Eastwood Drive

Southlake Public Works Streets and Drainage crews will be on site conducting drainage improvements on Thursday, June 27 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., weather permitting.

Construction work will take place from 221 Westwood Drive to 212 Eastwood Drive.  One lane of traffic will remain open during the drainage improvements and flaggers will be onsite to direct traffic during construction.

Work could last more than one day.

We appreciate your cooperation during this time. Please contact Public Works Operations at (817) 748-8082 with any questions. Thank you.

City Council Approves Contract for Next Phase of N. White Chapel

City Council approved the construction contract with Tiseo Paving for the widening of N. White Chapel Blvd from Emerald to just south of Highland at the May 7 City Council meeting.

In order to improve mobility in Southlake, the entire project entails expanding the road from a two to a four-lane divided roadway with a dual-lane roundabout at the intersection at Highland Street, currently under construction.

Council approved an engineering services agreement with Freese and Nichols earlier this year for construction management services for Phase 2 of the project which includes landscaped medians, a replacement screening wall on the east side of N. White Chapel along with sidewalks and installation of a permanent traffic signal at Ascot Drive.

Tiseo will be the general contractor for the construction of Phase 2.

Crews have installed new water lines, sanitary sewer lines and storm drains. Paving operations in Phase 1 are on-going though much of the new north and southbound lanes have been completed.

As the project continues, there will be additional road closures and lane switches along the way before all work is complete.  The next major closure will be West Highland coming up this summer. Although getting through Highland will be more difficult during the closures, mobility will be maintained along N. White Chapel.

Phase 1 is scheduled for completion by the end of the summer as Phase 2 really gets rolling.

For updates and more Mobility News, follow the Southlake Mobility Facebook page and you can visit our website www.ConnectSouthlake.com