City staff has engaged a consultant to develop a site-specific, engineered design for the repair of the N. White Chapel culvert crossing at the Kirkwood Branch Creek crossing with the primary focus at this moment to re-open the roadway. The road has been closed since heavy rain and floodwater caused structural damage in late September.
The plan will address replacement of the damaged headwalls and pavement. The goal of the replacement is to re-open the road by the end of 2018, weather permitting. City staff will continue to work with the consultant on a permanent solution to raise the roadway so it will not be subject to future flood events. This will involve a detailed regional drainage study as well as coordination and approval from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and other concerned agencies. The City will work with the Corps of Engineers for required permits and seek possible grants to help construct a new bridge. A timeline for the permanent resolution is also being developed.
“Unfortunately this is not something we can fix quickly, but we are working as fast and as smart as we can to re-open the road and be sure it’s safe for the public,” said Deputy Director of Public Works and City Engineer Kyle Hogue. “We know this is frustrating for residents, but I’d like to thank everyone again for their patience and understanding as we work to get the road open again.”
Utility work at Highland from North Kimball to Sunshine Lane will begin (weather permitting) Wednesday, December 18th and be completed on Thursday, December 19th. The street will be closed to thru traffic on those days as construction crews install water and sewer utility lines through the intersection.
In the coming days, motorists will notice electronic message boards at key points near the construction zone communicating the impending road closure. Please be aware of the message boards and plan for alternate routes on the construction days.
Residents of Andre Ct and Stanhope Court will continue to have access to their cul-de-sac coming from the west of Sunshine Ln.
The City respectfully asks that all travelers remain patient throughout this process. We understand that inconveniences will occur due to the construction but know that the City is committed to completing the work as quickly as possible.
The City also asks that all travelers remain patient throughout this process. We understand that inconveniences will occur due to the construction but know that the City is committed to completing the work as quickly as possible.
Deputy Director of Public works, Cheryl Taylor states, “Getting this work done is incredibly important. The utility work is part of Phase II of the North Kimball Avenue Widening and will allow for further progression on this significant roadway project.”
For more information regarding the North Kimball Avenue Improvement Project, please contact Steven Anderson, P.E. in the Public Works Department at 817-748-8098. For additional information about N. Kimball Avenue project, please visit the project web page.