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.
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.”
The good news is that the TxDOT FM 1938 widening project has made significant progress in the last few months. The construction of the underground drainage structure has been completed, and construction of the Myers Meadows screening wall is well underway.
The not so great news is that until these final phases are completed, the area will remain a work zone. Work to be done includes:
As work continues, the light at the end of the tunnel grows brighter. Now that the drainage structure has been completed, paving operations for the remaining area at the north end of the project are expected to start in the coming weeks. In the last few weeks, crews have been focused on backfilling the massive drainage structure. The new northbound lanes are expected to be completed in the next month or so then traffic will be switched again to allow for the construction of the southbound lanes.
“We know this TxDOT project has taken much longer than anticipated, but like many construction projects, it’s hit a few snags along the way. The good news is the end is in sight,” notes Public Works Director Rob Cohen. “Once completed this FM 1938 corridor will be a great addition to the City of Southlake and provide more connectivity to SH 114. We’re looking forward to it.”
The Myers Meadow screening wall underground utility relocations have been completed allowing crews to continue the construction of the screening wall. In the last few weeks, underground piers have been completed, and concrete work on the columns has started. Once the columns are complete the next step will be to install the wall panels. Work on the screening wall is expected to last a couple more months. Once completed, the wall will be a welcome aesthetic barrier from the road for the Myers Meadow subdivision.
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One of the easiest ways to delay a construction project is rain. While the region has seen a lot of rain lately, the N. White Chapel widening project has not been one of Mother Nature’s victims.
There has been minimal activity on site due to the heavy rainfall, but the project remains on schedule.
“Even though we have had a significant amount of rain lately, we’re in good shape,” said Deputy City Engineer Steven Anderson. “The utility work is almost complete with about 95 percent of the work done. Once the weather lets up, we should be able to start rolling on paving.”
The 12-inch water line and sanitary sewer installation are complete, and the storm drain installation is about 50 percent complete.
Paving on the northbound lanes is expected to begin soon. Once the prep on the roadway base is complete, actual paving will begin. Motorists will notice an increase in concrete trucks entering and leaving the site.
Once again, drivers are reminded to use caution when traveling through the work zone.
Stay up-to-date with this project by following the new Southlake Mobility page on Facebook, sign up for the mobility email list, look for stories on My Southlake News and check out the project webpage on the City website.
Starting August 6, TxDOT is planning to close the northbound outside (right) lane on FM 1938 from just north of FM 1709 (Southlake Blvd) to near Camden Circle.
The closure is to allow crews to start construction of the screen wall adjacent to the Myers Meadow subdivision located on the east side of FM 1938. Drivers should be aware that the lane will remain closed and will result in a single northbound thru lane around the work zone until the screen wall work is completed at the end of October.
As a reminder, while construction work is being completed, the entire FM 1938 corridor is considered a construction zone and the current speed limit of 30 mph will remain in place until the project is complete.
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Pavement repairs on the northbound lanes of Byron Nelson Parkway between Nettleton and Inwood Drives are scheduled to begin August 6.
As the Southlake Public Works Street Division makes the necessary repairs, Byron Nelson Parkway will be reduced to a single lane in each direction within the southbound lanes for the duration of the project.
Drivers who are in the area are asked to keep an eye out for workers as well as message boards and traffic control measures.
The original completion date was scheduled to be August 17, but due to the rainy weather, it has been extended to August 24. Questions? Call (817) 748-8082.
Mobility in the north end of Southlake just got a little better, thanks to the widening of Kirkwood Boulevard between Stockton Drive and Tyler Street. The new four-lane roadway also includes new sidewalks on the west side of the road from Dove Road to Tyler.
The final piece of the project to be completed will be the median landscape, which is expected to be completed after the summer heat dissipates.
“This is another great mobility project we’re glad to have completed,” said Public Works Director Rob Cohen. “It was designed and constructed to help Southlake motorists get where they want to go as safely and quickly as possible. I’m glad it is moving along on time and the major work was completed before back to school rush traffic increases across the city.”
A part of a Capital Improvement Plan project designed to help improve current and future mobility in the area, work on Kirkwood started last year. This section of Kirkwood was always intended to be a four-lane, divided roadway, and the expansion of the last two-lane section has increased roadway capacity in the area. This is a welcomed improvement which has accommodated traffic generated by the opening of TD Ameritrade this past spring.
Other recent major projects in the area include the Kirkwood intersection improvements. As part of the City’s 2030 Mobility Master Plan the improvements included the addition of traffic signals at TW King and Kirkwood and Dove and Kirkwood, as well as new turn lanes at each intersection. The City also partnered with TxDOT and Westlake to improve the efficiency of the intersection of Kirkwood and State Highway 114 with the addition of turn lanes and traffic signals. These additions were completed in the spring.
For more information about Capital Improvement Plan projects, visit the City’s new mobility website at www.ConnectSouthlake.com.
From traffic tips to road construction and sidewalk options, the new Connect Southlake Mobility Page is your one-stop-shop for all things related to mobility in the City of Southlake. Designed as a resource to help keep Southlake residents and visitors moving freely, the page offers various options for learning more about issues that impact mobility.
As Southlake and the surrounding region has grown, traffic congestion has increased. Helping people get where they need to go efficiently and safely is one of the City’s top priorities. The new Connect Southlake Mobility Page will bring us one step closer to helping resolve mobility problems in Southlake.
The Connect Southlake Mobility Page offers the following resource links to combat mobility challenges:
View Big Projects for an interactive tour of projects focused on increasing the ease of mobility and traffic flow and stay on top of upcoming and ongoing mobility projects. Click on a project to read the project’s description and see the physical location of the project indicated on a map.
See what’s new in the City regarding road construction, lane closures and more via the Mobility News section. Simply click on a mobility-related story to read the full article on MySouthlakeNews.com.
For live updates, be sure to follow @SouthlakeMobility on Facebook for the latest information on the City’s road construction projects and what is being done to improve mobility in Southlake.
Still have questions about traffic? The City of Southlake’s Traffic Management Division was created to respond to current and future transportation needs. Contact their office at (817) 748 8098.
Southlake Public Works Wastewater personnel will begin necessary repairs on a sewer line located under the roadway in the 600 block of Royal Lane on Wednesday, February 7. Work will continue through the end of Thursday, February 8, weather permitting.
Access to eight homes on Knight Court will be affected. A message board has been placed at the entrance to Royal Lane off of Johnson Rd. to notify residents. Access will be limited to residents and emergency vehicles only. Road plates will be installed over the roadway at the end of the day. Workers will assist residents in getting to their homes.
If you have any questions, please contact Public Works Operations at (817) 748-8082.