Saturday, September 18, 2021

N. Carroll Avenue Paving Project Forges Ahead

Road reconstruction on N. Carroll Avenue is nearing completion.

Strip-A-Zone is set to wrap up striping the roadway by the end of the week, weather permitting.

Tarrant County crews have completed road edging and Sims Grass will apply grass seed to the landscape in the coming week.

The N. Carroll Avenue Paving Project is estimated to cost $450,000 and is scheduled to be completed by August 6, weather permitting. For more information, including updates, follow the Southlake Mobility Facebook page or visit www.ConnectSouthlake.com.

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: www.CityofSouthlake.com/NorthWhiteChapel. For questions or concerns, please contact the Public Works Department at 817-748-8098.

Expected Winter Weather Could Impact City Services

Due to the anticipated inclement weather this weekend and next week, the City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 16 will be held virtually. Other board and commissions’ meetings may be held virtually. Keep an eye on our Virtual Meetings webpage for the latest information. 

Any further changes and closures due to weather will be announced through MySouthlakeNews.com and our social media pages. 

Winter weather could impact City services. We will provide updates through social media regarding changes. 

Residents are encouraged to utilize the City’s e-services.  

Building Inspections 

The City’s Building Inspection Division will not be scheduling or conducting any on-site inspections on Monday, February 15. Virtual inspections for water heater replacement and HVAC will still be available. The department will be continuously monitoring weather conditions to determine when on-site building inspections can resume. For updates on building inspection statuses, please visit the Building Inspections webpage or Customer Self-Service webpage. For questions, please call 817-748-8236 or 817-748-8237. 

Road Maintenance 

In the event of snow accumulation, the City will work to clear main thoroughfares for public safety. Construction projects will be affected by weather due to precipitation and temperature. 

Please check road conditions through local media outlets or through Texas Department of Transportation Drive Texas websitebefore you drive and remember drive safely on roads with snow or potential ice. 

Trash and Recycling 

Republic Services has informed the City of Southlake that potential inclement weather could affect trash and recycling collection. We will communicate any updates we receive from Republic on changes to the schedule through social media and MySouthlakeNews.com. 

Infrastructure 

To protect your home, please use the following recommendations: 

  1. Place a hose bib cover on all outdoor faucets. If you do not have hose bib covers, a hand towel from the bathroom and duct tape will be a great substitute.
  2. Let a sink or tworunvery slow. A drip on the cold side works well, especially on the north side of your home. Water is cheaper than a broken pipe!  
  3. Leave cabinets under bathroom sinks open to let some warm air circulate.
  4. Please turn off thoseyard sprinkler systemsfor everyone’s safety! 
  5. To report any sprinkler systems running during freezing weather, call Southlake Water Utilities24 hourline at 817-748-8082 to report! 
  6. Bring your pets inside!
  7. Check your fire protection systems to verify pipes are insulated and the heaters are plugged in and working properly.
  8. Verify swimming pool pumps are winterized or running.

Winter Weather Preparedness 

To stay updated on weather alerts, please make sure you are signed up for Alert Southlake. If you’re already signed up, please verify your Alert Southlake contact information. 

As you prepare for anticipated weather events, please remember to prepare your home and vehicle, as well as potential power outages. Make sure to have water and warm clothing or blankets with you if you leave your home. 

Use the infographic below for guidance. 

Items to Have in Preparation for Winter Weather

It is important for all of us to stay safe during potential winter weather. Please be safe and stay up to date on weather conditions. Stay safe Southlake! 

More Activity Coming for Phase 2 of N. White Chapel Widening Project

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.

Stay in-the-know with this project by following Southlake Mobility on Facebook, visiting the website at www.ConnectSouthlake.com and signing up for the Mobility Newsletter.

Major Traffic Switch Coming with N. White Chapel Widening Project

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.”

Want to stay updated on this project? Follow Southlake Mobility on Facebook for all the up-to-date mobility news in Southlake. You can also visit the website at www.ConnectSouthlake.com.

End in Sight for TxDOT FM 1938 Project

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:

  • Completion of a screening wall along the Myers Meadow subdivision and
  • Paving the remaining north and southbound lanes at the north end of the project.

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.

Stay up-to-date with construction updated by following Southlake Mobility on Facebook.

What’s the latest with the N. White Chapel Widening Project?

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.

FM 1938 Construction Near Myers Meadow Gets Underway

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.

Stay up-to-date with construction updates by following the Southlake Mobility page on Facebook.

Road Construction Alert: Byron Nelson near Nettleton & Inwood

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.