Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Sidewalk Improvements

More Sidewalks are coming to Southlake!

The Southlake Mobility Team is back at it again, with plans to install sidewalks along the SH 114 Frontage Road.

This new segment will include 1,130 linear feet of concrete sidewalks along the westbound SH 114 Frontage Road between Blessed Way and Briarwood Drive. This section of sidewalk will allow for continuous connection and provide a pathway to the Gateway Church Southlake Campus.

Construction started on Monday, November 1, and is estimated to be completed by December 2021, weather permitting.

As a result, lane closures will occur intermittently for the duration of the project.


For more updates on the SH 114 Sidewalk Project, please follow the Southlake Mobility Facebook page or sign up for the Mobility e-newsletter.

What’s Happening on SH 114?

Preparations for the SH 114 frontage road expansion project are underway. The joint project with TxDOT kicked off in 2018 as an initiative to complete the connection of the SH 114 frontage road from Southlake to Trophy Club.

The eastbound and westbound frontage roads currently end as they approach Dove Road and start back up near Kirkwood Blvd. Extending it will provide commuters a continuous alternate route from Grapevine to Southlake to Trophy Club. This will reduce the need for drivers to re-enter the highway at Dove Road and exit again at Kirkwood Boulevard to continue on the frontage road. As part of this project, the exit and entrance ramps will be reversed to prevent unsafe merging behavior on the main lanes of the highway. TxDOT is taking this approach to highway ramps on its facilities statewide.

Earlier this week, contractors began utility relocation between Kirkwood Boulevard and Dove Road and hope to be done in November 2020, weather permitting. The City has requested proposals for the construction of the frontage road and hopes to award this portion of the project in October 2020. The estimated funding the City of Southlake is providing for this project is $3 million.

This Capital Improvement Project is also a part of the Mobility Master Plan, which identifies construction projects and investment opportunities to foster convenient and safe travel through Southlake.

For more CIP updates, please visit the CIP page on the City’s website.

White Chapel Widening Project Ready to Turn Major Milestone

It’s hard to remember what N. White Chapel looked like a year ago with all of the changes in the past 12 months. Gone is the four-way stop at N. White Chapel and Highland as is the single north and southbound lanes between Highland and SH 114. In the coming weeks both lanes will be open from SH 114 all the way past Highland through the new dual-lane roundabout.

As Phase 1 of the two-phase project is close to wrapping up, crews have made significant progress in the last few months. New sidewalks have been completed and the roundabout has been constructed and lined with a stamped concrete. The next visible changes to look for will be the addition of landscaping and the installation of new public art in the center of the roundabout.

This past March, City Council approved artist Boris Kramer’s piece “Be the Bridge” to adorn the roundabout.

In addition to landscaping in the roundabout, the new medians will also be landscaped. Decorative pavers have already been installed as has the infrastructure for new lighting. Look for the new lights in the coming weeks. Keep in mind, the landscaping work may require some temporary lane closures to help keep crews safe while they work.

Weather permitting all lanes of traffic will be open by the end of the year.

While Phase 1 of the project has been very active, Phase 2 has also been gaining momentum. Third-party utility crews have been steadily working to relocate utility lines to make way for the new lanes to be added next year. To date, crews have started to remove over-head utility lines and install temporary construction fencing on the east side of N. White Chapel to prepare for the construction of a new screening wall. In the months to come, the screening wall will be built and crews will start work on water utility relocation.

As the project makes progress, motorists can expect a few temporary lane closures to accommodate utility work. Major road widening construction is not anticipated to really kick off until the summer months of 2020.

Once the entire project is complete, N. White Chapel will be a divided four-lane road between FM 1709 and SH 114 with new sidewalks to accompany the new traffic lanes.

As always, we thank you for your cooperation during this project and encourage you to stay up-to-date with the latest project news by following Southlake Mobility on Facebook.

Good news for SH 114 Drivers. Frontage road expansions coming

Southlake City Council approved a $3 million funding agreement with TxDOT, during the December 4 City Council meeting, for the construction of east and westbound frontage roads along SH 114 between Kirkwood Boulevard and Dove Road.

“For those of you who are familiar with highway 114, the frontage road that mysteriously ends at Dove Road and then starts again in Trophy Club. So our goal is that you can take the frontage road all the way from Grapevine to Trophy Club,” Mayor Laura Hill stated during the City Council meeting. 114 Frontage Rd

This project will serve as a welcome addition along this stretch of the 114 corridor. Continued development along the corridor, particularly in Southlake, continues to increase traffic volumes throughout the region.

“Regional growth in recent year has increased the usage of SH 114 as a key east-west connector,” notes Public Works Director Rob Cohen. “This has made the need for capacity improvements such as the completion of the frontage roads more pressing.”

The City is constantly striving to develop an innovative mobility system to provide a safe, convenient and effective way for motorists to travel through Southlake. Foreseeing the growth of the 114 corridor and an increase in traffic volumes, the City engaged with consultants in April 2016 to manage and perform preconstruction activities for this project.

The map shows the proposed westbound frontage road. Completion of this project will eliminate the need for motorists to re-enter the highway at Dove Road in order to continue onto Kirkwood Boulevard.  Next steps for this project include environmental studies and selecting contractors. Weather permitting; construction could start in late 2019.

As part of the Mobility Master Plan this project is just one of many current and future projects aimed at providing a safe and efficient network to allow for improved mobility in Southlake.  You can stay up-to-date on this project and other CIP projects by visiting the CIP page on the City website.

N. White Chapel Widening Project Staying on Schedule

Contractors working on the N. White Chapel widening project, between Highland Ave. and SH 114, are continuing to work on schedule.

“So far Mother Nature has cooperated with us, and the work is moving along smoothly and on or a little ahead of schedule,” said Deputy City Engineer Steven Anderson. “If the weather doesn’t interfere too much we’ll be able to make some great progress this summer.”

On Saturday, July 14, there will be a complete lane closure on N. White Chaple, from Highland Ave. to SH 114, for utility work. The closure will start around 10 a.m. and with an expected completion around 1 p.m. will all lanes reopened.

The current traffic pattern, with the temporary lane shift, will remain in place while the contractor continues to install utility infrastructure. The 12-inch water line and sanitary sewer installation are about 90% complete. Up next is the storm drain installation, set to begin in the next couple of weeks.

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.

TD Ameritrade named the 2018 Southlake Corporate Business of the Year

The Southlake Chamber of Commerce named TD Ameritrade as the 2018 Southlake Corporate Business of the Year at their June 21 awards banquet.

Held at The Marq Southlake, the award program recognizes and celebrates the Southlake community. “The Southlake Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a part of this great city, where volunteerism and corporate citizenship are a way of life,” noted Chamber CEO Mark Guilbert.

TD Ameritrade was recognized for its significant investment in the city and commitment to being an active community partner by supporting numerous events and giving employees eight hours of paid time off each year to volunteer for the organization of their choice.

The Nebraska-based brokerage firm recently opened the 300,000 plus square foot Southlake campus in January 2018 and welcomed almost 2,000 new employees to Southlake.

In a March 2017, My Southlake News article Melissa Matson, a senior specialist for corporate communications at TD Ameritrade, talked about their commitment to the community. “We are committed to growing our footprint in the DFW area and becoming an employer of choice within the community,” she stated.

On April 26, 2018, the company celebrated their grand opening in Southlake. According to TD Ameritrade President and CEO Tim Hockey, who was on-hand for the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony, the Southlake facility will help support the continued growth of the company.

“As TD Ameritrade starts its new chapter in Southlake, we are a much larger company that we were 20 years ago. Our new Business Center is intended to support the continued growth of the company, as well as help our associates become more efficient, collaborative and successful in their careers,” Hockey stated.

Mayor Laura Hill officially welcomed TD Ameritrade to the city at their grand opening event and expressed her excitement for having the company in Southlake.

“You are a part of Southlake now and we knew from the beginning this was special for our community. This has truly been a partnership, and I expect great things from both sides as we move forward. Thank you for being here and making Southlake better,” Hill stated.

“This is exactly the type of high-quality development we want along SH114 and we couldn’t be happier to welcome TD Ameritrade to Southlake,” Hill added.

Utility work on N. White Chapel moving along

Contractors are right on schedule with the N. White Chapel widening project, located between Highland and SH 114.

White Chapel update 2018621 interiorA recent lane shift has allowed the contractor to begin installing utility infrastructure. This includes water, sewer, and drainage. Next will be the installation of a 12-inch waterline, scheduled to begin in the next couple of weeks.

As always, motorists are reminded to use caution when traveling through the work zone.

Keep 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.

N. White Chapel Road Closure Saturday, June 2

Getting to SH 114 from N. White Chapel will be a little complicated on Saturday, June 2. City contractors will be closing N. White Chapel between Highland and SH 114 during daylight hours; this will be approximately from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

All lanes of this section of N. White Chapel need to be closed for the contractor to safely install a sanitary sewer crossing. The intersection of Highland and N. White Chapel will not be impacted during the closure. Message boards will be in place to help remind motorists of the road closure days leading up to the closure and on Saturday.

See the map below to view the closed section of road.

June 2 N. White Chapel Closure Map

Stay up-to-date with this project by following the new Southlake Mobility page on Facebook, signing up for the mobility email list, and checking out the project webpage.

Dirt is flying on N. White Chapel

The N. White Chapel widening project, between Highland and SH 114, is well underway and moving along schedule. Motorists can expect to see more orange barrels when construction picks up at the end of the school year.

As part of the first stages of the project, utility relocation work continues. As the work progresses to the next stages of the project, there will be some rolling lane closures to accommodate construction. Pavement for a temporary lane will be constructed in the next couple of weeks.

A tentative road closure is set for Saturday, June 2 in order for the contractor to safely make a utility crossing. As final preparations are made, more will be communicated to help ensure a safe closure. Message boards will also be in place several days before a closure happens.

“Safety is always one of our top priorities,” said Director of Public Work Rob Cohen. “When we started this project we said we anticipated work to take approximately 18 months to complete. This part of the project is just the start. As always, I’d like to remind motorists to be aware of their surroundings while they drive through a construction zone and keep an eye out for the workers.”

There are several ways to keep up-to-date with the project. Follow 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.