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.
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.
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.