Sunday, June 13, 2021

Signal Work to Begin Next Week on FM 1709

Signal work begins next week at most of the intersections along FM 1709 (Southlake Boulevard). Advanced warning signs are going up along the road between State Highway 114 and Interstate 35W 

Contractors will be upgrading communication and video cameras at signalized intersections. The project is expected to take four months. 

Traffic signals on FM 1709 are owned and operated by TxDOT. 

Keep up with all our mobility news by subscribing to the Mobility E-Newsletter or following the Southlake Mobility Facebook page. 

Park Village Fountain Repairs

The privately-owned Park Village fountains are days away from completion according to a ShopCore Properties representative.

ShopCore’s representative also tells the City that crews are working quickly to wrap up the work. After troubleshooting robotics and sealer issues last week, the larger fountain is now filled with water and running. With a few more updates to the robotics system, the large fountain is expected to be fully functional by next week.

The representative also indicated that the smaller fountain near Taverna Rossa is also expected to be repaired next week. A broken water pipe needs to be fixed before that fountain is back online.

The Park Village Fountains are located on the corner of Southlake Boulevard and Carroll Avenue. The Southlake City Council approved the privately-owned fountains as part of the Park Village development in 2013.

TxDot Confirms Anticipated Completion of Davis Boulevard to be Summer 2017

TxDot now confirms anticipated completion of the Davis (FM 1938) Boulevard project will be Summer 2017.

TxDot recently confirmed substantial completion of the Davis (FM 1938) and Southlake (FM 1709) intersection by the end of the year. TxDot states that reconstruction is substantially complete with all through lanes on FM 1709 open, and that some work is still ongoing on the north side of the intersection and occasional lane closures will still be necessary. TxDot also says that sometime in January, weather permitting, that all other lanes at the intersection will be open when the taper to one lane north of the intersection is moved further to the north.

TxDOT has informed the City that a traffic switch on Davis will occur on Friday, December 30th. Northbound traffic will be routed to the newly completed pavement.

TxDOT uses social media accounts (created in September of this year) to aid with the communication of road closures and progress updates to Davis Boulevard. You can “like” the FM1938Mobility page on Facebook or “follow” FM1938Mobility on Twitter for the latest updates.

The City of Southlake will continue to keep you updated through the City of Southlake, TX – Government Facebook page and City of Southlake Twitter page.  You can also find information at the Southlake DPS Facebook page and the Southlake DPS Twitter page. Also, information will be updated on the City’s FM 1938 Road Construction page. If you have questions specific to the construction, please contact Stephen Ranft from TxDOT at 817-462-0520 or Alex Ayala from the City of Southlake at 817-748-8274.

FM 1938 Project Update – Southbound FM 1938 Traffic Can Now Use Two Through Lanes

New Lane Signs at the FM 1938/Southlake Blvd Intersection

New Lane Signs at the FM 1938/Southlake Blvd Intersection

TxDOT placed new signs on southbound FM 1938 near the intersection with Southlake Boulevard that identifies recent changes to how traffic moves through the intersection (see image).

The construction along FM 1938 has caused numerous headaches for motorists.  At the intersection of FM 1938 and Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709), those headaches take the form of long lines, the perception of short signal cycles, and just the general frustrations caused by the amount of traffic on the roads.  Since the project’s inception however, TxDOT has worked with the City to address many frustrations related to signal timing, working hours, etc.

One issue recently fixed now allows cars heading southbound two through lanes at the FM 1938/Southlake Boulevard intersection rather than the single lane that was previously available.  Opening another lane that goes through the intersection improved traffic back up at this location significantly.  Cars have been able to move quicker through the intersection and the backups that have become commonplace in the AM and PM peak have been less severe.

The FM 1938 project is expected to be complete by the end of 2017.  TxDOT and the City of Southlake will continue providing regular updates on the project as they become available.

For questions about the FM 1938 project, please contact the TxDOT Mobility Coordinator Stephen Ranft at fm1938mobility@gmail.com or 817-462-0520.

FM 1938 Update – Lovegrass Lane to be closed

The FM 1938 project continues to move forward as Lovegrass Lane is expected to be closed starting Wednesday, May 4, 2016.

Lovegrass Ln Detour May 2016

Lovegrass Lane Closure Detour Map

Beginning Wednesday, May 4, 2016 (weather permitting), TxDOT contractors plan to close Lovegrass Lane at FM 1938 in order to perform roadway construction in the area. The closure is expected to happen around 6:00 a.m. and will last approximately one week from the start date. Motorists are asked to seek alternate routes to/from Lovegrass Lane and TxDOT has provided suggestions for those alternate routes (click here for a map).

Johnson Road at FM 1938 will remain open during the time that Lovegrass Lane is closed.

For questions about the FM 1938 project, contact Stephen Ranft – TxDOT Mobility Coordinator – at 817-462-0520 or fm1938mobility@gmail.com.

FM 1938 Update – Week of October 19, 2015

TxDOT will be closing some access driveways on FM 1938, south of Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709), as part of the FM 1938 Phase II construction project.

Upcoming driveway closures for the week of October 19, 2015

Upcoming driveway closures for the week of October 19, 2015

Beginning the week of October 19, 2015, the middle access driveway on the east side of FM 1938 (Davis Blvd) south of FM 1709 (Southlake Blvd) is planned to be temporarily closed for approximately four days in order to perform storm drainage installation.  During this time, the southern access driveway (near MOOYAH) will be open to provide access from FM 1938 (see picture for driveway closure/open locations).

Once the installation of the storm drain is complete, the two driveways will revert back to the previous configuration.  All other driveway configurations will remain as shown until further notice while construction activity continues in this area.  Please use alternate driveways to access your destination.

The FM 1938 project continues to roll along, making significant progress and we appreciate your continued patience going forward. The project, once finished, will improve mobility greatly at the intersection of FM 1709/FM 1938 and north along FM 1938 (Davis Boulevard).

For questions about the FM 1938 Phase II project, please contact Stephen Ranft, TxDOT mobility coordinator, at fm1938mobility@gmail.com or 817-462-0520.

FM 1938 Phase II Update – Randol Mill Closure Beginning Tonight

Randol Mill closure - FM 1709 to Johnson Road. FM 1938 Phase II roadwork

Randol Mill closure – FM 1709 to Johnson Road. FM 1938 Phase II roadwork

Beginning tonight, June 23, 2015 at approximately 8:00PM, construction crews will close FM 1938 (Randol Mill Avenue) north of the FM 1709 (Southlake Boulevard) intersection to just south of Johnson Road  to perform storm drainage installation (see map). The road will remain closed to all traffic until approximately 6:00AM, Wednesday June 24, 2015.

Motorists can expect similar closures to occur late Wednesday (6/24) into early Thursday (6/25) morning, and late Thursday (6/25) into early Friday (6/26) morning. No work will be done Friday or Saturday and the work will not impact the Stars and Stripes event scheduled for Friday, July 3, 2015.

The storm drainage installation is expected to last approximately three weeks. During that time, this section of road will be closed nightly from Sunday through early Friday morning. If you have to travel in the area after 8:00PM on those days, please be aware of the closure and seek alternate routes.

Also remember to please slow down, obey warning signs, use caution, have patience while traveling through the construction area and do not cross barricades.

For questions, please contact Stephen Ranft, TxDOT Mobility Coordinator at 817-462-0520 and fm1938mobility@gmail.com

Lane closures and traffic switches are subject to changes due to weather and schedule.

OBA – New "Yield to U-Turn" Signs coming to Southlake Boulevard

Right on Red Yield to U-Turn

Example of new signs to be placed along Southlake Boulevard.

Beginning  January 9, 2015, the Public Works Department will be installing “Right on Red Yields to U-Turn Signs” at the north and south side of Carroll Avenue and Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709).   The installation of these signs at Carroll Avenue and Southlake Boulevard  will kick-off an anticipated 30-day process to install similar signs at approximately 32 locations along Southlake Boulevard.

Concerns of potential accidents between those making legal u-turns and those turning right on red have been communicated clearly to the City – “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost been hit while I’m making a legal u-turn (with a green arrow) – by a car turning right on a red. And they get mad at me!” or ” I have had to speed up or slow down on my u-turn as other driver’s making right turns on red would be turning into my turning area.” The signs are meant to help drivers and clear up confusion.

Affected lanes will close temporarily so crews can install the signs.  Closures are not expected to exceed an hour weather permitting. Additionally, the installations will take place during off-peak times in order to lessen the impact on traffic in and around the intersection.  Motorists should be aware of this work and exercise caution when traveling through the intersection.

The safety of motorists and non-motorists is a top priority for the City of Southlake, which is why the Office of Traffic Management (OTM) is moving quickly to resolve this issue. This effort is just part of the OTM’s mission to support better mobility within City limits.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Traffic Management at  817-748-8130. If you have concerns or want to comment on traffic and mobility in Southlake, visit the Office of Traffic Management website and submit your questions/concerns here .

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Other intersections (north and south) along Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709) where these signs will be placed include:

Nolen Drive

Byron Nelson Parkway

FM 1938

Kimball Avenue

White Chapel Boulevard

Brock Drive

Home Goods driveway

Timber Lakes Drive

Watermere Drive

Village Center

Southridge Lakes Parkway

Opening west of Watermere Drive

Carroll Avenue

Peytonville Avenue

Pearson Lane

Tower Boulevard

Player’s Circle/Meadowlark

 

Illuminated Street Name Sign (ILSN) and Battery Back-Up Project Wrap Up

ILSN-frontOver the last several months, City contractors have been installing illuminated street name signs (ILSN) and battery back-ups, at most major intersections along Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709).

The  ILSN and battery back-up project, which aims to  improve nighttime visibility of street signs along Southlake Boulevard and to ensure the signals continue to work during power failures, will be wrapping up in the next few weeks.

We appreciate your patience during the installation of the illuminated street name signs and battery back-ups. It was a long process, but these projects will make traveling along Southlake Boulevard safer.

For questions regarding the illuminated street name signs, please contact Steven Anderson, P.E. in the Public Works Department at 817-748-8098. For additional information about the illuminated street name signs, please visit the project web page here.