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FM 1938 Update – Construction Plans for Saturday and Lovegrass Lane to re-open Monday, July 25

The limits of the work planned for Saturday, July 23, 2016.

The limits of the work planned for Saturday, July 23, 2016.

TxDOT has provided the following updates to the FM 1938 widening project.

Expected Work for Saturday, July 23, 2016:

Various lane closures are planned on FM 1938, between Fawkes Lane and Randol Mill Avenue (north end of project limits) from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2016 (see map).  TxDOT contractors plan to install concrete pavement in this area and will need to close lanes to ensure the safety of their workers.  Motorists should also use caution when traveling through the area.

Lovegrass Lane to Open: 

The previously closed Lovegrass Lane is expected to open some time after 9:00am on Monday, July 25, 2016.  The planned roadway construction has been completed ahead of schedule.

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

FM 1938 Update – Lovegrass Lane to be Closed Starting July 12, 2016

Lovegrass-Ln-Detour-Jul-2016

Suggested detours during the Lovegrass Lane closure.

TxDOT plans to close Lovegrass Lane for approximately two weeks starting July 12, 2016.

Beginning Tuesday, July 12, 2016, TxDOT plans to close Lovegrass Lane at FM 1938 in order to perform roadway construction in this area.  The closure is expected to last approximately two weeks.

Motorists looking to access Lovegrass Lane will need to seek alternate routes.  TxDOT has provided a map of suggested detours (see image on the right).  It’s also important to note that Johnson Road at FM 1938 will continue to remain open during the time that Lovegrass Lane is closed.

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

You may also contact the Southlake Public Works Department at 817-748-8098 or visit the project page located here.

FM 1938 Construction Progress Report

The FM 1938 Phase II project has seen some significant progress over the last several months, reaching some important milestones in the process.

For commuters traveling east and west bound along Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709), the work at the intersection at FM 1938 has become an all too familiar, if frustrating sight -slow traffic during morning and evening rush hours, long lines of cars waiting to turn in all directions at the intersection and traffic signals that don’t seem to be able move all the cars in a speedy manner.

As the frustration grows, so do the criticisms of the project. From the comments the City receives via it’s social media and, more recently, the 2015 Citizen Satisfaction Survey, there are many who believe: “that too little is being done by TxDOT”; “that it’s a mess”; and “that it’s making things worse.” One common topic of criticism however, is that the FM 1938 Phase 2 project, which is expected to be done in 2017, isn’t showing any significant progress in reaching that completion date.

Since the project’s start in April 2015 however, TxDOT contractors have been working daily along northbound FM 1938 and the intersection of FM 1938/Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709)- usually during off-peak hours and nights as to avoid making the traffic situation any worse. In that time, new asphalt has been laid, the installation of drainage is on-going, and the widening of segments of the road – such as near Johnson Road, Florence Road, and Beam Drive – is underway. Overall, that work north along FM 1938 represents significant progress on this project.

Recently, some news was shared regarding the time table for the completion of the intersection work at FM 1938 and Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709). “Our hope is that by the end of the Summer 2016… this intersection should be completed” said former Southlake Public Works Director Bob Price at the February 16, 2016 City Council Meeting during a discussion of capital project updates. This optimism is fueled by the significant work completed so far- such as some of the under ground drainage and the paving that has begun at the intersection – and TxDOTs own time table for the completion of the intersection work.  And although the date isn’t set in stone, it does represent a light at the end of the tunnel that one of the biggest sources of traffic congestion could be finished in the next several months.

As we more forward, keep in mind that significant works remains and that this construction will continue to challenge motorists’ patience during the morning and evening rush hours.  It’s with that in mind that we offer some helpful hints:

  • Plan ahead and give yourself enough time to get where you need to go
  • Use a traffic application if possible
  • Be patient. The construction won’t be complete until 2017.
  • Stay informed.

The last point is crucial in getting through these growing pains. The City is doing what we can to make residents aware of the progress of the project via MySouthlakeNews.com, Facebook and Twitter. TxDOT also provides periodic updates via the fm1938mobility@gmail.com email list – sign up to keep up to date on the latest in the FM 1938 construction project.

FM 1938 Construction Alert – Carpe Diem Driveway to Be Closed for Two Weeks

Carpe Diem Driveway Closure due to FM 1938 construction

Carpe Diem Driveway Closure due to FM 1938 construction

Driveway access to the Carpe Diem Preschool will be blocked due to TxDOT roadway construction on FM 1938.

Beginning Thursday, February 18, 2016, TxDOT contractors will close the driveway access at the Carpe Diem Preschool on FM 1938 – located on the northwest corner of the intersection of FM 1938 and Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709) – in order to re-construct the driveway and pave this area of FM 1938.

Access to the driveway will be restricted beginning at 9:00am on February 18, and the driveway will remain closed for approximately two weeks, weather permitting.

TxDOT asks that motorists please use the alternate driveway access during this time and to continue to exercise caution when traveling through the construction area.

For questions about this closure or the FM 1938 project itself, please contact Stephen Ranft, TXDOT Mobility Coordinator, at 817-462-0520 and fm1938mobility.com

Fm 1938 Update – Paving Begins on FM 1938 Construction Project

Paved section of FM 1938 between Top Rail and Johnson Rd.

Paved section of FM 1938 between Top Rail and Johnson Rd.

Paving of FM 1938 from the Carpe Diem School to Dream Maker/Gifford Ct began this week as the FM 1938 Phase II project reaches another milestone.

Motorists should notice some significant work being done on FM 1938/Randol Mill Road this week as TxDOT crews began paving a section of FM 1938 from the Carpe Diem School to Dream Maker/Gifford Court.  Work is being done in the evenings after 7:00pm in order to minimize impacts to traffic and the paving is expected to last the next several weeks. If you are traveling in the area while the work is being done, please exercise caution.

TxDOT has also requested that motorists do not pass the barricades and drive on the new pavement.  Pedestrians should also avoid walking on the new pavement while the barricades are up. This is not only for your safety, but also necessary to ensure that the pavement hardens in a timely manner. Driving and/or walking on the road while it’s hardening could cause delays  to the project.

For additional information about this project,  visit the project page here.   For questions, please contact TxDOT Mobility Coordinator Stephen Ranft at (phone number) and fm1938mobility@gmail.com.

Fm 1938 TxDOT Construction Update – Week of December 20

Fm 1938 Storm Drain Installation Location

Fm 1938 Storm Drain Installation Location

TxDOT construction along FM 1938 continues the week of December 20th with the installation of storm drains between Florence Road and Fawkes Lane.

Beginning Tuesday, December 22, 2015, TxDOT crews will be installing underground storm drains along FM 1938 between Florence Road and Fawkes Lane. Lane closures are planned on this section of FM 1938 between  the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m .  Work is expected to be complete by end of day Wednesday, December  23, 2015.

Traffic will be affected for the duration of this closure and delays are likely due to the need to close down various lanes. Please exercise caution when traveling in the area and plan travel accordingly. Please remember: Lane closures and traffic switches are subject to changes due to weather and schedule.

For information about the FM 1938 roadway expansion, please click here. For questions, contract Stephen Ranft, TxDOT Mobility Coordinator, at fm1938mobility@gmail.com or 817-462-0520.

Florence Road to be Closed – FM 1938 Project Detour

 

Florence Road Detour beginning October 23, 2015

Florence Road Detour beginning October 23, 2015

TxDOT plans to close Florence Road beginning Friday, October 23, 2015.

As part of the ongoing FM 1938 Phase II project, TxDOT will be closing Florence Road at FM 1938 to reconstruct the road in this area. The closure is expected to happen around 7:00 am  and motorists can expect that the road will be closed for approximately three weeks (weather permitting).

A map of suggested alternate routes to/from Florence Road from FM 1938 has been provided by TxDOT and can be viewed by clicking on the image to the right. Some suggested routes include using Fawkes Lane from the north and Johnson Road, which has recently been re-opened, from the south.

Please exercise caution when traveling through the area and be aware of the road closures. Remember, this is an active construction zone so please do not run, jog, bike or engage in any other activity that may put you or the workers in harms way.

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 Intersection Work to Begin Monday, 8/10

Approximate area of lane closures

Approximate area of lane closures

Some major changes are happening at the intersection of FM 1938 and FM 1709 (Southlake Boulevard) as part of the FM 1938 Phase II project.

Beginning the week of August 10, 2015, TxDOT will be closing various lanes along east and westbound FM 1709 (Southlake Boulevard) and north and southbound FM 1938 in preparation for construction on the intersection.  Motorists can expect the following:

  • The outside lane on FM 1709 westbound and on FM 1938 north of the intersection are planned to be closed indefinitely beginning Monday evening, August 10 at 8:00 p.m. to install concrete traffic barrier and begin construction activity at the intersection.
  • The outside lane on FM 1709 eastbound and on FM 1938 south of the intersection are planned to be closed indefinitely beginning Tuesday evening, August 11 at 8:00 p.m. to install concrete traffic barrier and begin construction activity at the intersection.

Several access driveways near the intersection of FM 1938 and FM 1709 are also planned to be closed indefinitely beginning Monday August 10 (click here for driveway closure locations). The driveways will be closed until further notice while construction activity occurs in this area. Please use alternate driveways to access your destination.

Additional various lane closures may occur at this location beginning Wednesday evening, August 12 at 8:00 p.m. to Thursday morning, August 13 at 6:00 a.m., if necessary.

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Work on the intersection is a major milestone in the FM 1938 Phase II project and once it’s complete, will add dual left turn lanes on all sides of the intersection. This will improve mobility and traffic flow in the area and address major traffic concerns stemming from an increase in cars along FM 1709 (Southlake Boulevard). Until it’s complete however, we ask for patience for the duration of the work. City staff will be working with TxDOT to provide regular updates. Please make sure to check the cityofsouthlake.com and the City’s Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on the FM 1938 construction.

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

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

Please slow down, use caution and have patience while traveling through the construction area.

North White Chapel Opening Thursday 7/16

North White Chapel free of water

North White Chapel free of water

The previously flooded section of North White Chapel opens Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 7:00 a.m.  The road was closed due to flooding from Lake Grapevine.

Public Works crews swept and cleaned the road to remove debris. While water is still near the edge of the roadway, orange and white barricades are aligned along the side of the road to ensure motorist safety. These barricades are temporary and will be removed in the coming weeks as the water recedes from the roadside.

Drivers are asked to pay special attention in this area and take care when driving in the area, especially at night.

For questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 817-748-8079.