DFW Connector’s TEXpress Lanes Set to Open Tuesday, April 1

DFW_Connector_Logo 190x160The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will open the TEXpress Lanes (toll managed lanes) on the DFW Connector on Tuesday, April 1st, as a tool for managing congestion. The lanes are on a 4-mile segment of State Highway (SH) 114 from just west of SH 26 to east of International Parkway (DFW Airport).

The TEXpress Lanes run parallel to fully reconstructed main lanes and frontage roads and offer drivers the option to pay a variable toll. The lanes on the DFW Connector will open on April 1stat zero cost for a temporary introductory period. The incentive period will allow the traveling public to try the lanes, while providing TxDOT an opportunity to continue to test tolling equipment.

“With thousands of people expected to converge on the Metroplex next weekend for the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament and Duck Commander 500 NASCAR race, we believe this is the perfect time to open this new system for congestion management,” said James Bass, TxDOT Interim Executive Director. “This innovative corridor will provide a choice for commuters driving through this vital east west route as well as reduce congestion and improve safety.”

Later this spring, the incentive period will change and tolls will be charged along the 4-mile segment. Initially, the single-occupancy passenger vehicle rate will have a range of $0.67 to $1.00 for the entire segment when using a TollTag from the North Texas Tollway Authority, a TxTAG or an EZ-Pass from the Harris County Toll Road Authority. That rate varies depending on the time of day (peak vs. non-peak hours). Rates also will vary further depending on use of a TollTag or other transponder or pay-by-mail, and depending on vehicle occupancy and number of axles on a vehicle. Toll rates will be posted and clearly marked on electronic signs prior to drivers entering the TEXpress Lanes. In the future, tolls will fluctuate according to traffic volume and rate of speed. Electronic sensors throughout the corridor will measure congestion every few minutes and electronically recalibrate the rates. As congestion increases, the toll rate will increase to ensure that a minimum predictable speed of 50 mph is maintained.

Drivers with a valid NTTA TollTag, TxTag or EZ TAG on their passenger vehicle, along with HOV (High-Occupancy Vehicle) status, will receive discounted rates. HOV discounts can be obtained by pre-registering at www.DriveOnTEXpress.com.

The DFW Connector’s TEXpress Lanes will be the second to open in North Texas. These lanes have been developed over the past several years by transportation planners at the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) and TxDOT, along with other industry experts. The first TEXpress Lanes opened on a 3.2-mile segment of the LBJ Express (Interstate 635) in Dallas on Dec. 13, 2013. After the DFW Connector’s opening, the North Tarrant Express (SH 183 and I-820 in Fort Worth) lanes are expected to open at the end of 2014.

Extensive information about the TEXpress Managed Lanes network is available at www.txdot.gov, keyword “texpress lanes” and at www.texpresslanes.com.

The DFW Connector TEXpress Lanes are part of a $1.1 billion project that reached substantial completion at the end of 2013. The project consisted of eight-and-a-half miles of construction across four highways (including SH 114 and SH 121), two interchanges and more than 39 bridges. The DFW Connector not only expanded roadway capacity, but also improved air quality and alleviated congestion in a heavily traveled area of North Texas – all six months ahead of schedule.

For more information see the DFW Connector TEXpress Lanes Project Fact Sheet.

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The Southlake Senior Activity Center will be Visiting the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum

CR Smith MuseumJoin the Southlake Senior Activity Center on their visit to the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum on Thursday, April 17, 2014 in Ft. Worth. The Southlake Senior bus will depart from the Senior Center at 1:00 p.m. and will return at 4:00 p.m.

The C.R. Smith Museum takes visitors on a flight through American Airlines history, with interactive exhibits featuring historical artifacts, full scale aircraft engines and a rare Douglas DC-3 airliner. During the visit, the featured exhibit SPIN: The Science of Rotation will be on display.

The transportation cost for this event is $3.00 and the admission feee is $4.00. Participants 55+ can register at the Southlake Senior Activity Center located at 307 Parkwood Drive. Please call (817)748-8315 if you would like more information.

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Runway Shoulder Repair Could Lead to Aircraft Noise Monday (3/31/2014)

The City of Southlake has received the following from DFW Airport Noise Office:

DFW must close Runway 18R/36L on Monday, March 31 from 0730AM to 1230PM for some urgent runway shoulder repair.  The National Weather Service is forecasting south flow winds.  No north winds are forecast between about 9PM Saturday, 30 March and sometime after 3PM Tuesday, 2 April, next week.  If this forecast remains valid air traffic will remain in the normal south flow pattern. 

If the winds shift to the north during the runway shoulder repair period, the FAA may have to launch jets over the cities of Southlake and Grapevine.

Citizens with inquiries or complaints are encouraged to contact the DFW Airport’s Noise office by email at DFWNoise@DFWAirport.com or call the 24-hour telephone hotline at 972-973-3192.

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Proper Disposal of Glass and Needles

broken-glass-bottle2No one likes getting cut with broken glass or stuck with a needle. The City’s trash and recycling provider, Republic Services, has noticed an upsurge in injuries to trash collectors and landfill employees in the region related to exposed glass and needles. In order to better protect workers, Republic Services has provided a few tips on how to properly dispose of these hazardous items:

1)      Wrap any broken mirror glass in newspaper and tape before placing in a garbage bag, or, place the glass in a box marked “Broken Mirror.”

2)      Place any broken bottles or jars in a cardboard box labeled “Broken Glass.”

3)      Place any needles in an empty laundry detergent jug or other puncture-proof container before disposal.

These tips also protect residents taking their trash to the garbage can. Exposed glass or needles could potentially cause injury to individuals, as sharp objects may puncture garbage bags. If you have any questions about trash and recycling, or handling hazardous materials, please visit our website by clicking here, or calling the City at 817-748-8400.

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Fix a Leak Week and GreenFest

33786233The City of Southlake will be participating in two events in March aimed at promoting water conservation and sustainability.

Fix a Leak Week

The first event is “Fix a Leak Week,” which will be observed March 17-23, 2014.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Water Sense are promoting this week-long event to raise awareness about water waste and what you can do to save water and save money!

Water leaks account for 1 trillion gallons of water waste each year. By checking places where leaks typically occur and simply being more aware of your water use, families can save thousands of gallons of water yearly. This in turn can save a family more than 10% on their water bills.

The premise is simple: Take 10 minutes. Check the faucets, toilets, dishwasher and other sources for potential leaks. Take the necessary steps to fix the leaks and help save 10,000 gallons of water in your home annually.

Here are a few helpful tips to get you started:

  • Check your meter:  Don’t flush the toilet, run the faucet, or use any water for two hours. Check the meter again. If the meter does not read the same, you probably have a leak.
  • Check your faucets: A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second wastes more than 3,000 gallons in a year. Replace worn washers and gaskets.
  • In the bathroom: Check shower heads for age-related leaks. Look for decayed or broken “flappers” in toilets. Not sure what that is? It’s the rubber piece that opens up to let the water flow from the tank into the bowl when you pull down the toilet handle.

For additional tips, visit CityofSouthlake.com/FixALeakWeek. You may also stop by Town Hall that week and enjoy informational displays and handouts courtesy of Public Works.

Green Fest

The second event is Green Fest, which will be held on March 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Southlake Town Square.

Greenfest is Southlake’s point of connection to learn about the many ways to be better stewards of the earth’s resources. The event will feature exhibits, vendor booths, and entertainment aimed at promoting various ways residents can invest in a sustainable future.

Visit the Green Fest website to learn more and how you can get involved.

For any questions on either event, contact the Southlake Public Works Department at 817-748-8637.

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The City of Southlake Senior Activity Center Travels to the Dogwood Trails Celebration on Friday, April 4, 2014

76th-Dogwood-Trails-300x300Join the City of Southlake Senior Activity Center at the Dogwood Trails Celebration and enjoy the beautiful dogwoods blooming among the hills and piney woods in Palestine, TX.

The Southlake Senior Activity Center bus will depart from the Senior Center on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. and will return  at 5:30 p.m.  Please note that the arrival and return times are subject to change.

This year will mark the 76th celebration of Dogwood Trails. This historical event  attracts tourists to Palestine to learn about the beauty of the dogwood tree and enjoy entertainment, theatre productions, architectural scavenger hunts, wine tastings and much more! View the event brochure for the full activities schedule at the Dogwood Trails Celebration.

The transportation cost for this event is $7.00.  All other costs (lunch, souvenirs, etc.) are not covered. If you are interested in signing up for this exciting outing (participants must be 55+), you can register at the Southlake Senior Activity Center, located at 307 Parkwood Drive.  Please call  (817) 748-8315 if you would like more information.

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Students from Tome, Japan Visit Southlake

Students from Tome, Japan who will visit Southlake March 20-24

Students from Tome, Japan who will visit Southlake March 20-24

Southlake Sister Cities welcomes students from Tome, Japan to Southlake March 20-24, 2014. As part of the the Sister Cities agreement Southlake has with Tome, a trip to each city is organized once a year to provide cultural exchange opportunities for Tome and Southlake students. For over two decades, the exchange program offered through Southlake Sister Cities has developed strong bonds between the two cities.

While in Southlake, the Japanese students will stay with host families and experience American culture first-hand. The students will create life-long friendships with their families as they enjoy home-cooked meals and participate in family traditions. Many host families will also take their exchange student around the Metroplex to explore some of DFW’s most famous attractions.

Southlake Sister Cities has also planned many group activities for the delegation to ensure a fun and educational experience. On Friday, the students will take a tour of Southlake. The tour includes: Central Market, several Carroll ISD schools and City of Southlake facilities. On Saturday evening, a “Students Only Party” will be held at one of the host family’s homes to allow students from both countries an opportunity to mingle and learn more about one another.  A farewell potluck party will be held in Town Hall Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. to wrap up their trip.

In June, a delegation of Southlake students will travel to Tome to experience life in the Far East. In addition to experiencing Japanese culture, customs and cuisine first-hand, the host families escort the youth ambassadors to many places in Tome, known for its samurai history, as well as scenic Matsushima.

Southlake Sister Cities (SSC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering global understanding, friendship and communication through education and exchanges. Membership is open to individuals, youth, families, non-profit/civic organizations, for profit businesses and patrons.

For more information about Southlake Sister Cities or how to become involved in upcoming exchange programs, please visit  www.SouthlakeSisterCities.org or contact the Southlake Community Services Department at (817) 748-8019.

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Phone Call Alert from the City of Southlake

The City of Southlake has been made aware of phone calls being received by local residents regarding water conservation and watering restrictions.

It should be noted that these phone calls are not coming from the City of Southlake staff or any organization being paid by the City. The number that shows on caller ID is 903-686-9527. This is not a City of Southlake phone number. The City is looking into the matter.

If you have questions about water conservation or would like more information about current watering restrictions, please visit www.CityofSouthlake.com/WaterConservation.

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