Council Approves Engineering Services Agreement for Phase II for N. White Chapel Widening Project

City Council has approved an Engineering Services Agreement with Freese and Nichols to provide third-party construction management services for the second phase of the widening of N. White Chapel Boulevard which includes expanding the road from Emerald Boulevard to Highland Street.

The widening project is a part of the City’s Mobility Master Plan and will expand the current two-lane road to a four-lane road.

“Improving mobility in Southlake is one of our top priorities,” stated Public Works  Director Rob Cohen, “With that in mind, this project is going to help improve the connectivity between FM 1709 and SH 114.     The expanded roadway is also going to help improve school traffic in front of the high school.”

The plan will also include landscaped medians, a replacement screening wall on the East side of N. White Chapel Boulevard and sidewalks will be added to accommodate pedestrian traffic for the school. The temporary traffic signal at Ascot Drive will also become a permanent installation.

To add, the franchise utility companies are currently relocating both the gas and communication lines in the construction zone.

This project is scheduled to start in the Spring of 2019. For updates, follow Southlake Mobility on Facebook and visit www.ConnectSouthlake.com

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N. White Chapel Bridge Construction Update

Construction crews continue to make progress on the N. White Chapel Culvert crossing bridge.

The road has been closed since late September when heavy rain and floodwater caused structural damage.

While the weather has improved, several environmental factors have caused some delays. City staff along with construction crews devised a plan to help continue progress.

“We made adjustments to the piling in an attempt to drain the creek quicker, as pumping typically occurs rather slowly,” explained Deputy Director of Public Works and City Engineer, Kyle Hogue. “We have also resumed excavation of the west upstream headwall.”

While construction has been underway since just after Thanksgiving, the city is working to potentially prevent future damages during inclement weather.

A few weeks ago Council Member John Huffman visited the site. “This short term solution is making everything safe, making everything drivable, in really the shortest timeframe possible” stated Council Member John Huffman in his Facebook Live video. Check out the video to get an up-close look at construction.

You can stay up-to-date by visiting www.ConnectSouthlake.com and the Southlake Mobility Facebook page.

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2019 Brings More Progress on N. White Chapel Widening Project

With the New Year comes the excitement for new things to come. In Southlake, 2019 will bring a new and improved N. White Chapel Boulevard.

Crews have been steadily making progress on the widening of N. White Chapel between Highland Street and SH 114. Part of a larger N. White Chapel improvement project, when completed there will be a new dual-lane roundabout at Highland and N. White Chapel. Gone will be the two-lane road motorists are used to, and in its place will be landscaped divided four-lane road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second part of this Capital Improvement Project will be the widening of N. White Chapel from Emerald Boulevard to Highland. When completed, N. White Chapel will be a four-lane road from FM 1709 to SH 114.

Since spring 2018 crews have:

  • Installed a new 12-inch water line
  • Installed new sanitary sewer lines
  • Installed new storm drains
  • Paved portions of the roundabout, and
  • Paved portions of north and southbound lanes

“We are pleased with the progress of this project. It will be a much-needed improvement,” noted Public Works Director Rob Cohen. “It was a wet fall, but despite the rain, we still made significant progress and are still on track for a fall 2019 completion of this phase of the overall improvement. The additional lanes and new roundabout will make a positive difference for motorists on this section of N. White Chapel.”

As the project continues to move forward, motorists can expect lane switches and lane closures, however, two-way traffic will be maintained throughout the project. As always, motorists are reminded to use caution and be aware of their surroundings as they drive through the construction zone.

For updates follow Southlake Mobility on Facebook and visit www.ConnectSouthlake.com.

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Lane switches on N. White Chapel widening project starting January 2, 2019

Despite Mother Nature’s attempts to slow down construction projects across the region with heavy rainfalls in the past months, the N. White Chapel widening project continues to remain on schedule. As the project moves forward, construction crews will be doing more work on existing roadways and are planning for some lane switches starting Wednesday, January 2, weather permitting.

Map indicating lane switch at SH 114 beginning January 2, weather permitting.


A major lane switch, starting towards the end of the week, will be at the north end, where N. White Chapel meets SH 114. Starting at SH 114, all traffic will be switched to the new northbound lanes for approximately 900 feet before crossing over the existing lanes to the new southbound lanes. All traffic will travel on the southbound lanes until re-entering the existing roadway approximately 400 feet south of Highland Avenue. This lane switch is only expected to last a couple of days.

Temporary lane switch in preparation for full lane switch.


There will be some temporary moving lane switches earlier in the week as crews prepare for the long term switch.

Motorists also need to be aware of some changes in roadway elevation during the lane switches. Temporary pavement will be added to bridge the new lanes to the existing lanes. “Driving over the temporary pavement will feel like a speed bump, so I’d like to encourage motorists to take it easy as they cross over those sections,” notes Deputy City Engineer Steven Anderson.

Signage will be in place to help motorists navigate the lane switches. Visit ConnectSouthlake.com and follow Southlake Mobility on Facebook to stay up-to-date with Southlake road projects. Have questions about this project? Give Southlake Public Works a call at 817-748-8098.

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Council Approves Engineering Contract for Repairs to N. White Chapel Culvert Crossing

Repairs to the N. White Chapel Culver Crossing are set to begin as early as next week.

Southlake City Council has approved an Engineering Services Agreement with Halff Associates Inc. to provide design services and emergency repair(s) of the N. White Chapel Road Culvert Crossing at Kirkwood Branch Creek. The plan will also include the replacement of the damaged headwalls and pavement.

Due to heavy rainfall and floodwater in late September, the road underwent structural damage and has since remained closed resulting in the area to be declared unsafe for equipment and traffic per the City’s structural consultant.

The City engaged Halff Associates Inc. as a consultant to develop a site-specific engineered plan for repairs, construction plans and specifications for interim improvements.

The City’s goal is to have the roadway re-opened by the end of 2018, weather permitting. In order to expedite the process, Halff Associates Inc. will work with other agencies and provide project coordination services as well as a timeline for a permanent resolution.

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N. White Chapel Bridge Repair Design Underway

City staff has engaged a consultant to develop a site-specific, engineered design for the repair of the N. White Chapel culvert crossing at the Kirkwood Branch Creek crossing with the primary focus at this moment to re-open the roadway. The road has been closed since heavy rain and floodwater caused structural damage in late September.

The plan will address replacement of the damaged headwalls and pavement. The goal of the replacement is to re-open the road by the end of 2018, weather permitting. City staff will continue to work with the consultant on a permanent solution to raise the roadway so it will not be subject to future flood events. This will involve a detailed regional drainage study as well as coordination and approval from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and other concerned agencies. The City will work with the Corps of Engineers for required permits and seek possible grants to help construct a new bridge. A timeline for the permanent resolution is also being developed.

“Unfortunately this is not something we can fix quickly, but we are working as fast and as smart as we can to re-open the road and be sure it’s safe for the public,” said Deputy Director of Public Works and City Engineer Kyle Hogue. “We know this is frustrating for residents, but I’d like to thank everyone again for their patience and understanding as we work to get the road open again.”

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N. White Chapel Bridge to Remain Closed

Based on the recommendation of a third-party structural engineering consultant, the N. White Chapel bridge, at the creek crossing north of Wingate Lane, will remain closed until further notice.

The bridge was severely damaged as a result of heavy rainfalls on Friday, September 21. The heavy rain and floodwaters buckled the asphalt on the bridge deck and damaged parts of the bridge’s foundation.

The City is waiting for the consultant to provide repair options. Once options are presented, the City will determine the best course of action and will be able to provide a better timeline for the duration of the closure.

“Unfortunately this is not a quick process,” noted Public Works Director Rob Cohen. “Safety is our top priority, and right now the bridge is just not safe to open. I understand this is inconvenient, but we want to make sure the proper repairs are made and do what we can to avoid this happening again. In the meantime, I appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we work to provide the best solution.”

Water barricades and detours are in place as an extra safety precaution to prevent access to the bridge. Updates can be found on ConnectSouthlake.com and the Southlake Mobility Facebook page.

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What’s the latest with the N. White Chapel Widening Project?

One of the easiest ways to delay a construction project is rain. While the region has seen a lot of rain lately, the N. White Chapel widening project has not been one of Mother Nature’s victims.

There has been minimal activity on site due to the heavy rainfall, but the project remains on schedule.

“Even though we have had a significant amount of rain lately, we’re in good shape,” said Deputy City Engineer Steven Anderson. “The utility work is almost complete with about 95 percent of the work done. Once the weather lets up, we should be able to start rolling on paving.”

The 12-inch water line and sanitary sewer installation are complete, and the storm drain installation is about 50 percent complete.

Paving on the northbound lanes is expected to begin soon. Once the prep on the roadway base is complete, actual paving will begin. Motorists will notice an increase in concrete trucks entering and leaving the site.

Once again, 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.

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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.”

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.

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Chapel Crossing, the latest addition to the State Highway 114 Corridor, set to open this summer

Located at the southwest corner of White Chapel Boulevard and State Highway 114, Chapel Crossing will soon add to Southlake’s thriving health care industry, with construction scheduled to be complete in June and physician practices opening for business this fall.

The 48,600-square-foot, three-story Class-A medical office building will house a variety of medical occupants in the state-of-the-art facility.

JLL Healthcare Brokerage Lead Ryan H. Dale and Vice President Ruth Griggs are in the process of leasing space in the new medical office building and are looking forward to being a part of the Southlake community. “We’re excited about the upcoming grand opening of Chapel Crossing, which I believe responds to the need for more professional, Class-A multi-tenant medical office product in the growing Southlake community,” said Dale. “This immediate area is going to look completely different in a few short years. We’re approximately 45 percent leased with a strong tenant base committed prior to opening.”

The first practices expected to see patients at Chapel Crossing include: Irving Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute, Aesthetic Specialists, and ATI Physical Therapy.

The medical development is a joint venture between Grapevine-based 2GR Equity, a commercial real estate investment firm, Dallas-based developer Brown Company Partners, as well as other physician-tenant investors. Prospective physician tenants also have the opportunity to invest in the real estate development as well. “We have been working on this project for some time, it has come together extremely well and I know it will be a great asset to the City and the 114 corridor,” said David Karr, of Brown Company Partners.

Chapel Crossing will contribute to Southlake’s growing medical community. Already home to several large health care facilities, including Methodist Southlake Hospital, Texas Health Southlake, Cook Children’s Urgent Care and Pediatric Specialties, and Southlake Medical Office Building, Southlake continues to offer patients a healthy variety of medical offerings.

For more information about this property and leasing opportunities, please contact Ryan H. Dale.

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