Major Traffic Switch Coming with N. White Chapel Widening Project

Thanks to heavy spring rain, the timeline for the N. White Chapel widening project may have shifted, but progress has remained steady. The next major milestone for this project is to shift the Highland road closure to the west side of the intersection.

Crews are anticipating closing W. Highland at N. White Chapel, weather permitting, Monday, June 24 to complete the west side of the roundabout. This traffic switch will happen after the morning rush. As the completion of the east side of the roundabout is wrapped up this week, crews will be shifting attention to the other half. The closure includes the west side of the Highland and N. White Chapel intersection and about 500 feet of Highland leading up to the intersection.

In addition to the change in closures, this move will also result in the removal of the traffic signal at Highland and N. White Chapel. The signal will no longer be needed and will be disabled prior to this next phase. This means north and southbound traffic will flow freely through the intersection. There will be no east and westbound traffic through the intersection until the roundabout opens. Vehicles will not be able to turn west onto Highland from N. White Chapel.

Before the west side of the intersection is closed, the east side of the intersection will be partially reopened. Remember, the traffic flow from E. Highland will be different in preparation for the new roundabout traffic flow; E. Highland traffic will only be able to turn northbound onto N. White Chapel. That traffic will have a stop sign before entering N. White Chapel. North and southbound cross traffic will not stop, so drivers will need to heed extra caution before getting on N. White Chapel.

The work is expected to be completed before the start of the school year.

“This milestone puts us one step closer to a completed roundabout,” notes City Engineer and Deputy Director of Public Works Kyle Hogue. “I’d like to reiterate the importance of drivers proceeding with caution and traveling at or below the posted speed limit as they drive through the intersection. With the signal no longer being needed and disabled, that’s one more reason for drivers to pay extra close attention in this area. Also, remember as crews work toward the next phase to bring the two sections together the temporary transitions or ‘hump’ will remain in the intersection.”

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Roundabout taking shape at N. White Chapel and Highland: Closure of W. Highland Coming Early June

Mother Nature may have tried to interfere with progress on the N. White Chapel widening project recently, but crews are still on track for completing the new dual-lane round about this summer, weather permitting of course.

The next major milestone for the widening project from Highland to SH 114 is the closure of W. Highland at N. White Chapel to complete the west side of the roundabout. This is scheduled to happen in early June after the end of the school year.

Weather permitting; the closure will include approximately 500 feet of W. Highland leading up to N. White Chapel. Vehicles will not be able to turn west onto Highland from N. White Chapel or cross the intersection as they drive west. North and southbound traffic will be maintained on N. White Chapel during the closure. The work is expected to be completed before the start of the school year.

Remember, when the east side of the intersection opens, traffic from E. Highland will only be reopened to northbound traffic on N. White Chapel only.

“This is going to remain a very active construction site throughout the summer,” notes City Engineer and Deputy Director of Public Works Kyle Hogue. “If you can’t avoid the area, I’d like to remind everyone to take extra caution when driving through. Take your time and pay attention to the posted speed limit. Our goal is to get everyone where they need to be as safe as we can.”

Crews continue to make significant progress on the paving of new north and southbound lanes. The contractor hopes to have the new traffic lanes completed in a few weeks in preparation for future traffic switches.

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City Council Approves Contract for Next Phase of N. White Chapel

City Council approved the construction contract with Tiseo Paving for the widening of N. White Chapel Blvd from Emerald to just south of Highland at the May 7 City Council meeting.

In order to improve mobility in Southlake, the entire project entails expanding the road from a two to a four-lane divided roadway with a dual-lane roundabout at the intersection at Highland Street, currently under construction.

Council approved an engineering services agreement with Freese and Nichols earlier this year for construction management services for Phase 2 of the project which includes landscaped medians, a replacement screening wall on the east side of N. White Chapel along with sidewalks and installation of a permanent traffic signal at Ascot Drive.

Tiseo will be the general contractor for the construction of Phase 2.

Crews have installed new water lines, sanitary sewer lines and storm drains. Paving operations in Phase 1 are on-going though much of the new north and southbound lanes have been completed.

As the project continues, there will be additional road closures and lane switches along the way before all work is complete.  The next major closure will be West Highland coming up this summer. Although getting through Highland will be more difficult during the closures, mobility will be maintained along N. White Chapel.

Phase 1 is scheduled for completion by the end of the summer as Phase 2 really gets rolling.

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N. White Chapel Widening Project On Schedule and Making Major Headway

The end of the school year is right around the corner and while that means summer break for many, it’s rock and roll time for the N. White Chapel widening project. N. White Chapel from Highland to SH 114 will have a totally new look by the time school is back in session.

Despite some intervention from Mother Nature with some heavy rain falls, the project is pretty much on schedule. Most recently in mid-April, crews closed a section of east Highland to begin construction of the east side of the dual-lane roundabout.

If you’ve driven through the N. White Chapel and Highland intersection, you can see the roundabout starting to take shape. The old pavement has been removed and crews are working on leveling the surface in preparation to pave. Work on this side of the roundabout is expected to be completed by early June so work on the other side of the roundabout can begin.

New pavement is in on the southbound lanes and is closer to joining with the existing pavement close to the intersection of N. White Chapel and SH 114. Meanwhile what’s left to pave on the northbound traffic side is formed up to be ready to pave. Weather permitting the contractor hopes to have paving of the new traffic lanes completed in a few weeks.

“It’s great to be able to actually see the roundabout taking shape,” notes City Engineer and Deputy Director of Public Works Kyle Hogue. “So far 70 percent of the work has been completed. Up next is the completion of the roundabout, installation of public art in the roundabout, landscaping and new sidewalks.”

As with any construction project, drivers are encouraged to be extra aware of their surroundings and if possible avoid the area.

In the meantime, if you haven’t already, follow Southlake Mobility on Facebook for all the up-to-date mobility news in Southlake. You can also visit the website at www.ConnectSouthlake.com.

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Partial Intersection Closure Coming for N. White Chapel and Highland April 22

There’s been a lot of activity in the area of N. White Chapel and Highland, and it’s about to get even more active. In order for the new roundabout to really start taking shape, crews will be closing the east leg of the Highland Street and N. White Chapel intersection.

Weather permitting; the closure will start after the morning rush on Monday, April 22 and will include approximately 500 feet of E. Highland leading up to N. White Chapel. Much like the closure there in February, vehicles will not be able to turn east onto Highland from N. White Chapel or cross the intersection as they drive west. Vehicles coming from the west (from Peytonville or Shady Oaks) will be diverted north or south on N. White Chapel. Vehicles will still be able to turn west onto Highland from N. White Chapel or continue north and south on N. White Chapel.

This closure is expected to last about a month and a half. Once completed, this leg will then be reopened to northbound traffic only. One significant difference with this closure is that access to New Day Church will be impacted. A new entrance for the church is being constructed on N. White Chapel.

“We’d like to encourage drivers to seek alternate routes and try and avoid the intersection while the work is being completed,” notes City Engineer and Deputy Director of Public Works Kyle Hogue. “We are expecting significant delays during the morning and afternoon rush periods, so finding an alternate route might add distance to your trip, but could end up saving you time in the end. Safety is our number one priority, and the extra congestion in construction zones always calls for you to be more aware of your surroundings. If you do have to drive through the intersection, take your time and follow the posted speed limit. We want everyone to get to where they need to be, that includes our crews making it home at the end of the day.”

As with the February closure, City staff will work with contractors to monitor traffic through this intersection during construction. Feedback from residents and motorists can be helpful in making traffic adjustments. If there are problems or concerns we’d like to hear from you. There are several ways to reach out to us. The Southlake Mobility Facebook page is a great and easy-to-access resource, or you can contact us through the Connect Southlake website.

In anticipation of this closure, crews have been busy working on the new roadway surrounding the intersection. They have been making great progress on the southbound lanes with subgrade preparation (creating a level surface for the new roadway) and hope to start paving soon.

Interested in more progress updates? Visit www.ConnectSouthlake.com, sign up for the mobility e-newsletter and the Southlake Mobility Facebook page.

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IH-30 at Chapel Creek Boulevard closure rescheduled for April 14-15

Eastbound and westbound Interstate Highway 30 at Chapel Creek Boulevard will be closed from 9 p.m. Sunday, April 14, until 6 a.m. Monday, April 15, to install new overhead signs across the highway.

Interstate traffic will be detoured to the frontage roads. Police officers will assist with traffic control during the closures.

To access eastbound and westbound I-30, motorists should use White Settlement Road and Loop 820 to the north and Spur 580 (Camp Bowie West Boulevard) to the south.

Motorists should seek alternate routes, observe detour signage and follow instructions from police officers directing traffic.
To learn more, contact project manager Mike Weiss at 817-392-8485.

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IH-30 at Chapel Creek Boulevard closed overnight April 10-11

Eastbound and westbound Interstate Highway 30 at Chapel Creek Boulevard will be closed from 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, until 6 a.m. Thursday, April 11 to install new overhead signs across the highway.

Interstate traffic will be detoured to the frontage roads. Police officers will assist with traffic control during the closures.

To access eastbound and westbound I-30, motorists should use White Settlement Road and Loop 820 to the north and Spur 580 (Camp Bowie West Boulevard) to the south.

Motorists should seek alternate routes, observe detour signage and follow instructions from police officers directing traffic.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Mike Weiss at 817-392-8485.

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Want the Low Down on White Chapel? Here it is.

Behind the 30 mph speed limit on Randol Mill Avenue, all the action on White Chapel Boulevard comes in a close second to one of the most talked about roadways in Southlake.

White Chapel has had its fair share of activity in the past months, some planned and some not.  At the most recent City Council meeting, March 19, 2019, addressing the past, present and future Public Works Director Rob Cohen provided an update on everything White Chapel.

The past.

The Kirkwood Branch Culvert Crossing on N. White Chapel, near Bob Jones Park, has been repaired and the road is open again! Fall of 2018 was not kind to the culvert crossing, in September the roadway was damaged by flood waters causing the closure of the road. The City responded quickly and by October, an emergency repair was declared. By the end of November, the contractor was in place and repair work was underway. Despite a rainy couple of months, crews completed the repair work in early March. By March 11, a newly repaired safer crossing was open, once again opening a main thoroughfare in the north end of Southlake.

The present.

The North White Chapel widening project is moving along, pretty much right on schedule. Remember this is a two-phase project. The first phase is the widening from Highland to SH 114 and includes a new dual-lane roundabout at the intersection of Highland and N. White Chapel. Phase two will widen N. White Chapel from Emerald to Highland.

Since starting on phase 1 in spring of 2018, contractors have moved a lot of dirt and made great progress! Utilities have been relocated, drains have been built, and new roadway has been paved. If you’ve been following along with progress on Facebook with Southlake Mobility, you’ve seen that the roundabout is starting to take shape. With about 60 percent of the work completed there are a few major milestones to be on the lookout for in the coming months. In order to complete the roundabout, there will be two main closures on Highland this summer. The first one will be the east side of the intersection, and once that work is completed crews will close the west side of the intersection. Although getting through Highland will be more difficult during the closures, mobility will be maintained along N. White Chapel.

Director Cohen also mentioned a recent traffic control plan revision along the westbound SH114 frontage road at the request of TxDOT. Previously, traffic on the westbound frontage road turning under the overpass to access N. White Chapel had to merge underneath the overpass. Now the inside left turn lane has been closed down so all of the left turning traffic under the overpass will be consolidated to one lane before the traffic light.

Bids for phase two of the project are currently under review. While there is no roundabout work with this phase of the project, it will bring a much needed wider roadway in front of the high school. The plan is to award a bid in the next few months and getting utility relocation started.

Director Cohen also noted an emphasis on sharing information about the project. “As with phase one of the project, our goal is to communicate as much as we can,” said Cohen. “We know that while construction is ongoing, it will make traveling on N. White Chapel a little more cumbersome. I’d really like to encourage people to follow the Southlake Mobility Facebook page. We plan to be aggressive with the information we share. And if people enjoy seeing the progress pictures and videos we post, all the better.”

The future.

Construction is shifting south on White Chapel in 2020. Initiated by TxDOT, the bridge that connects Pleasant Run in Colleyville to White Chapel in Southlake, will be completely rebuilt. The Cities of Southlake and Colleyville will partner with TxDOT to help complete the project.

Repair work on the bridge was completed in 2015. TxDOT, Southlake and Colleyville also worked together at the time. The work included removing sand and rocks from around the bridge supports and addressed channel erosion around the base of the bridge.

As of now, the replacement project is scheduled to start in early 2020 and be completed by late 2020 or early 2021. While planning is still in progress, early plans include a new sidewalk on the new bridge. As the project gets closed to starting, we will share more information about the traffic changes that will come from the project.

In the meantime, if you haven’t already, follow Southlake Mobility on Facebook for all the up-to-date mobility news in Southlake. You can also visit the website at www.ConnectSouthlake.com.

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Council Approves Public Art Installation for Roundabout located at N. White Chapel Boulevard and Highland Street

City Council approved the art concept and contract with artist Boris Kramer for his art sculpture, “Be the Bridge” to be installed at the N. White Chapel Boulevard and Highland Street roundabout.

It will be replacing the artwork, “Prairie Winds”, a sculpture by Seth Vandable, which will be relocated to Bicentennial Park.

The Arts Council recommended for the “Prairie Winds” installation to be relocated due to the structures “pioneer” vibe. The artwork will be moved near the log cabin in Bicentennial Park.  Members of the Arts Council recognized that Bicentennial Park is more suitable for the “Prairie Winds” sculpture because it will enhance the area’s connection with Southlake’s early settlers and wagon trails that were part of the westward migration.

Kramer’s piece, “Be the Bridge” was chosen based on feedback that was provided from a Joint City Council and Arts Council meeting in December.  The Arts Council goal was to seek a proposal for an art piece that would highlight unity and culture, and this piece did just that.

The concept of this piece is about bringing acceptance and tolerance through the experiences of play and dance. The central figure will have five predominant colors: black, brown, yellow, red and white. The artists’ theory is that the figure can be interpreted from a variety of viewpoints. The sculpture can represent everyone from different backgrounds with one of the figures in the middle of the group making the connection, the middle figure could also be interpreted as the person who does not fit into simply one ethnic background or social group, or the figure could be a person who is blended into a number of different groups but can still be a catalyst for equality.

The City utilizes roundabouts, key gateways, intersections, open spaces and key destinations as opportunities for special design features such as public art.

The roundabout program is a part of the Public Art Master Plan, a plan that recommends commissioning and installing public art pieces in the roundabouts throughout the City for beautification and to build a network of art markers that help with wayfinding and placemaking throughout the city.

To date, art is installed in all Southlake Roundabouts. The replacement and installation of both sculptures are expected to be completed by  Fall of 2019.

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The White Chapel Widening Project – What You Need To Know

Construction on N. White Chapel Boulevard between SH 114 and Emerald Boulevard has been a major topic lately. Road closures, lane switches and major construction have all had some type of effect on our commute to school, work or just day to day activities. In order to understand what is going on, let’s take a dive into the “Why”.

The Tarrant County region is rapidly growing and as more motorists utilize our roadways, an increase in traffic is expected.

In order to plan for the future growth of the region, the City and associated traffic, the City developed the Mobility Master Plan, which is a component of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. This plan has developed recommendations for roadways, sidewalks and bicycle facilities with the intent of meeting the City’s mobility related goals and objectives.

The widening of N. White Chapel Boulevard and SH 114 and Emerald Boulevard has been a recommended project in the City’s mobility plan for a number of years.

N. White Chapel Boulevard between SH 114 and Emerald Boulevard is a main road that travels through Southlake. Being that N. White Chapel is a highly accessible roadway, it is important that mobility and transportation needs are met. In order to accommodate our residents, pedestrians and the traffic, the City devised a plan to expand N. White Chapel Boulevard.

Regarding the Comprehensive plan, once projects are included as a recommendation, those items can be included in the City’s Capital Improvement Program, often referred to as the CIP. The CIP plan is a five-year plan that includes but not limited to the purchase of construction or replacement of the City’s physical assets, roads and highways being one of them. So how does this all work together? The overall goals and objectives of the Mobility Master Plan and the CIP both help implement the goals and objectives of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. With approved recommendations and funds allocated toward the project, the expansion of N. White Chapel Boulevard has been well underway.

The project involves expanding the two-lane road to a four-lane road divided roadway with a dual-lane roundabout at the intersection at Highland Street.

The project will be completed in two phases, one which is the construction of the roundabout at Highland and the widening of N. White Chapel from SH 114 to Highland and two, the widening from Emerald to Highland. “By increasing the roadway capacity, this will help improve traffic operations and provide safety for residents and visitors,” said Senior Director of Planning and Development Services Ken Baker.

The City will also incorporate aesthetics such as trees, shrubbery, street lighting, trails and other amenities that adhere to Southlake’s street design standards.  The project will also include utility and drainage improvement.

The widening is an estimated $10.825 million capital investment in the City’s transportation system.

To date, crews have installed water lines, new sanitary sewer lines, new storm drains, paved portions of the roundabout and paved portions of north and southbound lanes. Council recently approved an Engineering Services Agreement for Phase II of the project which includes landscaped medians, a replacement screening wall on the East side of N. White Chapel along with sidewalks and installation of a traffic signal at Ascot Drive.  This will surely improve mobility in Southlake.

Major construction began in 2018 and is estimated to be completed by 2021.

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

 

 

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