Roundabout at N. White Chapel and Highland on Track to Open Before School Starts

The end of summer is upon us and that means back to the school year routine. It also means the morning commute is about to pick up again. For many that commute will remain unchanged, however, N. White Chapel drivers will have a new addition to their route. Despite a heavy rainy season, construction crews are still on track to open the new roundabout at N. White Chapel and Highland before the start of school. While the ultimate configuration will be dual lane, it will temporarily function as a single lane while the median work is completed.

The roundabout is just one part of the two phase N. White Chapel widening project. In the past weeks, crews have been working on the west leg of the roundabout. About half of the concrete work has been completed in anticipation for the asphalt work that is expected to start next week, weather permitting.

“The spring rain did unfortunately cause us to have to rearrange our schedule a bit, but our contractor was able to work around it to keep the project moving forward,” noted City Engineer and Deputy Director of Public Works Kyle Hogue. “We’re looking forward to having the roundabout open and traffic flowing on east and west Highland again.”

While the roundabout is a major component of the first phase of the widening project, crews have also been working on widening N. White Chapel between Highland and SH 114. In the last week, work has been started on the new median near the SH 114 intersection.

Once completed, the final stages of the project will include striping of the new traffic lanes, new sidewalks, landscaping and the installation of public art in the roundabout. Construction on this phase of the project is expected to finish up this fall with utility work on the second phase of project starting as well. Phase 2 is the widening of N. White Chapel from Emerald to Highland.

New lane configuration is on the horizon for the intersection of N. White Chapel and SH 114. Crews also plan to have one lane northbound and one lane southbound open for the intersection prior to school starting as well. Again the interior lanes will remain closed until all median work is complete. As always, drivers are reminded to use extra caution when driving through the construction zone, travel at or below the posted speed limit and keep an eye out for construction workers in 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 and sign up for the Mobility Newsletter.

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Public art dedication scheduled for Highland Hills Community Center

The Welcome Space, by artist Sedrick Huckaby, is the latest commissioned artwork to be added to the City of Fort Worth’s Public Art Collection and is located at Highland Hills Community Center.

The artwork will be dedicated at 6:30 p.m. July 23 at Highland Hills Community Center, 1600 Glasgow Road. The public is invited.

Two outdoor benches have the appearance of couches covered by quilts, welcoming visitors by seating them among the patchwork of community members who have graced the neighborhood over the years. The sitting area is one that recalls the African American artistic legacy of quilting and handmade crafts. Its jubilant color reflects the celebratory palette in many traditional African cultures.

The cultural quilts acknowledge the quilted past of the community, with some patches featuring portraits as a way of illustrating the variety of people who have made up this close-knit community. The portraits feature people of different ages and genders, while not naming anyone specifically, and also include other institutions commemorating the neighborhood’s history and heritage.

The artist was born in 1975 in Fort Worth. His formal education in art started at Texas Wesleyan University. He then transferred to Boston University, where he received extensive training in studio art. For graduate studies, he went to Yale University. He was named the Texas State Artist for 2018.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Alida Labbe at 817-298-3034.

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UPDATE: W. Highland to get resurfaced in early July

While the intersection of W. Highland and N. White Chapel is being converted into the second half of a new dual-lane roundabout, the rest of W. Highland will also get some attention.

Southlake Public Works Streets & Drainage will begin the asphalt replacement on W. Highland Street from Shady Oaks Dr. to N. White Chapel Blvd. on Monday, July 15, 2019, through Friday, July 26, weather permitting of course.

Construction work will occur between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. One lane of traffic will remain open during the resurfacing project with flaggers directing traffic during construction. Access to driveways and Rothschild Boulevard and Linnea Lane will be maintained during the work as well.

Thanks for your cooperation during this time. Please contact Public Works Operations at (817) 748-8082 with any questions.

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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.

Want to stay updated on this project? 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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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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Section of Highland Street and N. White Chapel Boulevard intersection to be closed temporarily

As crews continue to make progress on the N. White Chapel widening project, they will temporarily close the east leg of the Highland St. and N. White Chapel intersection.

Weather permitting, the closure will start after the morning traffic peak on Monday, February 11 and is expected to last until Friday, February 15.

The City’s contractor will be lowering the existing 20-inch water main currently located under N. White Chapel. As illustrated in the map, vehicles will not be able to turn east onto Highland from N. White Chapel or cross the intersection as they drive west. Vehicles can still turn west onto Highland or continue on N. White Chapel.  Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes and try to avoid the intersection while work is being completed.

This work will continue to move the project along to a completed roundabout in the spring.

City staff is also working with contractors to monitor and adjust signal timing at the SH 114 and N. White Chapel intersection so that traffic is allowed more time to get through the Highland and N. White Chapel intersection.

“As we continue to make progress on this project it puts us one step closer to overall improved mobility along this corridor,” notes Deputy Director of Public Works and City Engineer Kyle Hogue. “Even though construction projects can be frustrating for drivers, we really appreciate the feedback we’ve received along the way. Letting us know when situations get better or worse helps us address concerns as they arise and do what we can to make improvements. Please keep talking to us. Reaching out through our Mobility Facebook page or the website is a great way to get in touch with us.”

For more information about the project, visit the project page on the City website.  Stay in the loop on project updates by following Southlake Mobility on Facebook.

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Orange Barrel Alert for E. Highland and N. Carroll Ave.

On Wednesday, July 5, crews will begin installing a new sanitary sewer main along E. Highland Street east of N. Carroll Avenue.
Expect traffic delays and possible temporary lane closures between 7:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Two-way traffic will be maintained at all times.  Nevertheless, vehicle operators should remain vigilant when traveling through the construction zones.  Steel plates may be expected as a riding surface after work hours.  Please seek alternate routes if possible. Weather permitting, this segment is expected to be completed by July 14th.
This sanitary sewer project is part of the City of Southlake’s Capital Improvement Program. The purpose of this project is to improve service to existing customers as well as provide service to current and future developments in the region.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Southlake Public Works Administration at 817-748-8098.

 

 

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