Water line replacement to close TCU-area streets

Brake for lane closures around the Texas Christian University campus beginning July 17.

The northbound lane of Stadium Drive, from Berry Street, is closed in connection with a TCU-initiated development project to replace a water line. The new line will run along Berry Street, from University Drive to Stadium Drive.

Detours will be marked. Drivers should expect various closures in the area. The goal is to complete the work before TCU’s fall semester begins in late August.

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Champions Club Sprinting Towards Finish Line: Construction 50 Percent Complete

Champions Club, the second and final phase of development for The Marq, is now more than 50 percent complete.

With an anticipated opening in late 2018, the premier activity hub will offer 82,000 square feet of state-of-the-art amenities and fitness equipment, including a fitness center, a gymnasium with two full courts, an indoor pool with sauna and spa, and much more.

Substantial progress has been made due in part to fair weather, which has allowed the contractors to complete structural framing and more than 95 percent of the roof decking. Significant strides have also been accomplished on the interior, as framing, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical work continue steadily.

“The exterior masonry work is proceeding as planned on the north, west and south facing walls. The tie-in to Legends Hall is almost complete,” stated Rob Cohen, the Director of Public Works for the City of Southlake.

Cohen also mentioned upcoming milestones, which include connecting Champions Club to grid power, placing the remaining rooftop equipment, and pool construction. Building development can be viewed in real-time with the construction camera.

Take a virtual sneak peek inside Champions Club with City of Southlake Councilman John Huffman on Tuesday, May 22 around 6 PM during a Facebook Live tour. Be sure to check out the City of Southlake’s Facebook page for more details.

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Road Closure Notification for Precinct Line Road and Davis Boulevard

Southlake residents who use Precinct Line Road and Davis Boulevard, near Hurst and N. Richland Hills, will need to find an alternate route during construction scheduled for the new TEXrail project.

Beginning Tuesday, October 10 through Thursday, October 12, Precinct Line Road at the railroad crossing, will be closed in both directions, (*see map below), so workers can replace railroad tracks and railroad ties. The work will begin at 7:00 a.m. on October 10 and will end at 7:00 p.m. on October 12.

The following week, Davis Boulevard at the railroad crossing will be closed on Tuesday, October 17 through Thursday, October 19 for similar construction work. Railroad tracks and railroad ties will also need to be replaced leading to the closure of Davis Blvd. in both directions from 7:00 a.m. on October 17 through 7:00 p.m. October 19.

The work is necessary as the new TEXrail projects rolls down the track for completion scheduled for December 2018. Once completed, TEXRail will have 24 trains in service each day from North Fort Worth to Grapevine and on into the DFW Airport.

Mobile traffic billboards will be going up to help notify travelers to find an alternate route.

If you would like to learn more about the TEXRail project click here. If you have additional questions please contact TEXRail at info@texrail.com or call (817) 215-8785.


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Sewer line to be replaced in Fossil Creek area

Design of the Upper Big Fossil Creek Wastewater Improvement project is underway. The city’s Water Department will meet with residents at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at The Golf Club Fossil Creek, 3401 Clubgate Drive, to discuss the planned improvements.

The affected area includes Big Fossil Creek Bridge from Western Center Boulevard to North Beach Street.

Make plans to attend and find out more about the impacts to area residents.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Walter Norwood at 817-392-5026.

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Do due diligence before signing on with a service line warranty program

The Fort Worth Water Department is aware of at least four companies — Home Services USA, American Water Resources of Texas, Dominion and Utility Service Partners — that offer service line warranty programs. Some are contacting Water Department customers to offer their warranty program for a fee.

The warranty program is much like insurance. For a monthly fee, the company will cover certain qualified repairs for service lines. Service lines are only a portion of the private plumbing line. They are neither owned nor maintained by the city. The homeowner is responsible for any damage or failure in the service line. For water lines, customer responsibility begins at the customer side of the meter. For sewer lines, the customer’s responsibility begins at the property line.

The Water Department is not endorsing any of these companies because the service line is private plumbing. Like with any insurance or warranty program, individuals should do their due diligence to learn what is and is not covered and what exceptions apply in order to make the best decision for their situation.

To learn more, contact the Water Department at 817-392-4477.

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Water line improvements scheduled for Southside, Riverside and Oakhurst areas

The city’s Water Department will meet with residents at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at Andrew “Doc” Session Community Center, 201 S. Sylvania Ave., to discuss water service line improvements on the following streets:

  • Smilax Avenue from cul-de-sac to cul-de-sac.
  • Rouse Street from Emma Street to North Sylvania Street.
  • Kentucky Avenue from Bessie Street to Broadway Avenue (repaving only).

After the utility lines have been replaced, the roadway will be repaved.

Construction is scheduled to begin October 2017 and last approximately 12 months.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Walter Norwood at 817-392-5026.

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Water line flushing occurring in north Fort Worth as a preventative measure

Daily monitoring has shown some lower than normal disinfectant levels in parts of the north Fort Worth water distribution system.

While the disinfectant levels are lower than normal, the water quality continues to meet all state and federal standards.

The Water Department is implementing the recognized best management practice for these situations – flushing the older water out of the system by opening fire hydrants. Flushing moves the new water with higher disinfectant levels to the affected parts of the distribution system. The city’s primary responsibility is to protect public health.

The large, white tablets used at the flushing sites are to remove chlorine from the water in order to protect aquatic life in nearby streams.

To learn more, contact the city’s Water Department Customer Service Center at 817-392-4477.

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Southlake’s First Line of Defense Against Cyber Attacks

The City has always placed a high priority on cybersecurity to better protect and serve our community, its citizens and employees. Now we are increasing our commitment with an “unsung hero.”

This is especially important in a time of heightened awareness of cyber-attacks against businesses, governments and individuals. In fact, the City leadership team has taken a lead role in thwarting any unwanted breaches by creating a cybersecurity position within the City. Drawing from its pool of highly talented and experienced Information Technology (IT) experts, Alan Goldsworthy was chosen and tasked with being the City’s cybersecurity expert.

Before accepting this role, Alan sought and successfully obtained a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) designation, a difficult certification that required a large commitment of time and effort.

Once in place, Alan began spearheading a multi-pronged effort to protect our systems from intrusion through both physical and people initiatives.

On the physical side, facilities have been put in place and are regularly updated to assist with blocking attempts from the outside world, also known as perimeter intrusions. Internally, he ensures that individual user systems and virus protection are current. This helps prevent intrusions through things that may be inadvertently shared. Other security initiatives are planned for this year.

On the people side, Alan is focused on efforts to strengthen our “human firewall.” The City has partnered with KnowBe4, a leading company in human security training and testing. Employees have already noticed testing and training of our users on things to look for when operating in today’s environment where criminals attempt to obtain sensitive information through misleading contact (typically emails). These “phishing” attempts can be devastating if the user is not vigilant when receiving them. Alan’s job is to remain up-to-date on the latest campaigns through continual training.

City Manager Shana Yelverton says, “Alan works behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly and securely. I think we can all agree that, in spite of the complexity of the work he performs, Alan is always ready with a smile and a ‘How can I help you’ attitude. His enthusiasm for his work is undeniable.”

Alan recently received the first Unsung Hero award by City Manager Yelverton. His dedication and work ethic make Alan one of the City’s great unsung heroes.


Alan Goldsworthy pic


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