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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MedStar: Flu cases more than double last year’s count

MedStar crews are responding to more than double the number of patients with flulike illnesses than last year. In November 2018, MedStar crews treated 123 patients with influenza-like illness. This compares to 50 patients in November 2017.

Among the 123 cases this year, the average age was 47, with the youngest 9 months and the oldest 90 years old. More than half (58 percent) of the patients were female. The highest-prevalence ZIP code is 76112 in far east Fort Worth.

MedStar urges everyone to take precautions to prevent possible transmission of viruses:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

To help reverse this early trend, MedStar is offering a mobile flu vaccination clinic at any location with 10 or more people who would like to be vaccinated.

Learn more about flu prevention from the Tarrant County Public Health Department.

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Expanding Mobility: More Improvements to come on Continental Boulevard

The drive on Continental Boulevard will continue to make progress thanks to two new engineering agreements approved at the December 4 City Council meeting. Improvements are coming to the Continental intersections at FM 1938 and Peytonville Avenue.

As a major Southlake thoroughfare, Continental Boulevard improvements were included in the Mobility Master Plan adopted in 2016. The mobility plan identifies the transportation needs of the City and provides solutions to help make improvements to roads, sidewalks and trails.

The new engineering agreements will allow for the design work on these projects to begin. Construction is not expected to begin before FY2020.

FM 1938 and Continental Boulevard

Improvements to this intersection include widening Union Church Road to add dedicated right and left turn lanes as well as a dedicated eastbound through lane onto FM 1938. Sidewalks will also be added to the existing sidewalks along the north side of Union Church Road.

On the other side of FM 1938, two dedicated left-turn lanes for westbound traffic will be added to Continental. FM 1938 will get a dedicated right turn lane onto Continental, an extension of existing sidewalks and improvements to pedestrian crossings.

Peytonville Avenue and Continental Boulevard

A single-lane roundabout will be built to help aid the traffic congestion at the intersection, especially during school traffic peaks and added traffic from Koalaty Park visitors.

“We know this roundabout project will cause some traffic concerns during construction. But we already have a plan in place to install temporary traffic signals to maintain mobility through the intersection during the construction phase,” said Public Works Director Rob Cohen.

Both of these projects are part of the City’s Capital Improvement Projects program. Visit ConnectSouthlake.com to stay up-to-date on these projects and all other Southlake mobility news.

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School is back in session. Give yourself more time for your commute.

Schools haven’t been the only ones saying goodbye to summer break and preparing for the new school year. The City of Southlake has been gearing up too! Back to school means more traffic and more sharing of the road.

With the increase in traffic as school starts again, be sure to give yourself more time to travel. Traffic congestion will pick up as more parents and school buses are delivering students to school. And don’t forget about all the excited new drivers, driving to school for the first time. Ten extra minutes can go a long way during your commute.

“Students are not the only ones who have to rethink their priorities when school starts,” notes Southlake Transportation Manager Stephanie Taylor. “This time of year is a great reminder that getting somewhere safely is more important than getting somewhere quickly. A child’s life is worth far more than cutting down your commute. Slow down and stay alert.”

Safety is a top priority in Southlake. As part of the City’s back to school efforts, Southlake Public Works checks school zones every year before the start of the new school year. School zone flashers and crosswalks are inspected to make sure they are in good condition for students.

This year, four CISD schools had crosswalks restriped and signs updated: Carroll High School, Rockenbaugh Elementary, Carroll Elementary and Old Union Elementary Schools.

Several roadway updates over the summer will also help with the increased traffic as school starts again. Portions of Continental Boulevard were resurfaced, and the Kirkwood Boulevard improvements added more traffic lanes, sidewalks and traffic signals on the north end of Southlake. The North White Chapel widening project moved along on schedule over the summer as well. While work on North White Chapel will continue throughout the school year, the hours of possible construction lane closures will take place between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. to avoid school arrival and dismissal traffic.

Roadway improvements will help with commutes, but Taylor encourages motorists to take an active role in ensuring safe travel.

“With more motorists, pedestrians and cyclists on the road, all of us have to step it up when it comes to traffic safety,” says Taylor. “Back-to-school traffic means we all have to be more patient and pay more attention.”

The City offers several ways to stay connected to mobility in Southlake. Follow Southlake Mobility on Facebook and check out the ConnectSouthlake.com site for traffic, construction updates and all things mobility.

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More Road Closures on Brumlow Avenue Starting Saturday, August 18

UPDATE 8/14/2018 – Due to the rainy weather, the scheduled closing of the TexRail crossing on Brumlow Avenue is now planned for 8/18/2018 weather permitting.

Drivers should try and avoid Brumlow Avenue during the day Saturday, August 18. TexRail has advised the City of full northbound lane closures for concrete sealing and striping operations. The closure is expected to take place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The southbound lanes will remain open during this operation.

On Monday, August 20 and Tuesday, August 21 (new dates) there will be alternating closures of the southbound lanes for same operations however through traffic will be maintained.

Visit the TEXRail Construction website for any updates: http://www.texrail.com/status/construction-updates/

Aug 11 Brumlow Closure

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More Road Closures on Brumlow Avenue Starting Saturday, August 11

Drivers should try and avoid Brumlow Avenue during the day Saturday, August 11. TexRail has advised the City of northbound lane closures for concrete sealing and striping operations. The closure is expected to take place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The southbound lanes will remain open during this operation.

On Monday, August 13 and Tuesday, August 14 there will be alternating closures of the southbound lanes for same operations however through traffic will be maintained.

Visit the TEXRail Construction website for any updates: http://www.texrail.com/status/construction-updates/

Aug 11 Brumlow Closure

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Two more opportunities to learn about upcoming bond election

Two upcoming public meetings give residents a final opportunity to learn about the May 5 bond election:

April 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. UCC Polytechnic Center, 3100 Ave. I.
April 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Northside Community Center, 1100 N.W. 18th St. (This meeting will be conducted in Spanish and English.)

Early voting begins April 23 and runs through May 1. Find locations and hours.

If approved by voters, the $399.5 million bond package will provide funding to build new roads and repair existing ones, new park amenities and community centers, and public safety facility improvements.

Learn more about the bond propositions.

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Beginning Fall 2017, TCC Students Have More Options to Accelerate Their Trek to Graduation

As part of its commitment to being student ready, Tarrant County College is accommodating students who may not be able to begin classes on regular start dates with monthly classes, meaning students may take more courses throughout the semester and advance toward graduation at a faster pace.
 
Beginning Sept. 5, students enrolled in TCC Connect Campus – the TCC campus responsible for eLearning and Weekend College – will be able to register for up to four credit hours in one of the new monthly sessions. Seventeen new sections will be offered including courses in accounting, computer science, English, government history kinesiology and psychology. All courses are worth three credit hours, except for kinesiology, a one-credit hour course.
 
The fall 2017 monthly sessions for all subjects, except accounting, are from Sept. 5 to Sept. 29, Oct. 2 to Oct. 27, Nov. 6 to Nov. 30, and Dec. 4. To Dec. 29. The two accounting courses are eight-week classes running from Sept. 5 to Oct. 27 and Nov. 6 to Dec. 29.
 
“By making it possible for our students to register for courses on a monthly basis, we are strengthening our commitment to addressing the needs of non-traditional students through our non-traditional campus,” said Carlos Morales, Ph.D., president of TCC Connect, “As the only accredited virtual campus in Texas, this is another example of how our online and accelerated education opportunity allows us to intentionally provide TCC students with greater access to education because we understand the flexibility needed by the non-traditional student.”
 
In spring 2017, TCC Connect began offering current and prospective students the option to complete the Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Administration-Business completely online with eight-week classes.
 
TCC Connect also offers 18 fully online programs, which include five associate degrees and 13 other certificate, web-based programs. Its second online Wintermester is planned this fall from Dec. 15 to Jan. 12. When TCC Connect opened its first Wintermester sections in November 2016, classes filled up the first week they became available. With a digital course inventory of more than 350 courses, TCC Connect offers more than 1,100 sections. Current online enrollment is approximately 20,000, with as many as an additional 575 students enrolled in Weekend College.
 
TCC Connect students also have access to all of the Student Support Services available to students enrolled in traditional face-to-face courses ranging from digital orientation to enrollment services. These services also include online advising, payment, library service, advising, tutoring and proctoring.
 
Originally launched in 2013 as an administrative division, TCC Connect received accreditation in October 2015 from the Southern Commission of College and School Commission on Colleges Association as Tarrant County College’s sixth campus.
 
Information about enrolling in TCC Connect is available by contacting by calling 817-515-8000 or visiting www.tccd.edu/online.
 

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More pets get lost on July 4

As a pet owner, one of the scariest things can be to lose your pet. In fact, more pets get lost on July 4 than any other day of the year.

The Chuck Silcox Animal Care and Adoption Center is already at capacity and is caring for 600 pets. Make sure your furry friend does not join them.

This year, the shelter staff reminds everyone to take a few extra steps to ensure pets are well protected during this long holiday weekend:

  • Be sure your dog is wearing an up-to-date City of Fort Worth license and a visible ID tag on his or her collar at all times. Also, don’t forget to check the microchip.
  • Take a current photo of your pet, just in case.
  • Exercise your dog early in the day before parties begin. Make sure that any off-leash time is securely fenced and any walks have a good leash — people sometimes set off fireworks before dark.
  • During cookouts and backyard parties, ask guests to play with your dog away from the flames.
  • Avoid an accident and keep charcoal, fireworks, sparklers and glow sticks far from curious pets. Even when unlit, these can cause serious problems if a pet decides to chew them.
  • Avoid upset stomachs by keeping “approved” pet treats on hand for guests who want to share a treat with your pet.
  • Skip the fireworks. Play it safe and leave pets safely inside your home.

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