Learn about North Texas transportation issues, initiatives

Learn about transportation in the North Texas region and help set future priorities during a public meeting at 6 p.m. June 10 at the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), 616 Six Flags Drive in Arlington.

The Regional Transportation Council and North Central Texas Council of Governments, together serving as the metropolitan planning organization for the Dallas-Fort Worth area since 1974, are seeking public input. These are the scheduled presentations:

  • 2020-2022 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goals. As a recipient of federal transportation funds, NCTCOG is required to establish and periodically update Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation goals to encourage contracting opportunities for minority and historically underutilized businesses. The draft update of the DBE participation goals will be presented for review and comment.
  • Regional Pedestrian Safety Action Plan. The North Texas Pedestrian Safety Action Plan will develop goals and action items to address the high number of pedestrian crashes and fatalities across the region. With the guidance of a diverse stakeholder committee, the plan will include analysis of reported crash data, a public opinion survey, goals and strategies to improve pedestrian safety and prioritized areas of the region to implement safety countermeasures. An overview of the plan will be presented.

To request a free, roundtrip ride between NCTCOG and the Trinity Railway Express CentrePort/DFW Airport Station, contact Carli Baylor at least 72 hours before the meeting at 817-608-2365.

To learn more about the public meeting, contact NCTCOG at 817-695-9240.

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Meeting to discuss proposed I-35W improvements in far north

Share your comments on proposed frontage road improvements during a public meeting from 6-8 p.m. May 16 at Argyle Middle School, 6601 Canyon Falls Drive in Roanoke.

The meeting will be held in an open-house format. Study data and maps will be available for viewing. Representatives from TxDOT and project consultants will be available to answer questions. Comments must be received by May 31 to be a part of the official record.

The proposed project consists of constructing northbound and southbound frontage roads for I-35W from Dale Earnhardt Way in Fort Worth to south of the I-35E/I-35W interchange in Denton, a distance of 12.3 miles. The frontage roads would consist of one 12-foot-wide inside travel lane, one 14-foot-wide outside shared-use lane with two-foot-wide curb offsets and a six-foot-wide sidewalk in both directions. The proposed project would require additional right of way.

To learn more, contact TxDOT at 214-320-4480.

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MedStar to build deployment center in far north

Medstar broke ground on its North Deployment Center at 8928 Medical City Parkway.

For 33 years, MedStar has used a centralized deployment model, with all units starting shifts and deployed across the service area from a headquarters facility on Alta Mere Drive in Fort Worth. To better serve the far north side of the ambulance service area, MedStar is building the new deployment center between Medical City Alliance and the Fort Worth Police Department’s North Division Sector, which opened in 2018.

Once it opens, the new facility will deploy assets to the northern part of the city and help improve emergency response in the fast-growing sector.

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Tarrant County College culinary and hospitality students to benefit from Delaware North scholarships for 2nd year

Students in two premier programs offered at Tarrant County College Southeast have another opportunity to benefit from the College’s partnership with Delaware North, the company that runs the food, beverage and retail at Globe Life Park for the Texas Rangers.

For the second year, Delaware North is contributing $4,000 to fund scholarships for the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management programs. The ceremonial check will be presented Tuesday, May 7, at 1 p.m. in the North Ballroom at TCC Southeast, 2100 Southeast Parkway.

“Both Delaware North Sportservice and the Texas Rangers Ball

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Water Department: Flushing occurring in North Fort Worth as preventative measure

The Fort Worth Water Department is starting extensive flushing in north Fort Worth as a preventative measure to maintain drinking water quality. The area of Fort Worth impacted is north of Loop 820 from Lake Worth and Eagle Mountain Lake on the west, to Denton Highway on the east.

The Water Department’s primary responsibility is to protect public health. Daily monitoring has shown lower than normal disinfectant levels in parts of the north Fort Worth distribution system.

While the disinfectant levels are lower than normal, the water quality has continued to meet all state and federal standards. Flushing is being done to make sure the quality remains good. Flushing is the recognized best management practice for these situations.

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

Other cities that purchase drinking water through connections in north Fort Worth may be impacted.

To learn more, call the Customer Service Center at 817-392-4477 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Go green and breathe clean with Air North Texas

Air pollution season officially begins in March in North Texas and runs through November.

This year, take action by checking out Air North Texas, a regional public awareness campaign that educates and encourages residents to make clean air choices. Follow real-time air quality monitoring data, sign up for air pollution action day alerts, investigate commuting alternatives and learn clean air strategies for home, school or work.

A 10-county region in North Texas is in nonattainment for ozone levels. Ozone can reach unhealthy levels on hot sunny days in urban environments. Motor vehicle exhaust, gasoline vapors, emissions from industrial facilities and electric utilities, and chemical solvents contribute to ozone pollution. Even relatively low levels of ozone can have negative health effects.

On June 21, celebrate Clean Air Action Day by doing at least one thing to help improve air quality. View a list of actions you can take on June 21.

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Give input on the improvements for North Park

Residents in north Fort Worth are getting a new place to play and enjoy the outdoors. North Park’s master plan is being updated for implementation of new amenities.

Make plans to attend the project meeting and give input on what you would like to see constructed. A meeting is planned for 7 p.m. March 7 at the Northpark YMCA, 9100 N. Beach St.

Make plans to attend the meeting and let your voice be heard.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Dwight Taylor at 817-392-5746.

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Southlake Hosts Newcomer’s Guide to Gardening in North Texas Workshop

The City of Southlake is proud to partner with Texas A&M AgriLife and Tarrant Regional Water District to bring the Newcomer’s Guide to Gardening in North Texas workshop this coming February 23.

Are you new to Southlake or the North Texas area? Or perhaps you are just new to growing plants in general! Join us at the Newcomer’s Guide to Gardening in North Texas workshop to learn about topics like native and adaptive plants for our area, landscape design, herbicide application, drip irrigation, rainwater harvesting, composting and more!

This informative seminar provides newcomers with a foundation to help grow a sustainable, lush and healthy lawn. Learn best practices and tips to tackle the challenges for the unique climate and soils of North Texas. Whether you’re an amateur lawn whisperer or a garden guru, we’ve got you covered.

The cost to register is $5.00, but includes a water conservation toolkit and many other giveaways. Participants will also receive their own handbook and other handy education materials to keep landscapes and gardens in great shape. To register for the event, please visit: https://ntxguidetogardening.eventbrite.com

For more questions about the event, please contact Ashley Carlisle, City of Southlake Environmental Coordinator, at (817) 748-8638.

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New Speed Limit on North White Chapel near Kirkwood Branch Crossing

At the Feb. 5, 2019, City Council meeting, Council had the first reading of a new speed limit ordinance to reduce the speed limit on N. White Chapel Boulevard, from Drum Lane down to Wingate Lane, from 40 miles per hour to 30 mph.

The design consultant for the N. White Chapel bridge repair project analyzed the terrain and the layout of the roadway and recommended to reduce speeds to 30 mph based on engineering standards for roadway design.

Appropriate signs will be placed following this new adoption and prior to reopening the road once construction is complete. This change will be in place for the life of the current bridge.

To date, both headwalls are complete and large rocks known as riprap have been placed up and downstream of the crossing to prevent erosion as a result of inclement weather.

The road will not be reopened until construction is complete.

City Council is set for a second reading of the Ordinance No. 1206 for the reduction, at the next City Council meeting on Feb. 19, 2019.

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


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New to North Texas? Learn about the unique gardening challenges here

Are you new to North Texas, new to gardening in the Lone Star State or perhaps new to growing plants altogether? This helpful seminar is designed to provide newcomers with a foundation to help grow a sustainable, lush and healthy lawn, landscape or vegetable garden amidst the challenges of the unique climate and soils in North Texas.

“Newcomers’ Guide to Gardening” will be held at two locations:
Feb. 2, Resource Connection of Tarrant County, 2300 Circle Drive.
Feb. 23, Florence Elementary School, 3095 Johnson Road, Southlake.
Registration is at 8 a.m. The program will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at noon.

Topics include:

  • The dirt on North Texas soils.
  • Growing ornamental landscape plants.
  • Growing tough Texas turf.
  • The best vegetables and fruits to grow in North Texas.
  • The best irrigation practices to make plants thrive.

Cost is $5 per person with credit card when registering online or cash at the door. Attendees will receive a free water conservation toolkit valuated at $10.

The program is presented by Texas A&M AgriLife’s Water University. The City of Fort Worth is a supporting sponsor.

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