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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North Texas continues to explore a future with hyperloop technology

The Regional Transportation Council (RTC) wants to know more about hyperloop technology and how it could be used to revolutionize travel. After Virgin Hyperloop One named Texas one of 10 areas to be considered for hyperloop technology, a delegation of RTC members visited the company’s test facility in North Las Vegas, walking away impressed with its potential to revolutionize travel.

Seeing firsthand the test site, which displays the sleek cylinder tunnel on top of cement pillars and stretches approximately five football fields, intensified the interest of the RTC members in this revolutionary transportation choice. Experts and engineers were in attendance during the visit to answer any questions about the system in terms of its functionality, unique attributes and the impact it could potentially have in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Hyperloop is powered by magnetic levitation, removing air pressure within the cylindrical tube and leaving zero resistance against the moving pod. The pod floats just above the rails inside the tube and makes the travel experience similar to flying on a plane, minus the turbulence. With the absence of air pressure, the pod has reached up to 240 mph during testing.

The RTC has also agreed to consider both hyperloop and high-speed rail technology as part of the environmental analysis of the Fort Worth-to-Dallas corridor that would connect to Texas Central Partners’ Dallas-to-Houston HSR project. In addition to moving people rapidly, the hyperloop technology is looking to improve the transportation of goods and products.

There is another potential use of this system. The Fort-Worth-to-Laredo corridor could include a goods-movement component to a potential hyperloop line. The geography of North Texas makes it an attractive potential site to test this technology. DFW provides two metropolitan areas located on a straight and flat plain just over 30 miles apart.

Because of the expected population of 11.2 million people by 2045, both Virgin Hyperloop One and the RTC see this as an opportunity to provide a more efficient and environmentally-friendly transportation method to a population that is open to new ideas in transportation.

With a need to provide North Texas residents with more travel options, while positively impacting air quality, the RTC sees a bright future for hyperloop technology in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Canadian Forces Snowbirds head to North Texas Oct. 13-14

The renowned U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Air Demonstration Squadrons will soar through the North Texas skies at the Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show Oct. 13-14 at Fort Worth Alliance Airport.

General admission is free. Parking discounts and limited premium upgraded seating are available online. Gates open at 9 a.m. each day and performances begin about 10 a.m.

The world-class air show, regarded as one of the best in the nation, also includes the Bell 429, Wings of Blue Parachute Team, Sean D. Tucker and Team Oracle, national aerobatic champion Rob Holland, Matt Chapman in the Extra 330LX, Shockwave Jet Truck, Bob Carlton in the Super Salto Jet Sailplane, female aerobatics pilot Jessy Panzer, Cavanaugh Flight Museum, T-38 Spirit of Alliance, Precision Exotics, Air National Guard Band of the Southwest and more.

Since 2006, about $700,000 in proceeds from the air show have benefited more than 60 local nonprofit organizations. This year’s proceeds will be distributed to local school district STEM programs and nonprofit organizations.

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Final designs for North Beach Street public art project unveiled Sept. 22

Join Mayor Pro Tem Dennis Shingleton and Councilmember Cary Moon, along with artist Christopher Fennell, for the North Beach public art project kickoff at 9 a.m. Sept. 22 at the Fort Worth Police Department’s Sixth Patrol Division, 8755 N. Riverside Drive.

Fennell will present his final design for the 12 large-scale weathervane sculptures that will be installed along approximately three miles of the North Beach Corridor, from Shiver Road to Timberland Boulevard. Each weathervane features an animal sculpted from upcycled materials collected from the community.

Thanks to a partnership between Fort Worth Public Art and the city’s Code Compliance Department, the public is invited to drop off materials for the artwork at the Hillshire and Brennan drop-off stations. The artist is asking for these materials: baseball bats, hubcaps, birdhouses, trashcans, mailboxes, bicycles, shovel heads, car and truck bumpers, lawnmower blades, chain-link fencing, fence posts, automotive springs and airplane wings.

To learn more, contact Fort Worth Public Art at 817-298-3027.

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TCC Partnership with Delaware North to Benefit Students

Tarrant County College students from all campuses can benefit this week from one of the College’s newest partnerships when the Southeast Campus hosts its first Delaware North Day, exposing students to numerous job opportunities at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Delaware North Day will be held Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Main Commons near the Ballroom on the campus at 2100 Southeast Parkway in Arlington. Appetizers will be served.

The job fair will be particularly useful to culinary arts or hospitality management students in their quest to earn their degrees as employment may

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North Main Street Bridge detour rescheduled for this weekend

A modification to the North Main Street detour has been rescheduled for this weekend. It had been scheduled for a previous weekend but was canceled due to rain in the forecast.

The detour is part of the Panther Island bridges project. The roadway surface has become rough at several locations along Seventh and North Main streets and 11th and North Main streets. Heavy truck traffic has contributed to the deterioration of the roadway surface.

The contractor plans to remove the asphalt paving at the transition areas that move the traffic off of North Main Street on to Commerce Street and replace it with high-strength concrete. The concrete at the transition curves will greatly improve the life of the detour roadway pavement.

In addition to the roadway repairs, the contractor will restripe the roadway surface to provide additional lanes of traffic at the intersection of North Main Street and Northside Drive. This will ease rush-hour traffic leaving downtown Fort Worth and allow for the reopening of Grand Avenue for local business traffic.

The contractor will begin placing traffic control signage after evening rush traffic on Aug. 17, and traffic will be diverted to North Commerce Street at Northside Drive on the north end and to North Commerce Street at Fifth Street and North Main on the south end.

Normal detour traffic patterns will be re-established on the permanent detour before morning rush hour on Aug. 20.

The Panther Island project, which includes three signature bridges positioned along the to-be-realigned Trinity River, are a collaborative effort between the Trinity River Vision Authority, TxDOT, the City of Fort Worth, the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Tarrant County.

This project will include the construction of three unique V-pier bridges at Henderson Street, North Main Street and White Settlement Road. The bridges will have 10-foot sidewalks, bicycle facilities and enhanced landscaping. The new bridges will also serve as the gateways to Panther Island, an urban waterfront community.

To learn more and to sign up for updates on Trinity River Vision bridge construction, visit their website.

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North Main Street Bridge detour to be changed this weekend

Soon there will be a modification to the North Main Street detour as part of the Panther Island project.

The roadway surface has become rough at several locations along Seventh and North Main streets and 11th and North Main streets. Heavy truck traffic has contributed to the deterioration of the roadway surface.

The contractor plans to remove the asphalt paving at the transition areas that move the traffic off of North Main Street on to Commerce Street and replace it with high-strength concrete. The concrete at the transition curves will greatly improve the life of the detour roadway pavement.

In addition to the roadway repairs, the contractor will restripe the roadway surface to provide additional lanes of traffic at the intersection of North Main Street and Northside Drive. This will ease rush-hour traffic leaving downtown Fort Worth and allow for the reopening of Grand Avenue for local business traffic.

The contractor will begin placing traffic control signage after evening rush traffic on Aug. 10, and traffic will be diverted to North Commerce Street at Northside Drive on the north end and to North Commerce Street at Fifth Street and North Main on the south end.

Normal detour traffic patterns will be re-established on the permanent detour before morning rush hour on Aug. 13.

The Panther Island project, which includes three signature bridges positioned along the to-be-realigned Trinity River, are a collaborative effort between the Trinity River Vision Authority, TxDOT, the City of Fort Worth, the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Tarrant County.

This project will include the construction of three unique V-pier bridges at Henderson Street, North Main Street and White Settlement Road. The bridges will have 10-foot sidewalks, bicycle facilities and enhanced landscaping. The new bridges will also serve as the gateways to Panther Island, an urban waterfront community.

To learn more and to sign up for updates on TRV bridge construction, visit the Trinity River Vision website.

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Water transmission line construction scheduled for State Highway 170 in north Fort Worth

Make plans to attend an upcoming public meeting to learn about the construction schedule for the installation of a 30-inch water transmission line in north Fort Worth. The affected area includes: State Highway 170 from North Beach Street to U.S. 377.

Two meetings are planned, one for area businesses and one for residents. Here are the details:

Businesses meeting: 3 p.m. Aug. 14, Kay Granger Elementary School, 12771 Saratoga Springs Circle.

Residents meeting: 6 p.m. Aug. 14, Kay Granger Elementary School, 12771 Saratoga Springs Circle.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Robert Sauceda at 817-392-2387.

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