Panther Island bridge progress update

Significant progress continues on all three of the TxDOT signature bridges on Panther Island. Here are a few highlights:

North Main Street Bridge. TxDOT’s contractor, Texas Sterling, is scheduled to pour the third of four V-piers on the bridge near the end of February. Approximately 210 cubic yards of high-strength concrete will be placed over a 12- to 14-hour period. Due to the cooler weather, the work can be performed during the daylight hours beginning in the early morning. Even though the temperatures are lower, it is anticipated that liquid nitrogen will still be used to help control the temperature of the concrete being placed. The contractor has also started to erect the bridge’s superstructure at the north end of the bridge, which will allow for the construction of box girders that will support the future bridge deck.

White Settlement Bridge. The contractor is installing box girder steel over the first two sets of V-piers on the west side of the bridge. It is anticipated that the contractor will pour the first bottom slab section of the box girders in late February.

Henderson Street Bridge. The contractor has poured two of the eight V-piers on the bridge and has installed most of the reinforced steel on three other V-piers.

Expect to see a lot of progress on the bridges over the next three months.

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.

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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.

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Champions Club Progress Continues as the Year Ends

Great progress is taking place on site at Champions Club, as the contractor continues to make progress on the exterior landscaping and hardscape areas, the five-star recreation facility is close to completion.

With construction experiencing delays due to heavy rainfall this past September crews are working nonstop in hopes that the building’s substantial completion concludes soon.

To date, interior work continues with painting, carpeting, tiling and trimming throughout the facility. Furniture, fixtures and equipment deliveries are set to arrive in the next coming weeks with the pool filling expected to take place shortly after the New Year.

“Even with the delivery of the furniture, fixtures and equipment, we still have a lot of work to do throughout the facility,” said Public Works Director Rob Cohen.  “All of the life safety items like fire suppression system, flow and tamper switches, exit lights, emergency lighting, alarms, strobes, etc. must be in place, operational and pass the fire inspection before any city employees can start working from Champions Club.”

Specialized flooring for the gymnasium, cardio area, sauna, indoor track and field house will be installed within the next several weeks.  Other specialized equipment such as the elevators, will require additional testing before operating permits are issued. “We will then start looking at facility turnover as well as contractor supplied training for the facility operators and maintainers,” said Cohen.

For more recent and real-time information, please follow Champions Club Facebook page.

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Meeting to discuss HUD grant progress, opportunities

Learn how Department of Housing and Urban Development grants have benefited the Fort Worth community in the past and discover new opportunities for the future at a public meeting at 6 p.m. Dec. 12 at City Hall, 200 Texas St. The meeting will be in room 290.

Topics will include City Council priorities and goals; 2017-18 program accomplishments; community development projects; affordable housing developments; and public service agency funding.

To learn more about the city’s Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report, known as CAPER, contact Sharon Burkley at 817-392-5785 or visit the website.

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Progress report: East Rosedale Street upgrades

Work continues along the eastbound lanes of East Rosedale Street, the first of two major phases of the project.

Sewer line work in this phase is nearly completed, and water and storm drain work is expected to be completed in May. Paving eastbound lanes is scheduled to be completed by the end of summer.

Once the eastbound phase is complete, traffic will be switched to the new lanes and the westbound phase will start.

Construction is anticipated to be completed by summer of 2019.

Be aware of upcoming short-term nightly road closings. East Rosedale Street will be closed to traffic nightly for a few nights. Watch electronic message boards for exact dates.

Affected streets Approximate dates Time closed
Loop 820 southbound frontage road to Stalcup Road Feb. 20-22 7 p.m.-6 a.m.
Stalcup Road to Amanda Avenue Feb. 27-March 1 8 p.m.-6 a.m.
Amanda Avenue to Miller Avenue March 13-16 and March 19 8 p.m.-6 a.m.

Follow the designated detour routes:

To learn more, contact Raul Lopez at 817-392-2457.

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FM 1938 – Signs of Progress

TxDOT Construction crews are making progress on the large underground drainage structure north of Beam Drive.

Once completed it will provide flood protection for the properties downstream of FM 1938. The pictures below show a below ground view of the drainage boxes and the excavation required to complete the project.

Drivers in the area should be aware that construction is taking place behind the existing barricades between Beam Drive and Randol Mill. No lane closures will be necessary; however, construction crews will need to periodically stop traffic to allow vehicles and equipment to enter the work area.

Thank you for your patience during this project. If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 817-748-8098.


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Track the Progress of The Marq Southlake Champions Club on EarthCam

You may have noticed the progress of The Marq Southlake Champions Club. Something is happening almost every day.

You can keep up with the progress, daily or weekly, by clicking on the Earthcam link. Champions Club is scheduled to open in fall 2018.

Once completed, the facility will be a 6,000 plus square feet fully functioning fitness center with cardio and strength training. Members will also enjoy the indoor aquatics center with lap lanes, spa, water slides and a lazy river, a child watch center, 50+ group weekly fitness classes, full-size basketball court, 1/16 mile indoor track and an indoor playground for the kids plus so much more.

Remember to track the progress of Champions Club by periodically checking this Earthcam link.

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Learn the latest on I-35W reconstruction progress

Learn about the progress along I-35W, upcoming milestones and plans for extending the freeway work northward during an open house from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Courtyard Marriott in Alliance Town Center, 3001 Amador Drive.

The come-and-go event will include free refreshments.

The I-35W highway corridor through Fort Worth and Tarrant County is a major north-south route for commuters and regional, interstate and international trade. The reconstruction project will feature fully-rebuilt main highway lanes and frontage roads, along with two new TEXpress lanes in each direction.

Once complete, the new corridor will connect with the NTE TEXpress lanes along I-820 and Airport Freeway through the Mid-Cities, which opened in 2014. The I-35W project features modernized infrastructure and improves capacity, safety and mobility throughout the corridor.

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Check out the progress in Stop Six

Fort Worth is in the midst of a major investment in the Cavile Place/Stop Six community to improve public safety, promote economic revitalization and enhance community engagement.

The City Council set aside $2.56 million in funding to implement capital projects aimed specifically at improving neighborhoods. This funding will be designated for targeted neighborhoods on an annual basis.

View a new video that shows the positive impact this program is having on Stop Six.

The targeted area is bordered by Rosedale Street on the north, Ramey Avenue on the south, Stalcup Road on the east and just west of Edgewood Terrace on the west.

The revitalization has a dual purpose: increase public safety and improve the looks of the neighborhood. Depending on results, similar revitalization programs will be rolled out in a different neighborhood in the coming years.

To learn more, call 817-994-1368 or visit the Stop Six web page.

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FM 1938 Construction Progress Report

The FM 1938 Phase II project has seen some significant progress over the last several months, reaching some important milestones in the process.

For commuters traveling east and west bound along Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709), the work at the intersection at FM 1938 has become an all too familiar, if frustrating sight -slow traffic during morning and evening rush hours, long lines of cars waiting to turn in all directions at the intersection and traffic signals that don’t seem to be able move all the cars in a speedy manner.

As the frustration grows, so do the criticisms of the project. From the comments the City receives via it’s social media and, more recently, the 2015 Citizen Satisfaction Survey, there are many who believe: “that too little is being done by TxDOT”; “that it’s a mess”; and “that it’s making things worse.” One common topic of criticism however, is that the FM 1938 Phase 2 project, which is expected to be done in 2017, isn’t showing any significant progress in reaching that completion date.

Since the project’s start in April 2015 however, TxDOT contractors have been working daily along northbound FM 1938 and the intersection of FM 1938/Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709)- usually during off-peak hours and nights as to avoid making the traffic situation any worse. In that time, new asphalt has been laid, the installation of drainage is on-going, and the widening of segments of the road – such as near Johnson Road, Florence Road, and Beam Drive – is underway. Overall, that work north along FM 1938 represents significant progress on this project.

Recently, some news was shared regarding the time table for the completion of the intersection work at FM 1938 and Southlake Boulevard (FM 1709). “Our hope is that by the end of the Summer 2016… this intersection should be completed” said former Southlake Public Works Director Bob Price at the February 16, 2016 City Council Meeting during a discussion of capital project updates. This optimism is fueled by the significant work completed so far- such as some of the under ground drainage and the paving that has begun at the intersection – and TxDOTs own time table for the completion of the intersection work.  And although the date isn’t set in stone, it does represent a light at the end of the tunnel that one of the biggest sources of traffic congestion could be finished in the next several months.

As we more forward, keep in mind that significant works remains and that this construction will continue to challenge motorists’ patience during the morning and evening rush hours.  It’s with that in mind that we offer some helpful hints:

  • Plan ahead and give yourself enough time to get where you need to go
  • Use a traffic application if possible
  • Be patient. The construction won’t be complete until 2017.
  • Stay informed.

The last point is crucial in getting through these growing pains. The City is doing what we can to make residents aware of the progress of the project via, Facebook and Twitter. TxDOT also provides periodic updates via the email list – sign up to keep up to date on the latest in the FM 1938 construction project.

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