Discover what’s next for Blue Zones Project

Fort Worth is a certified Blue Zones Community — the largest in the country — and in the top 20% of the healthiest cities in the nation. But the story doesn’t end there.

Attend an energizing summit as Blue Zones Project continues to improve health and well-being in the city. “Our Well-Being Story Continues” is planned for 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital’s Rutledge Auditorium, 1230 Cooper St.

Discover what’s next for Blue Zones Project under Texas Health Resources’ community health initiatives and the role residents play in the program’s continued transformation. Hear from other champions about how Blue Zones Project best practices have impacted local schools, businesses and neighborhoods. Cap off the afternoon with a conversation with Fort Worth’s well-being leaders, Mayor Betsy Price and Barclay Berdan, CEO of Texas Health Resources.

Admission is free, but online registration is required.

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Project Bus heading to TCC Northwest

Get on the bus! The Trinity Metro Project Bus, that is.

The bus will be loaded with information and will stop from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 28 at TCC Northwest Campus Student Center, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway.

Project Bus is the City of Fort Worth and Trinity Metro’s moving outreach opportunity. Staff members will conduct surveys and inform residents about the Transit Master Plan.

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More Activity Coming for Phase 2 of N. White Chapel Widening Project

While it’s been hard to miss the work on Phase 1 of the N. White Chapel widening project, Phase 2 of the project has been quietly chugging along in the background. In just a few weeks, passersby will start to see more crews working in the right of ways along N. White Chapel as they begin to build a new screening wall along the east side of N. White Chapel.

In the coming days, crews will begin installing temporary fencing just east of the existing screening wall and fences to create a construction barrier. Once that is complete they will begin the demolition of current structures. The new screening wall is expected to be completed in about a year. Crews are anticipating starting on the section between Emerald and E. Chapel Downs.

Phase 2 of the project will include a new screening wall, widening of the roadway, building new sidewalks and installing landscaping. Phase 1 of the project is the widening from Highland to SH 114. All part of the Southlake 2030 Master Mobility Plan, the widening project will leave N. White Chapel a four-lane roadway from Emerald to SH 114. This includes a dual-lane roundabout at Highland and N. White Chapel, a landscaped median and new sidewalks.

After the construction of the wall and relocation of utilities, the next significant milestone for Phase 2 will being in summer 2020 with the start of demolition of the current roadway and construction of the new traffic lanes.

Although it seems like all of the work has been focused on Phase 1, there have been some significant milestones for Phase 2 along the way. In January of this year, City Council approved an Engineering Services Agreement with Freese and Nichols to provide third-party construction management services. And in May, Council approved a construction contract with Tiseo Paving to act as the general contractor.

Stay in-the-know with this project by following Southlake Mobility on Facebook, visiting the website at www.ConnectSouthlake.com and signing up for the Mobility Newsletter.

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Workshop shows the basics of project development

Registration ends July 8 for a one-day workshop designed to help aspiring real estate developers prepare to take the first steps on their own project.

Near Southside Inc. is presenting the Small-Scale Development Workshop from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 11 at The Women’s Club of Fort Worth, 1316 Pennsylvania Ave.

The workshop will focus on project formation. Leaders take a big-picture view of neighborhood-based development to help attendees analyze what makes a good project, how a building makes money and how small developers interact with the broader ecosystem of professionals in the built environment. By the end of the workshop, aspiring developers will feel more prepared to take the first steps on their own project.

Register online.

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Major Traffic Switch Coming with N. White Chapel Widening Project

Thanks to heavy spring rain, the timeline for the N. White Chapel widening project may have shifted, but progress has remained steady. The next major milestone for this project is to shift the Highland road closure to the west side of the intersection.

Crews are anticipating closing W. Highland at N. White Chapel, weather permitting, Monday, June 24 to complete the west side of the roundabout. This traffic switch will happen after the morning rush. As the completion of the east side of the roundabout is wrapped up this week, crews will be shifting attention to the other half. The closure includes the west side of the Highland and N. White Chapel intersection and about 500 feet of Highland leading up to the intersection.

In addition to the change in closures, this move will also result in the removal of the traffic signal at Highland and N. White Chapel. The signal will no longer be needed and will be disabled prior to this next phase. This means north and southbound traffic will flow freely through the intersection. There will be no east and westbound traffic through the intersection until the roundabout opens. Vehicles will not be able to turn west onto Highland from N. White Chapel.

Before the west side of the intersection is closed, the east side of the intersection will be partially reopened. Remember, the traffic flow from E. Highland will be different in preparation for the new roundabout traffic flow; E. Highland traffic will only be able to turn northbound onto N. White Chapel. That traffic will have a stop sign before entering N. White Chapel. North and southbound cross traffic will not stop, so drivers will need to heed extra caution before getting on N. White Chapel.

The work is expected to be completed before the start of the school year.

“This milestone puts us one step closer to a completed roundabout,” notes City Engineer and Deputy Director of Public Works Kyle Hogue. “I’d like to reiterate the importance of drivers proceeding with caution and traveling at or below the posted speed limit as they drive through the intersection. With the signal no longer being needed and disabled, that’s one more reason for drivers to pay extra close attention in this area. Also, remember as crews work toward the next phase to bring the two sections together the temporary transitions or ‘hump’ will remain in the intersection.”

Want to stay updated on this project? Follow Southlake Mobility on Facebook for all the up-to-date mobility news in Southlake. You can also visit the website at www.ConnectSouthlake.com.

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OBA: Tarrant County Paving Project to start on E. Continental Boulevard

Crews will be on site replacing the asphalt on E. Continental Boulevard starting Tuesday, June 11, 2019 through Friday, June 21, 2019 weather permitting.

Work will take place east of Byron Nelson Parkway to Crooked Lane between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday – Friday. One lane of traffic will remain open during the resurfacing project. Flaggers will be on site to direct traffic during construction.

The roundabout at S. Carroll Avenue/Brumlow Avenue will also be closed on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 and again on Friday, June 14, 2019. Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes on these dates.

Message boards have been placed at the following locations in advance of the construction zone to notify motorists and residents of upcoming work:

  • Northbound Brumlow Avenue near Warwick Way/Hart Street
  • Southbound S. Carroll Avenue near Breeze Way
  • Westbound E. Continental Boulevard near Byron Nelson Parkway
  • Eastbound E. Continental Boulevard near Crooked Lane.

We appreciate your cooperation during this time. Please contact Public Works Operations at (817) 748-8082 with any questions and follow the Southlake Mobility Facebook page for the most up-to-date mobility news.

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OBA: TxDOT Southlake Boulevard Paving Project

Crews have started paving Southlake Boulevard from US 377 to just west of Davis Boulevard/Randol Mill Ave.

This project is estimated to be completed by the end of June 2019.  All repairs will take place at night and all the surface area will be a bit rough due to the construction work.

The paving project consists of milling the existing surface repairing base failures, which causes cracking and potholes in order to install a new surface on the roadway.

Once the pavement has been completed, new pavement marketing’s will be installed. Phase 2 of the project, which includes repairs from FM 1938 to SH 114, will be awarded later this year.

Follow the Southlake Mobility Facebook page for the most update-to-date mobility news. You can also track all TxDOT construction projects on their Project Tracker page, click here.

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N. White Chapel Widening Project On Schedule and Making Major Headway

The end of the school year is right around the corner and while that means summer break for many, it’s rock and roll time for the N. White Chapel widening project. N. White Chapel from Highland to SH 114 will have a totally new look by the time school is back in session.

Despite some intervention from Mother Nature with some heavy rain falls, the project is pretty much on schedule. Most recently in mid-April, crews closed a section of east Highland to begin construction of the east side of the dual-lane roundabout.

If you’ve driven through the N. White Chapel and Highland intersection, you can see the roundabout starting to take shape. The old pavement has been removed and crews are working on leveling the surface in preparation to pave. Work on this side of the roundabout is expected to be completed by early June so work on the other side of the roundabout can begin.

New pavement is in on the southbound lanes and is closer to joining with the existing pavement close to the intersection of N. White Chapel and SH 114. Meanwhile what’s left to pave on the northbound traffic side is formed up to be ready to pave. Weather permitting the contractor hopes to have paving of the new traffic lanes completed in a few weeks.

“It’s great to be able to actually see the roundabout taking shape,” notes City Engineer and Deputy Director of Public Works Kyle Hogue. “So far 70 percent of the work has been completed. Up next is the completion of the roundabout, installation of public art in the roundabout, landscaping and new sidewalks.”

As with any construction project, drivers are encouraged to be extra aware of their surroundings and if possible avoid the area.

In the meantime, if you haven’t already, follow Southlake Mobility on Facebook for all the up-to-date mobility news in Southlake. You can also visit the website at www.ConnectSouthlake.com.

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TEXRail named project of the year

Trinity Metro’s new commuter rail line, TEXRail, was honored as 2018 Project of the Year by the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association.

The RHCA Pillar Award was awarded to Trinity Metro and Archer Western Herzog, a joint venture company formed to lead project management for the construction of TEXRail.

Winners were chosen based on many factors, including leadership diversity and inclusion, community involvement and awards and recognitions. The TEXRail project launched with an established goal of 30 percent M/WBE participation. At the end of the project, the M/WBE participation was 36 percent.

Trinity Metro is the sole owner and operator of TEXRail, a 27-mile commuter rail line that runs from downtown Fort Worth to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B.

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The White Chapel Widening Project – What You Need To Know

Construction on N. White Chapel Boulevard between SH 114 and Emerald Boulevard has been a major topic lately. Road closures, lane switches and major construction have all had some type of effect on our commute to school, work or just day to day activities. In order to understand what is going on, let’s take a dive into the “Why”.

The Tarrant County region is rapidly growing and as more motorists utilize our roadways, an increase in traffic is expected.

In order to plan for the future growth of the region, the City and associated traffic, the City developed the Mobility Master Plan, which is a component of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. This plan has developed recommendations for roadways, sidewalks and bicycle facilities with the intent of meeting the City’s mobility related goals and objectives.

The widening of N. White Chapel Boulevard and SH 114 and Emerald Boulevard has been a recommended project in the City’s mobility plan for a number of years.

N. White Chapel Boulevard between SH 114 and Emerald Boulevard is a main road that travels through Southlake. Being that N. White Chapel is a highly accessible roadway, it is important that mobility and transportation needs are met. In order to accommodate our residents, pedestrians and the traffic, the City devised a plan to expand N. White Chapel Boulevard.

Regarding the Comprehensive plan, once projects are included as a recommendation, those items can be included in the City’s Capital Improvement Program, often referred to as the CIP. The CIP plan is a five-year plan that includes but not limited to the purchase of construction or replacement of the City’s physical assets, roads and highways being one of them. So how does this all work together? The overall goals and objectives of the Mobility Master Plan and the CIP both help implement the goals and objectives of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. With approved recommendations and funds allocated toward the project, the expansion of N. White Chapel Boulevard has been well underway.

The project involves expanding the two-lane road to a four-lane road divided roadway with a dual-lane roundabout at the intersection at Highland Street.

The project will be completed in two phases, one which is the construction of the roundabout at Highland and the widening of N. White Chapel from SH 114 to Highland and two, the widening from Emerald to Highland. “By increasing the roadway capacity, this will help improve traffic operations and provide safety for residents and visitors,” said Senior Director of Planning and Development Services Ken Baker.

The City will also incorporate aesthetics such as trees, shrubbery, street lighting, trails and other amenities that adhere to Southlake’s street design standards.  The project will also include utility and drainage improvement.

The widening is an estimated $10.825 million capital investment in the City’s transportation system.

To date, crews have installed water lines, new sanitary sewer lines, new storm drains, paved portions of the roundabout and paved portions of north and southbound lanes. Council recently approved an Engineering Services Agreement for Phase II of the project which includes landscaped medians, a replacement screening wall on the East side of N. White Chapel along with sidewalks and installation of a traffic signal at Ascot Drive.  This will surely improve mobility in Southlake.

Major construction began in 2018 and is estimated to be completed by 2021.

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

 

 

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