Crooked Lane Repaving Project Boosts Construction Standards

Workers began milling Crooked Lane this week as part of the City’s interlocal agreement and partnership with Tarrant County to repave the roadway.

During repaving, construction will utilize a process called soil-cement stabilization. Soil-cement uses a tightly mixed combination of soil, cement and water to produce a durable and high-quality roadway.

The process is a more efficient way than traditional construction to rebuild roads.

“We take great care and attention to ensure citizens of our commitment to excellence when it comes to building and maintaining the City’s quality infrastructure,” Director of Public Works Rob Cohen said. “This project is one example of how the City has been able to secure a network of partners to save costs on capital improvement developments while maintaining our high-standards for roads.”

The project outlines the resurfacing of Crooked Lane from Kimball Avenue to Nolen Drive. The responsibilities of the project will be shared between Tarrant County and the City of Southlake, with the county providing labor resources, heavy equipment and half of the fuel expenses while the City mills the roadway, makes any necessary subgrade repairs, manages traffic controls and stripes the roadway.

The budget for the project is $330,000, to be funded through the General Fund of the FY 2020 Capital Improvement Program. The project is scheduled to be complete in February 2020, weather permitting.

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Blue Zones Project teams with Tom Thumb to promote literacy

Customers with young children can now borrow a book at the entrance of some area Tom Thumb grocery stores for children to enjoy while they shop.

But the books aren’t just to entertain children. The books were intentionally selected to engage and educate children about the many things they might see while in a grocery store – particularly healthy fruits and vegetables, where food comes from, and the importance of those who provide our food.

Some books also cover mindfulness, another topic that is important to well-being, especially in children. The books are available for a variety of age levels — even picture books for the youngest shoppers.

Stephanie Jackson, director of strategic partnerships for Blue Zones Project Fort Worth, said providing books and supporting literacy is key to creating a community that embraces and supports children and their families.

“This initiative supports the whole child,” Jackson said. “Promoting physical, emotional and nutritional well-being ultimately supports positive learning outcomes.”

Books are currently available at the Hulen and Camp Bowie Tom Thumb locations and will soon expand to additional Tom Thumb and Albertsons Fort Worth stores. They will also soon be added at Central Market’s Fort Worth store.

Jackson said store managers were enthusiastic to collaborate with Blue Zones Project to support the pilot program and increase reading in the community.

“Albertsons Tom Thumb was aware of Fort Worth’s reading initiative and thought it would be a great way to support families, especially at the early stages of development during their shopping experience,” she said.

This isn’t the first Blue Zones Project program that has involved literacy as a component of well-being. Blue Zones Project is active with the city’s Read Fort Worth initiative and often provides books to area schools that support their Blue Zones actions. But it’s the first collaboration involving area grocery stores.

“Having our Blue Zones Project Approved grocers partner with us is another way we can support our community and make those small changes that ensure our community is a healthier and happier place to live,” said Matt Dufrene, vice president of Blue Zones Project Fort Worth.

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Carousel public art project dedication set for Nov. 9

Carousel, a sculpture in perforated and painted stainless steel and aluminum, was recently installed in the center of the roundabout at the intersection of East Rosedale Street and Mitchell Boulevard.

A dedication for the artwork is scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 9 at the corner of Sycamore Park adjacent to the roundabout. Free parking is available in the parking lot near the ball fields at Sycamore Park.

Created by the husband and wife artist team of Jim Hirschfield and Sonya Ishii, Carousel stands a little more than 24 feet high and 14 feet in diameter. This stationary Carousel is activated by the experience of driving around it, seeking to turn the ordinary event of traveling the area into a distinctive experience.

The artwork is inspired in part by the artists’ fascination with carousels, which are a delight to children and a source of nostalgia for adults. Its theatrical quality references the Jubilee Theatre, which was originally established in this community, and the theatre department at Texas Wesleyan University. Its six large, colorful parrots are a reference to the mascot of nearby Polytechnic High School and the importance of striving for education at all levels.

An artist talk is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. Nov. 9, immediately following the dedication, at Ella Mae Shamblee Library, 1062 Evans Ave.

Hirschfield and Ishii have worked as a team for nearly three decades, and together have created more than 40 public artworks.

Hirschfield teaches at the University of North Carolina and was chair of the Art Department from 2010-2017. He has received major awards from both public and private foundations, including awards from the NEA, the North Carolina Arts Council, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. He has a long history in public art and currently serves on the Public Art Network Advisory Council.

Ishii began her professional career as an artist on an early design team project in Seattle, Wash. She has received a number of awards, including two North Carolina Artist Fellowships.

Together, Hirschfield and Ishii have created public art projects ranging from freestanding sculpture to sculptural environments. When beginning a project, the artists search for a theme: something about a place that inspires and directs their design. They describe this as finding an inherent truth that lends itself to becoming visual metaphor. Their projects succeed through strong aesthetic designs that engage the viewer in a process of discovery, providing a multifaceted and meaningful experience.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Anne Allen at 817-298-3028.

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White Chapel Widening Project Ready to Turn Major Milestone

It’s hard to remember what N. White Chapel looked like a year ago with all of the changes in the past 12 months. Gone is the four-way stop at N. White Chapel and Highland as is the single north and southbound lanes between Highland and SH 114. In the coming weeks both lanes will be open from SH 114 all the way past Highland through the new dual-lane roundabout.

As Phase 1 of the two-phase project is close to wrapping up, crews have made significant progress in the last few months. New sidewalks have been completed and the roundabout has been constructed and lined with a stamped concrete. The next visible changes to look for will be the addition of landscaping and the installation of new public art in the center of the roundabout.

This past March, City Council approved artist Boris Kramer’s piece “Be the Bridge” to adorn the roundabout.

In addition to landscaping in the roundabout, the new medians will also be landscaped. Decorative pavers have already been installed as has the infrastructure for new lighting. Look for the new lights in the coming weeks. Keep in mind, the landscaping work may require some temporary lane closures to help keep crews safe while they work.

Weather permitting all lanes of traffic will be open by the end of the year.

While Phase 1 of the project has been very active, Phase 2 has also been gaining momentum. Third-party utility crews have been steadily working to relocate utility lines to make way for the new lanes to be added next year. To date, crews have started to remove over-head utility lines and install temporary construction fencing on the east side of N. White Chapel to prepare for the construction of a new screening wall. In the months to come, the screening wall will be built and crews will start work on water utility relocation.

As the project makes progress, motorists can expect a few temporary lane closures to accommodate utility work. Major road widening construction is not anticipated to really kick off until the summer months of 2020.

Once the entire project is complete, N. White Chapel will be a divided four-lane road between FM 1709 and SH 114 with new sidewalks to accompany the new traffic lanes.

As always, we thank you for your cooperation during this project and encourage you to stay up-to-date with the latest project news by following Southlake Mobility on Facebook.

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OBA: Phase 2 of FM 1709 Repaving Project Starting Soon!

More roadwork for FM 1709 is headed your way! TxDOT contractors recently wrapped up Phase 1 of resurfacing the area from US-377 to west of Davis Boulevard this summer. Now they are ready to move forward with Phase 2 of the project and will be onsite starting Sunday, October 20 at 7 p.m. to mill and resurface all travel lanes from both directions of Southlake Boulevard from west of Davis Boulevard/1938 to SH 114.

No daytime lane closures are expected for this work to minimize the impact to the commuting public during peak traffic hours.

This project should be completed in 8-10 weeks, weather permitting.

For questions, please contact City of Southlake Public Works Department at 817-748-8098 or visit the Southlake Mobility Facebook page.

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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.

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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.”

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