West Seventh Street right of way improvements discussion scheduled for June 24

The discussion continues with residents on the right of way improvements planned for West Seventh Street. Make plans to attend the upcoming community meeting to discuss the project.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Monday, June 24 at the University of North Texas Health Science Center’s Carl E. Everett Education & Administration Building Room 506, located at 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd.

The voter-approved 2018 bond program will provide $8.5 million to improve the right of way from the Trinity River west to University Drive for motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and transit users.

Proposed improvements include upgraded traffic signals, pedestrian crossings, shared bus/bike lanes, a median, improved sidewalks and illumination improvements.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Mitch Aiton at 817-392-6591.

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Street closures impact areas near Benbrook Lake

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is closing Lakeside Dr. starting at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, in anticipation of additional rainfall this weekend and early next week. Those traveling on Winscott Road will not be able to turn onto Lakeside Drive.

High amounts of rainfall over the past several weeks have caused elevated water levels at Benbrook Lake, and the intersection and spillway is being closed as a precaution.

Residents will still be able to access Pecan Valley Golf Course, Art Cowsen trailhead, and the Benbrook youth soccer fields coming from Altamesa Boulevard and Dirks Road, however Lakeside Drive will be closed to thru traffic and residents will not be able to access Winscott Road.

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Street maintenance scheduled for parts of WJ Boaz and Bowman-Roberts

The city is hosting a community meeting to inform residents about street maintenance on segments of WJ Boaz and Bowman-Roberts roads. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 22, at the Northwest Library, 6228 Crystal Lake Drive.

WJ Boaz Road from Elkins School Road to Boat Club Road and Bowman-Roberts Road from Texas Shiner Drive to Cromwell-Marine Creek Road will be rehabilitated. Crews will pulverize the existing asphalt pavement, stabilize the roadway and then apply an asphaltic pavement surface.

Make plans to attend the meeting to hear the schedule and impacts to residents.

To learn more, contact Project Manager George Snowden at 817-392-6696.

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MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival street closures

The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival, the largest fine arts event in Texas, is returning to downtown Fort Worth for its 34th year April 11-14.

With all the art, music and savory cuisine come a few traffic closures beginning in the days leading up to the festival. Here are the scheduled closures:

Midnight April 8- 6 a.m. April 15

  • Main Street from Second Street to Third Street.
  • Main Street from Fifth Street to Ninth Street.

Midnight April 9-6 a.m. April 15

  • Main Street from Weatherford Street to Second Street.
  • First Street from Houston Street to Commerce Street.
  • Second Street from Houston Street to Throckmorton Street, north loading lane.
  • Fourth Street from Throckmorton Street to Houston Street, south curb and traffic lanes. Two north lanes remain open.
  • Fifth Street from Houston Street to Throckmorton Street. South lanes remain open.

6 p.m. April 9-6 a.m. April 15

  • Third Street between Houston Street and Commerce Street. Haltom’s store access remains open.
  • Fourth Street from Houston to Commerce. Access to garage will be maintained.
  • Commerce Street (west parking/loading lane) from Weatherford Street to Ninth Street.
  • Houston Street (east curb lane and recessed areas) from Weatherford Street to Ninth Street.

Midnight April 10-6 a.m. April 15

  • First Street from Commerce Street to Calhoun Street.
  • Second Street from Houston Street to Commerce Street. Access to Renaissance Worthington Hotel will be maintained from the Houston Street entrance and east-west access will be maintained from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
  • Commerce Street from Second Street to Fourth Street. This closure will be in effect as necessary.

Midnight April 11-6 p.m. April 12

  • Fifth Street from Houston Street to Commerce Street. Two north lanes will be open during peak traffic hours, 6 -9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.

6 p.m. April 12-6 a.m. April 15

  • Main Street from Weatherford Street to Ninth Street.
  • First Street from Commerce Street to Houston Street.
  • Second Street from Commerce Street to Houston Street.
  • Third Street from Commerce Street to Houston Street.
  • Fourth Street from Commerce Street to Houston Street.
  • Fifth Street from Commerce Street to Houston Street.
  • Parking lanes on Weatherford, Commerce, Houston, First, Fourth and Eighth streets as mentioned above.

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How cities (like Fort Worth) can use Google Street View to measure change

A new effort to track street-level changes in cities is using a widely available tool to gather information: Google Street View.

Taking the time to view online maps and click on specific areas or blocks to trigger 360-degree views — and then compare those views to snapshots taken in previous years — can teach a lot about year-over-year changes to a street, without requiring the user to actually visit in person. This effort was showcased at a SXSW 2019 session in Austin featuring the coauthor of a major study on the subject, as well as Fort Worth City Councilmember Ann Zadeh, who represents District 9. She is putting these ideas into action at the local level.

Zadeh is an urban planner and 30-year Fort Worth resident who started her civic career as a leader in the historic Bluebonnet Hills neighborhood, then as a zoning commissioner, before being elected to the City Council in 2014. She uses Google Street View to see how her district is changing — and to help foster deeper engagement with constituents.

“My use of Google Street View started when I was on the zoning commission,” Zadeh said. “I used it to look at cases when I couldn’t make it out to every single one in person.”

Zadeh said she talks regularly with city planners, who still largely rely on census data – which, while generally accurate, dates quickly in the decade between each collection. She has encouraged the city to find additional ways to collect data about neighborhoods to track incremental change, particularly about gentrification in areas close to the city’s urban core.

“As an elected official, this kind of data helps me say to people, ‘I understand the curb in front of your house is a little cracked, and that’s not aesthetically pleasing, but there are actual streets in Fort Worth that don’t have a curb or a gutter,’” she said.

Zadeh said educating her constituents about the need for greater income diversity and opportunity remains a priority.

“Everyone says they’re for affordable housing, but then when you want to put it in a specific place, people say, ‘I’m for it, but not right there,’” she said. “We need to inform people better so they understand that it’s not the old ‘housing projects’ idea they may have in their head. … Our goal is to make our city more equitable for everyone who lives there.”

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Council Approves Public Art Installation for Roundabout located at N. White Chapel Boulevard and Highland Street

City Council approved the art concept and contract with artist Boris Kramer for his art sculpture, “Be the Bridge” to be installed at the N. White Chapel Boulevard and Highland Street roundabout.

It will be replacing the artwork, “Prairie Winds”, a sculpture by Seth Vandable, which will be relocated to Bicentennial Park.

The Arts Council recommended for the “Prairie Winds” installation to be relocated due to the structures “pioneer” vibe. The artwork will be moved near the log cabin in Bicentennial Park.  Members of the Arts Council recognized that Bicentennial Park is more suitable for the “Prairie Winds” sculpture because it will enhance the area’s connection with Southlake’s early settlers and wagon trails that were part of the westward migration.

Kramer’s piece, “Be the Bridge” was chosen based on feedback that was provided from a Joint City Council and Arts Council meeting in December.  The Arts Council goal was to seek a proposal for an art piece that would highlight unity and culture, and this piece did just that.

The concept of this piece is about bringing acceptance and tolerance through the experiences of play and dance. The central figure will have five predominant colors: black, brown, yellow, red and white. The artists’ theory is that the figure can be interpreted from a variety of viewpoints. The sculpture can represent everyone from different backgrounds with one of the figures in the middle of the group making the connection, the middle figure could also be interpreted as the person who does not fit into simply one ethnic background or social group, or the figure could be a person who is blended into a number of different groups but can still be a catalyst for equality.

The City utilizes roundabouts, key gateways, intersections, open spaces and key destinations as opportunities for special design features such as public art.

The roundabout program is a part of the Public Art Master Plan, a plan that recommends commissioning and installing public art pieces in the roundabouts throughout the City for beautification and to build a network of art markers that help with wayfinding and placemaking throughout the city.

To date, art is installed in all Southlake Roundabouts. The replacement and installation of both sculptures are expected to be completed by  Fall of 2019.

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Sewer line construction starts April 1 on Oscar Avenue and 36th Street

Crews will begin work on the sewer lines located on:

  • Oscar Avenue from 36th Street to 377 feet north.
  • 36th Street from Oscar Avenue west 124 feet.

Make plans to attend the project meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. March 20 at Diamond Hill Community Center, 1701 NE 36th St. City staff will outline the construction schedule and impacts to residents.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Brenda Oropeza at 817-392-8271.

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Section of Highland Street and N. White Chapel Boulevard intersection to be closed temporarily

As crews continue to make progress on the N. White Chapel widening project, they will temporarily close the east leg of the Highland St. and N. White Chapel intersection.

Weather permitting, the closure will start after the morning traffic peak on Monday, February 11 and is expected to last until Friday, February 15.

The City’s contractor will be lowering the existing 20-inch water main currently located under N. White Chapel. As illustrated in the map, vehicles will not be able to turn east onto Highland from N. White Chapel or cross the intersection as they drive west. Vehicles can still turn west onto Highland or continue on N. White Chapel.  Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes and try to avoid the intersection while work is being completed.

This work will continue to move the project along to a completed roundabout in the spring.

City staff is also working with contractors to monitor and adjust signal timing at the SH 114 and N. White Chapel intersection so that traffic is allowed more time to get through the Highland and N. White Chapel intersection.

“As we continue to make progress on this project it puts us one step closer to overall improved mobility along this corridor,” notes Deputy Director of Public Works and City Engineer Kyle Hogue. “Even though construction projects can be frustrating for drivers, we really appreciate the feedback we’ve received along the way. Letting us know when situations get better or worse helps us address concerns as they arise and do what we can to make improvements. Please keep talking to us. Reaching out through our Mobility Facebook page or the website is a great way to get in touch with us.”

For more information about the project, visit the project page on the City website.  Stay in the loop on project updates by following Southlake Mobility on Facebook.

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Keep Southlake Beautiful by Planting a Street Tree

It’s that time of year again—time to order the street trees that will keep Southlake beautiful for generations to come. Trees will be available for purchase through January 31, 2019.

Trees are essential for a healthy ecosystem, but they also have a direct impact on our own health and well-being. They protect us from the blazing summer heat, mitigate air and water pollution, reduce stress and encourage people to get outside and stay active. The greener the community, the happier and healthier the residents!

The City of Southlake’s annual Street Tree Program is dedicated to keeping Southlake healthy and beautiful all year long. Through this program, Southlake residents can purchase a tree for half price with the City covering the remaining costs. The following four varieties of trees are available through the program:

Visit our website for more information. Trees will be planted in designated locations in late winter/early spring.

Trees can be purchased until January 31 either through the Parks and Recreation online portal or at the Community Services office (1400 Main Street, Suite 210). Only one tree per Southlake household.

To learn more about the City’s Street Tree Program and other Keep Southlake Beautiful initiatives, visit our website or call (817) 748-8019.

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Construction continues on Montgomery Street

Construction continues along Montgomery Street. The city’s Transportation and Public Works Department will update residents on the progress at a meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 10 at the University of North Texas Science Center, Medical Education & Training Building room 124N, located at 1000 Montgomery St.

After the roadway construction is complete, installation of sidewalks, lighting and landscaping will take place.

Construction activities will pause during the 2019 Stock Show and Rodeo and start again after Feb. 11, 2019. All construction is expected to be finished in time for the 2020 Stock Show and Rodeo.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Michael Weiss at 817-392-8485.

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