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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Race Street closed to eastbound traffic as work continues on Six Points Urban Village

As work on Six Points Urban Village continues, Race Street from Holden Avenue to Grace Avenue will be open to westbound traffic only. Eastbound traffic will detour to Grace Avenue and East Belknap Street. This closure is expected to be in place through January 2019.

Follow detour signs and watch for workers in the area.

Phase one of the Six Points Urban Village Improvements includes sidewalks, new on-street parking, pedestrian lighting, protected bike lanes, landscaping, new asphalt pavement, street furniture and public art. Phase one of the project is slated for completion in March 2019.

A meeting to discuss the construction of phase two is scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 8 at Riverside Baptist Church, 3101 Race St.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Wilma Smith at 817-392-8785.

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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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Sewer line construction scheduled for portions of Boyd Avenue and McPherson Street

Construction is slated to begin on the replacement of sanitary sewer lines in the TCU area. The city will meet with residents at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at University Baptist Church, 2720 Wabash Ave.

The affected area includes:

  • Boyd Avenue from McPherson Street north 260 feet.
  • McPherson Street from Boyd Avenue east 200 feet.
  • The easement between Boyd Avenue and Stadium Drive from McPherson Street north 300 feet.

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

To learn more, contact Project Manager Scott Lafferty at 817-392-8213.

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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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Parking meters coming to West Seventh Street area

Work continues on West Seventh Street traffic and safety improvements, and the next step addresses parking.

Parking meters are being installed in and near the West Seventh area and are expected to be operating by Aug. 30. Parking fees for these meters will vary based on time of day. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the rate will be $1 per hour. From 4 p.m.-10 p.m., the rate will be $2.50 per hour. There is no fee from 10 p.m.-10 a.m.

Parking fees may be adjusted by 25 cents per hour on a weekly basis based on demand, with a maximum allowable rate of $4.50 per hour and a minimum rate of $1 per hour.

Fort Worth will be the first city in Texas to implement a demand-driven variable-rate structure for on-street parking. The combination of extended-hours metered parking and the implementation of a demand-driven variable rate has been successfully used in high-demand business and entertainment districts in cities such as Seattle, New York, San Francisco and Boston to address the issue of excessive parking demand and a limited supply of on-street spaces. The use of demand-driven variable-rate parking has resulted in a decrease in search time and congestion as well as an improvement in space turnover and overall business activity in high-demand districts in those cities.

Parking will also be available at the Fort Worth school district’s Farrington Field., located at the corner of University Drive and Lancaster Avenue. Under a new agreement, 400 spaces will be available for employee parking and fee-based parking for the general public beginning Aug. 30. This effort is being managed by the West Seventh Restaurant and Bar Association. Fee-based surface lots and garages in the West Seventh Urban Village are additional alternatives.

The availability of parking at Farrington Field will coincide with the opening of a portion of the new Trail Drive Extension adjacent to Farrington Field to allow easier access to the parking lot.

Learn about other traffic and safety improvements scheduled for the area.

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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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28th Street to close for TEXRail bridge installation

As workers install a new train bridge for the TEXRail line, 28th Street between Nichols Street and Decatur Avenue will be closed Aug. 3-10. An extended closure is planned for Aug. 20-Oct. 14.

Motorists should take Main Street or Decatur Avenue northbound to Long Avenue as a detour. View a detour map.

To learn more, contact TEXRail at 817-215-8785.

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