Forecast for N. White Chapel

Although this Texas weather has a mind of its own and can have adverse effects on projects, work on N. White Chapel is on schedule.

Waterline work is ongoing at each of the N. White Chapel intersections from Emerald to Ascot. The anticipated completion date for this work will be February 14.

Street light installation is in the works along Highland to SH 114, weather permitting and will soon be followed by, median landscaping, the replacement screening wall on the East Side of N. White Chapel, along with sidewalks and a traffic signal at Ascot Drive.

This project is expected to be completed by spring 2022 with total estimated cost of $17 million for both projects.

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N. White Chapel Then and Now

It seems like yesterday the City announced the N. White Chapel Widening Project to improve safety and mobility within Southlake. Since construction commenced in 2017, we wanted to take a look back to see how far we’ve come and how much longer we have until completion.

The N. White Chapel Widening Project developed as part of the Southlake 2030 Master Mobility Plan. The plan is a document that houses recommendations to the City’s transportation network which includes the Sidewalk Plans, Pathways Plan and Thoroughfare Plan.

The plan is updated every five years to accommodate Southlake’s growing population and future developments.

“Transportation is one of the community’s most visible and permanent elements,” said Rob Cohen, Director of Public Works. “The mobility plan inaugurates the framework for the community’s growth and build out. By creating a good transportation system, commuters can travel efficiently, conveniently and safely.”

The project was designed to take place in two phases. Phase 1 included the widening of the road from Highway 114 to Highland and the construction of the dual-lane roundabout located at the intersection of N. White Chapel and Highland. Phase 2 is the widening of the road from Emerald to Highland.

The City works side by side with contractors to ensure that this project remains on schedule.

“Staying on track for this project is one of our main priorities,” Cohen said. “The City works closely with contractors and has meetings to ensure that the ongoing construction is on schedule and that the impact on traffic is minimal.”

The road widening and roundabout components of Phase 1 are almost complete. Outstanding tasks for Phase 1 include landscaping, lighting, and the installation of the artwork, “Be the Bridge” by artist Boris Kramer. Phase 2 is moving steady with utility and prep work for the installation of a new screening wall.

The end result will leave N. White Chapel complete with a four-lane roadway between 114 and FM 1709, divided by a landscape median with new sidewalks for pedestrians.

The project is expected to be completed by Spring 2022 with an estimated cost of $17 million.

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Landscaping and Lighting Work to Begin on N. White Chapel

Contractors have been laying the groundwork for the widening of N. White Chapel for several months now and have made major headway.

Phase 1 is nearing completion with the construction of the dual lane roundabout located at the intersection of N. White Chapel and Highland. Phase 2, the widening of the road from Emerald to Highland, has begun and is moving along with utility work.

The roundabout is undergoing some cosmetic updates.  New street lights and landscaping will be installed along with the public art display, “Be the Bridge,” by artist Boris Kramer.

Contractors recently wrapped up waterline relocation work requiring the closure of the Bicentennial Park entrance on N. White Chapel at the end of December 2019. These utility relocation efforts will continue along N. White Chapel from Emerald to Highland. Construction of a new screening wall will also begin in the coming weeks.

The entire project is estimated to cost over $17 million.

For updates and more Mobility News, follow the Southlake Mobility Facebook page or visit www.ConnectSouthlake.com.

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Roundabout Opens on N. White Chapel

The City’s newest roundabout, located at N. White Chapel and Highland, opened both lanes to drivers on December 20.

Drivers are encouraged to be cautious and pay special attention as they enter and exit the roundabout. When entering a roundabout, yield to both lanes of traffic. As you approach the yield signs, look to your left and yield to the traffic that is already in the roundabout Remember, vehicles in the roundabout have the right-of-way and you must yield to all lanes of traffic in multi-lane roundabouts.

Make sure you slow down and follow the signage to choose the correct lane when approaching the roundabout. To turn left, use the left lane. To turn right, use the right lane. To go straight, you can use either lane unless otherwise indicated.

If there is no traffic in the roundabout, drivers are not required to come to a complete stop before entering the roundabout.

To learn how to navigate a roundabout, watch this video.

As with any mobility project, the City of Southlake will observe traffic and make any needed corrections so that drivers can navigate the roundabout safely. Click here to contact us about a traffic tip or question.

The roundabout was a major component of the first phase of the N. White Chapel widening project. Phase 2 of the project includes the widening of N. White Chapel from Emerald to Highland.

When the project is completed, N. White Chapel will be a divided, four-lane road between 114 and FM 1709, with new sidewalks for pedestrians. The entire project is estimated to cost over $17 million.

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Phase 2 of N. White Chapel Paves the Way

 As 2019 comes to a close, so is Phase 1 of 2 of the N. White Chapel project.

Phase 1 of the N. White Chapel project included the construction of the dual lane roundabout located at the intersection of N. White Chapel and Highland.

To date, the construction of the roundabout has been completed along with the installation of new paving, sidewalks, medians and decorative pavers.

Crews are adding the final touches with the pavement striping and the installation of the public art display, “Be the Bridge,” by artist Boris Kramer, in the center of the roundabout. New street lighting and landscaping will be installed soon.

The construction of Phase 2 is steadily moving forward in preparation for the widening of N. White Chapel from Emerald to Highland. So far, contractors have installed a temporary construction fence along the west side of the road in preparation for the construction of a new screening wall. The contractor also began installing new water facilities.

The bulk of the roadwork for the widening project is expected to start in summer 2020.

Once the 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.

There will still be some temporary lane closures in the upcoming weeks, weather permitting. The entire road widening project, Phases 1 and 2, is estimated to cost over $17 million. Funding will be distributed from the General, Utility, Roadway Impact and Storm Water Utility System Funds and in partnership with Tarrant County.

If you would like to stay up to date on this project, please follow us on Southlake Mobility on Facebook.

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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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Plans to Pavement: How Unsung Hero Mark Cisneros is Getting N. White Chapel Boulevard Built

Greek mythology presents the story of Sisyphus, a ruler condemned to pushing a heavy stone up a hill, only to have it roll back down when it neared the top. Managing construction projects is not completely analogous to the eternal, futile work of Sisyphus (they do eventually conclude and leave us with something of value), but Mark Cisneros might agree that many days his management of the N. White Chapel reconstruction project feels like one hard step forward, two steps back. Yet Mark remains focused, and the project is proceeding successfully thanks to the tenacity and professionalism he brings to the assignment.

“Mark’s duties for this project encompass elements of technical aptitude, knowledge of the construction requirements, accounting and customer service,” said Director of Public Works Rob Cohen. “Mark takes true ownership of this project and keeps the project moving when tasks seemed to be lagging, often working with the project superintendent to keep the crews focused and advancing to the next phase. Mark understands the significance of the project to the traveling public and has worked hard and effectively to keep it on track.”

The project has required Mark to…

  • Carefully review contractor payment applications, verify the work was satisfactorily completed and certify the documents needed for payment approval;
  • make decisions in the field that are minor adjustments to the final product and keep the Public Works team informed of these adjustments;
  • keep meticulous notes based on daily observations of project activity, used to document conditions needed to negotiate with contractors on requests for additional time or scope of work changes or make corrections;
  • serve as the contact for all parties involved with the project. This includes coordination among residents, contractors, utilities, and staff. He addresses resident issues regarding site appearance, cleanup, traffic control, and other items;
  • conduct third party material testing. Mark reviews reports to confirm the contracted work meets engineering specifications. He also coordinates with utility providers to resolve conflicts, preventing project delays. He coordinates work and inspections.

“Mark is extremely passionate and takes pride in his projects. He realized the importance of this project to the City, both the organization and the public, very early on and simply refused to lose. He is a great motivator and is the reason that this project remains on schedule,” said Director Cohen. “This has resulted in great outcomes, like being able to open the outside lanes of the roundabout and Highland for the start of the school year.”

For commitment to the project, willingness to take on the uncertainties of construction, and demonstration of the City’s values, Mark Cisneros is being honored as an unsung hero. Let’s all thank him for his great work.

Keep pushing that rock, Mark! There is no rest for the weary…Phase 2 is coming soon.

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OBA: Lane Shift on N. White Chapel

Southlake Public Works crews will be on-site installing water service at a new home and will be excavating in the southbound lane on N. White Chapel located just north of Dove Road on Monday, August 5, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Due to the construction of the new line, the pavement in this area will have to be restored. Crews will return onsite Tuesday, August 6, 2019 – Wednesday, August 7, 2019, to repair the pavement between the hours of 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

We appreciate your cooperation during this time. Please contact Public Works Operations at (817) 748-8082.

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OBA: Asphalt Repair on N. White Chapel

Southlake Public Works crews will be onsite to repair asphalt along N. White Chapel Boulevard just south of Bob Jones Park starting August 6, 2019, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., weather permitting.

One lane of traffic will remain open until repair work is complete. Flaggers will be onsite to direct traffic during construction.

We appreciate your cooperation during this time. Please contact Public Works Operations at (817) 748-8082 with any questions.

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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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