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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Roundabout at N. White Chapel and Highland on Track to Open Before School Starts

The end of summer is upon us and that means back to the school year routine. It also means the morning commute is about to pick up again. For many that commute will remain unchanged, however, N. White Chapel drivers will have a new addition to their route. Despite a heavy rainy season, construction crews are still on track to open the new roundabout at N. White Chapel and Highland before the start of school. While the ultimate configuration will be dual lane, it will temporarily function as a single lane while the median work is completed.

The roundabout is just one part of the two phase N. White Chapel widening project. In the past weeks, crews have been working on the west leg of the roundabout. About half of the concrete work has been completed in anticipation for the asphalt work that is expected to start next week, weather permitting.

“The spring rain did unfortunately cause us to have to rearrange our schedule a bit, but our contractor was able to work around it to keep the project moving forward,” noted City Engineer and Deputy Director of Public Works Kyle Hogue. “We’re looking forward to having the roundabout open and traffic flowing on east and west Highland again.”

While the roundabout is a major component of the first phase of the widening project, crews have also been working on widening N. White Chapel between Highland and SH 114. In the last week, work has been started on the new median near the SH 114 intersection.

Once completed, the final stages of the project will include striping of the new traffic lanes, new sidewalks, landscaping and the installation of public art in the roundabout. Construction on this phase of the project is expected to finish up this fall with utility work on the second phase of project starting as well. Phase 2 is the widening of N. White Chapel from Emerald to Highland.

New lane configuration is on the horizon for the intersection of N. White Chapel and SH 114. Crews also plan to have one lane northbound and one lane southbound open for the intersection prior to school starting as well. Again the interior lanes will remain closed until all median work is complete. As always, drivers are reminded to use extra caution when driving through the construction zone, travel at or below the posted speed limit and keep an eye out for construction workers in 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 and sign up for the Mobility Newsletter.

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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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Roundabout taking shape at N. White Chapel and Highland: Closure of W. Highland Coming Early June

Mother Nature may have tried to interfere with progress on the N. White Chapel widening project recently, but crews are still on track for completing the new dual-lane round about this summer, weather permitting of course.

The next major milestone for the widening project from Highland to SH 114 is the closure of W. Highland at N. White Chapel to complete the west side of the roundabout. This is scheduled to happen in early June after the end of the school year.

Weather permitting; the closure will include approximately 500 feet of W. Highland leading up to N. White Chapel. Vehicles will not be able to turn west onto Highland from N. White Chapel or cross the intersection as they drive west. North and southbound traffic will be maintained on N. White Chapel during the closure. The work is expected to be completed before the start of the school year.

Remember, when the east side of the intersection opens, traffic from E. Highland will only be reopened to northbound traffic on N. White Chapel only.

“This is going to remain a very active construction site throughout the summer,” notes City Engineer and Deputy Director of Public Works Kyle Hogue. “If you can’t avoid the area, I’d like to remind everyone to take extra caution when driving through. Take your time and pay attention to the posted speed limit. Our goal is to get everyone where they need to be as safe as we can.”

Crews continue to make significant progress on the paving of new north and southbound lanes. The contractor hopes to have the new traffic lanes completed in a few weeks in preparation for future traffic switches.

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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City Council Approves Contract for Next Phase of N. White Chapel

City Council approved the construction contract with Tiseo Paving for the widening of N. White Chapel Blvd from Emerald to just south of Highland at the May 7 City Council meeting.

In order to improve mobility in Southlake, the entire project entails expanding the road from a two to a four-lane divided roadway with a dual-lane roundabout at the intersection at Highland Street, currently under construction.

Council approved an engineering services agreement with Freese and Nichols earlier this year for construction management services for Phase 2 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 permanent traffic signal at Ascot Drive.

Tiseo will be the general contractor for the construction of Phase 2.

Crews have installed new water lines, sanitary sewer lines and storm drains. Paving operations in Phase 1 are on-going though much of the new north and southbound lanes have been completed.

As the project continues, there will be additional road closures and lane switches along the way before all work is complete.  The next major closure will be West Highland coming up this summer. Although getting through Highland will be more difficult during the closures, mobility will be maintained along N. White Chapel.

Phase 1 is scheduled for completion by the end of the summer as Phase 2 really gets rolling.

For updates and more Mobility News, follow the Southlake Mobility Facebook page and you can visit our website www.ConnectSouthlake.com

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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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Partial Intersection Closure Coming for N. White Chapel and Highland April 22

There’s been a lot of activity in the area of N. White Chapel and Highland, and it’s about to get even more active. In order for the new roundabout to really start taking shape, crews will be closing the east leg of the Highland Street and N. White Chapel intersection.

Weather permitting; the closure will start after the morning rush on Monday, April 22 and will include approximately 500 feet of E. Highland leading up to N. White Chapel. Much like the closure there in February, vehicles will not be able to turn east onto Highland from N. White Chapel or cross the intersection as they drive west. Vehicles coming from the west (from Peytonville or Shady Oaks) will be diverted north or south on N. White Chapel. Vehicles will still be able to turn west onto Highland from N. White Chapel or continue north and south on N. White Chapel.

This closure is expected to last about a month and a half. Once completed, this leg will then be reopened to northbound traffic only. One significant difference with this closure is that access to New Day Church will be impacted. A new entrance for the church is being constructed on N. White Chapel.

“We’d like to encourage drivers to seek alternate routes and try and avoid the intersection while the work is being completed,” notes City Engineer and Deputy Director of Public Works Kyle Hogue. “We are expecting significant delays during the morning and afternoon rush periods, so finding an alternate route might add distance to your trip, but could end up saving you time in the end. Safety is our number one priority, and the extra congestion in construction zones always calls for you to be more aware of your surroundings. If you do have to drive through the intersection, take your time and follow the posted speed limit. We want everyone to get to where they need to be, that includes our crews making it home at the end of the day.”

As with the February closure, City staff will work with contractors to monitor traffic through this intersection during construction. Feedback from residents and motorists can be helpful in making traffic adjustments. If there are problems or concerns we’d like to hear from you. There are several ways to reach out to us. The Southlake Mobility Facebook page is a great and easy-to-access resource, or you can contact us through the Connect Southlake website.

In anticipation of this closure, crews have been busy working on the new roadway surrounding the intersection. They have been making great progress on the southbound lanes with subgrade preparation (creating a level surface for the new roadway) and hope to start paving soon.

Interested in more progress updates? Visit www.ConnectSouthlake.com, sign up for the mobility e-newsletter and the Southlake Mobility Facebook page.

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