Public meeting to discuss FM 1187 widening, reconstruction

The Texas Department of Transportation is holding a public meeting to discuss the proposed reconstruction and widening of approximately three miles of FM 1187 from Chisholm Trail Parkway to McCart Avenue. The purpose of the meeting is to present the proposed project and receive public comments.

The meeting will be from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 5 at Bill R. Johnson CTE Center, 1033 McCart Ave. in Crowley.

The public meeting will be an open house format with no formal presentation. Written comments must be submitted by Sept. 20 to be part of the official record.

The proposed improvements would reconstruct and widen FM 1187 from an existing two-lane roadway with center turn lane to a four-lane roadway with a curbed center median. The project would improve safety, capacity and connectivity while also allowing for future additional widening and construction of grade-separated interchanges at FM 1902 and Hulen Street. Additional right of way will be required to accommodate the project.

To learn more, contact the TxDOT Fort Worth District Office at 817-370-6500.

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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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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.”

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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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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The White Chapel Widening Project – What You Need To Know

Construction on N. White Chapel Boulevard between SH 114 and Emerald Boulevard has been a major topic lately. Road closures, lane switches and major construction have all had some type of effect on our commute to school, work or just day to day activities. In order to understand what is going on, let’s take a dive into the “Why”.

The Tarrant County region is rapidly growing and as more motorists utilize our roadways, an increase in traffic is expected.

In order to plan for the future growth of the region, the City and associated traffic, the City developed the Mobility Master Plan, which is a component of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. This plan has developed recommendations for roadways, sidewalks and bicycle facilities with the intent of meeting the City’s mobility related goals and objectives.

The widening of N. White Chapel Boulevard and SH 114 and Emerald Boulevard has been a recommended project in the City’s mobility plan for a number of years.

N. White Chapel Boulevard between SH 114 and Emerald Boulevard is a main road that travels through Southlake. Being that N. White Chapel is a highly accessible roadway, it is important that mobility and transportation needs are met. In order to accommodate our residents, pedestrians and the traffic, the City devised a plan to expand N. White Chapel Boulevard.

Regarding the Comprehensive plan, once projects are included as a recommendation, those items can be included in the City’s Capital Improvement Program, often referred to as the CIP. The CIP plan is a five-year plan that includes but not limited to the purchase of construction or replacement of the City’s physical assets, roads and highways being one of them. So how does this all work together? The overall goals and objectives of the Mobility Master Plan and the CIP both help implement the goals and objectives of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. With approved recommendations and funds allocated toward the project, the expansion of N. White Chapel Boulevard has been well underway.

The project involves expanding the two-lane road to a four-lane road divided roadway with a dual-lane roundabout at the intersection at Highland Street.

The project will be completed in two phases, one which is the construction of the roundabout at Highland and the widening of N. White Chapel from SH 114 to Highland and two, the widening from Emerald to Highland. “By increasing the roadway capacity, this will help improve traffic operations and provide safety for residents and visitors,” said Senior Director of Planning and Development Services Ken Baker.

The City will also incorporate aesthetics such as trees, shrubbery, street lighting, trails and other amenities that adhere to Southlake’s street design standards.  The project will also include utility and drainage improvement.

The widening is an estimated $10.825 million capital investment in the City’s transportation system.

To date, crews have installed water lines, new sanitary sewer lines, new storm drains, paved portions of the roundabout and paved portions of north and southbound lanes. Council recently approved an Engineering Services Agreement for Phase II 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 traffic signal at Ascot Drive.  This will surely improve mobility in Southlake.

Major construction began in 2018 and is estimated to be completed by 2021.

For updates, follow Southlake Mobility on Facebook and visit www.ConnectSouthlake.com

 

 

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Council Approves Engineering Services Agreement for Phase II for N. White Chapel Widening Project

City Council has approved an Engineering Services Agreement with Freese and Nichols to provide third-party construction management services for the second phase of the widening of N. White Chapel Boulevard which includes expanding the road from Emerald Boulevard to Highland Street.

The widening project is a part of the City’s Mobility Master Plan and will expand the current two-lane road to a four-lane road.

“Improving mobility in Southlake is one of our top priorities,” stated Public Works  Director Rob Cohen, “With that in mind, this project is going to help improve the connectivity between FM 1709 and SH 114.     The expanded roadway is also going to help improve school traffic in front of the high school.”

The plan will also include landscaped medians, a replacement screening wall on the East side of N. White Chapel Boulevard and sidewalks will be added to accommodate pedestrian traffic for the school. The temporary traffic signal at Ascot Drive will also become a permanent installation.

To add, the franchise utility companies are currently relocating both the gas and communication lines in the construction zone.

This project is scheduled to start in the Spring of 2019. For updates, follow Southlake Mobility on Facebook and visit www.ConnectSouthlake.com

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2019 Brings More Progress on N. White Chapel Widening Project

With the New Year comes the excitement for new things to come. In Southlake, 2019 will bring a new and improved N. White Chapel Boulevard.

Crews have been steadily making progress on the widening of N. White Chapel between Highland Street and SH 114. Part of a larger N. White Chapel improvement project, when completed there will be a new dual-lane roundabout at Highland and N. White Chapel. Gone will be the two-lane road motorists are used to, and in its place will be landscaped divided four-lane road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second part of this Capital Improvement Project will be the widening of N. White Chapel from Emerald Boulevard to Highland. When completed, N. White Chapel will be a four-lane road from FM 1709 to SH 114.

Since spring 2018 crews have:

  • Installed a new 12-inch water line
  • Installed new sanitary sewer lines
  • Installed new storm drains
  • Paved portions of the roundabout, and
  • Paved portions of north and southbound lanes

“We are pleased with the progress of this project. It will be a much-needed improvement,” noted Public Works Director Rob Cohen. “It was a wet fall, but despite the rain, we still made significant progress and are still on track for a fall 2019 completion of this phase of the overall improvement. The additional lanes and new roundabout will make a positive difference for motorists on this section of N. White Chapel.”

As the project continues to move forward, motorists can expect lane switches and lane closures, however, two-way traffic will be maintained throughout the project. As always, motorists are reminded to use caution and be aware of their surroundings as they drive through the construction zone.

For updates follow Southlake Mobility on Facebook and visit www.ConnectSouthlake.com.

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Lane switches on N. White Chapel widening project starting January 2, 2019

Despite Mother Nature’s attempts to slow down construction projects across the region with heavy rainfalls in the past months, the N. White Chapel widening project continues to remain on schedule. As the project moves forward, construction crews will be doing more work on existing roadways and are planning for some lane switches starting Wednesday, January 2, weather permitting.

Map indicating lane switch at SH 114 beginning January 2, weather permitting.


A major lane switch, starting towards the end of the week, will be at the north end, where N. White Chapel meets SH 114. Starting at SH 114, all traffic will be switched to the new northbound lanes for approximately 900 feet before crossing over the existing lanes to the new southbound lanes. All traffic will travel on the southbound lanes until re-entering the existing roadway approximately 400 feet south of Highland Avenue. This lane switch is only expected to last a couple of days.

Temporary lane switch in preparation for full lane switch.


There will be some temporary moving lane switches earlier in the week as crews prepare for the long term switch.

Motorists also need to be aware of some changes in roadway elevation during the lane switches. Temporary pavement will be added to bridge the new lanes to the existing lanes. “Driving over the temporary pavement will feel like a speed bump, so I’d like to encourage motorists to take it easy as they cross over those sections,” notes Deputy City Engineer Steven Anderson.

Signage will be in place to help motorists navigate the lane switches. Visit ConnectSouthlake.com and follow Southlake Mobility on Facebook to stay up-to-date with Southlake road projects. Have questions about this project? Give Southlake Public Works a call at 817-748-8098.

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What’s the latest with the N. White Chapel Widening Project?

One of the easiest ways to delay a construction project is rain. While the region has seen a lot of rain lately, the N. White Chapel widening project has not been one of Mother Nature’s victims.

There has been minimal activity on site due to the heavy rainfall, but the project remains on schedule.

“Even though we have had a significant amount of rain lately, we’re in good shape,” said Deputy City Engineer Steven Anderson. “The utility work is almost complete with about 95 percent of the work done. Once the weather lets up, we should be able to start rolling on paving.”

The 12-inch water line and sanitary sewer installation are complete, and the storm drain installation is about 50 percent complete.

Paving on the northbound lanes is expected to begin soon. Once the prep on the roadway base is complete, actual paving will begin. Motorists will notice an increase in concrete trucks entering and leaving the site.

Once again, drivers are reminded to use caution when traveling through the work zone.

Stay up-to-date with this project by following the new Southlake Mobility page on Facebook, sign up for the mobility email list, look for stories on My Southlake News and check out the project webpage on the City website.

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N. White Chapel Widening Project Staying on Schedule

Contractors working on the N. White Chapel widening project, between Highland Ave. and SH 114, are continuing to work on schedule.

“So far Mother Nature has cooperated with us, and the work is moving along smoothly and on or a little ahead of schedule,” said Deputy City Engineer Steven Anderson. “If the weather doesn’t interfere too much we’ll be able to make some great progress this summer.”

The current traffic pattern, with the temporary lane shift, will remain in place while the contractor continues to install utility infrastructure. The 12-inch water line and sanitary sewer installation are about 90% complete. Up next is the storm drain installation, set to begin in the next couple of weeks.

Drivers are reminded to use caution when traveling through the work zone.

Stay up-to-date with this project by following the new Southlake Mobility page on Facebook, sign up for the mobility email list, look for stories on My Southlake News and check out the project webpage on the City website.

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