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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First Stages of Work to begin on N. White Chapel Widening Project

Motorists will start to see some noticeable changes on N. White Chapel, starting next week, with the official start of the widening construction project. The City of Southlake has issued a Notice to Proceed on the first part of the project between Highland to SH 114.

Construction crews will begin the tree removal stage of the widening project between Highland and SH 114. The project is expected to take approximately 18 months and be completed in the fall of 2019. While no major road closures are expected for this part of the project, motorist will see orange barrels and rolling temporary lane closures to accommodate the equipment. Message boards have been placed around the area to help notify motorists.

This is the first part of the overall N. White Chapel widening project that was approved in 2008 as part of the Southlake 2030 Master Mobility Plan to help improve safety and mobility. “We understand this project is going to be inconvenient, but I’m confident the end result will be worth it,” said Public Works Director Rob Cohen. “Maintaining mobility along N. White Chapel is very important and we will work to ensure that travel impact is kept to a minimum. North and south traffic flow will be maintained throughout the project. With that in mind, I’d also like to encourage drivers to slow down in the construction zone and keep an eye out for flagmen and construction workers.”

There are several ways to keep up-to-date with the project. Follow 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.

The public works department would like to thank residents in advance for their patience as the City works to widen N. White Chapel and improve safety and mobility for Southlake residents.

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Learn about proposed widening of I-35W north of Fort Worth

The Texas Department of Transportation will conduct a public meeting to solicit public comments on the proposed reconstruction and widening of I-35W from the Tarrant-Denton County line to I-35E.

The meeting will be from 6-8 p.m. April 19 at Argyle Middle School, 6601 Canyon Falls Drive in Argyle.

The proposed project would consist of reconstructing and widening I-35W from four lanes to six lanes. Continuous four-lane frontage roads with auxiliary lanes would be added from Dale Earnhardt Wat to the interchange with I-35E. Existing ramps would be reconfigured and/or relocated. Construction is expected to take place in phases, with frontage road improvements occurring first.

To learn more, contact Nelson Underwood.

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I-20 due for widening between Winscott, Bryant Irvin

Learn about a plan to widen the I-20 main lanes between Winscott Road and Bryant Irvin Road at an open house from 6-8 p.m. April 16 at Christ the Redeemer Church, 6116 Southwest Blvd.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and receive input on the proposed widening project to construct one auxiliary lane in each direction between Winscott Road and Bryant Irvin Road. The project is expected to relieve main lane congestion and enhance safety and mobility. The one-mile project is estimated to cost $22 million.

This project is not related to the proposed Clear Fork Emergency Access Bridge that the City of Benbrook is currently studying.

To learn more, contact TxDOT project manager Natnael Asfaw at 817-370-6603.

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N. White Chapel Widening Project to Begin in November

Southlake residents will experience some growing pains while North White Chapel Road undergoes construction to widen the lanes.

The widening project was approved in 2009 as part of the Southlake 2030 Master Mobility Plan to improve safety and mobility. Construction work on North White Chapel will be from Highland to SH 114 and is scheduled to begin in November of this year. The road work is expected to take approximately 18 months.

The City of Southlake wants residents to know the North White Chapel Road construction project will take some time as it is being done in two phases, but the City is working to ensure that the impact to travel is as minimal as possible. “The contractor is required to maintain traffic flow in north and south directions for the duration of the project,” said Public Works Director Rob Cohen. “Drivers are also encouraged to slow down in construction zones and watch for flagmen and construction workers,” Cohen added.

Work will be progressing in phases. A water line must be relocated before the roundabout construction starts.  The ideal time for this work to be accomplished is when the service demand for water is at its lowest peak – which is during the winter months.  The roundabout portion of the project will be completed during the summer of 2018. West Highland will be closed during this phase of the project.

The widening of North White Chapel from Emerald to Highland, should start in early 2018 and take about two years for completion. The final configuration of North White Chapel from Emerald to SH 114 will be a 4-lane roadway divided by a landscaped median.

The public works department would like to thank residents in advance for their patience as the City works to widen N. White Chapel and improve safety and mobility for Southlake residents.

 

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