North White Chapel Boulevard bridge repairs and 3 other transportation updates in Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake

Travis County Commissioners approved nearly $60,000 of modifications to the Slaughter Lane East roadway extension project on Dec. 18.

Travis County Commissioners approved nearly $60,000 of modifications to the Slaughter Lane East roadway extension project on Dec. 18.

Stay aware of these ongoing road projects in the area.

SH 121 shoulder widening

Following the awarding of funding to contractors Austin Bridge & Road, the project will start in January, weather permitting. The project will install widened inside shoulders for both north- and southbound SH 121 to act as additional lanes during peak-use periods. The lanes will continue to act as a shoulder during non-peak hours. The 3-mile project will widen overpass bridges at Harwood Road, Cummings Drive, Cheek-Sparger Road and FM 157. Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson Val Lopez III said the project is a temporary solution to relieve congestion until a full expansion can be done. These plans are still in the preliminary phase, so widening the shoulder is a way to provide congestion relief sooner, Lopez said.

Timeline: winter 2019-2020
Cost: $28 million
Funding source: TxDOT

North White Chapel Boulevard
bridge repairs

Southlake City Council approved an engineering agreement with Halff Associates Inc. to provide design and emergency repairs of the North White Chapel Boulevard culvert crossing at Kirkwood Branch Creek. The repairs will also include the replacement of the top of the culvert and the damaged pavement. The road experienced structural damage due to rainfall and flooding in late September and has remained closed since. The city plans to reopen the roadway by the end of 2018, weather permitting.

Timeline: fall 2018-winter 2018
Cost: $500,000
Funding source: city of Southlake

SH 121/I-635 interchange widening

In November crews relocated the southbound FM 2499 off-ramp to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to a left exit for an extended amount of time. Motorists are encouraged to pay attention as traffic switches continue across the project to allow for permanent work to begin. Crews will continue with road grading and utility work throughout the new traffic alignments. Bridge crews have also started column and cap work at the I-635/SH 121 interchange.

Timeline: August 2018-2022
Cost: $370 million
Funding source: TxDOT

SH 26 widening Phase 3

Construction on SH 26 continues with crews operating from near Centerpark Drive to John McCain roads. This work includes new northbound construction from John McCain progressing to the south and drainage installation on the east side of SH 26 from Tinker Road progressing to the south. Construction south of Centerpark Drive includes the placement of new southbound pavement south of the Little Bear Creek bridge as well as drainage installation north of the bridge.

Timeline: November 2016-fall 2019
Cost: $38.2 million
Funding source: TxDOT

By Miranda Jaimes

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.