North White Chapel Boulevard bridge in Southlake to remain closed until further notice; sustained severe damage from storm

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The bridge at North White Chapel Boulevard and Kirkwood Branch in Southlake is still closed after it sustained severe damage from heavy rains the weekend of Sept. 21-23.

To make repairs and reopen the structure would cost $200,000-$400,000, and the project could last two to four months, Public Works Director Robert Cohen said. Staff has not determined an accurate cost to replace the bridge altogether; however, a rough estimate projects it could total $10 million.

City Manager Shana Yelverton said as work crews make repairs, city staff will work with structural engineers to design a long-term solution and present City Council with a plan and funding options at a later date.

It may be more cost-effective to replace and improve the bridge rather than fix it for the short term; however, it is crucial to reopen the road, Mayor Laura Hill said.

“People keep building houses and building houses north of this, and they wonder why this happens. This was never built to handle the kind of traffic that goes out that way,” Hill said. “Now it’s on us to try to hurry up and fix it.”

Residents can find mobility news and updates at www.cityofsouthlake.com/2685/connect-southlake.

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Renee Yan
Renee Yan graduated May 2017 from the University of Texas in Arlington with a degree in journalism, joining Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July.
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