A portion of North White Chapel Boulevard will now have a speed limit of 35 mph.

Southlake City Council approved the new speed limit in a 7-0 vote at its Aug. 16 meeting. The changed speed limit will be on North White Chapel Boulevard between Southlake Boulevard and State Hwy. 114. The previous speed limit was 40 mph.

The new speed limit will go into effect Wednesday, Aug. 17, Director of Public Works Robert Cohen said. Message boards on the road will announce the new speed limit.

The need for a speed change comes from the completion of the North White Chapel Road widening project in August, according to city documents. The change from a two-lane rural road to a four-lane divided roadway has restricted right-of-way width, Cohen said. He said the road also has sight distance constraints at several side streets because of the road widening.

Cohen said the recommendation for a new speed limit came from the engineer of record for the project and a third-party consultant.

During the council meeting, Southlake Police Chief James Brandon said the new speed limit will not be enforced by police for a week to allow drivers to adjust to the change.