U-turn to improve highway access in Southlake

Bids were to be let in July for a $2 million turnaround at Hwy. 114 and North Carroll Avenue that will provide easier access to Southlake businesses along the highway.

The turnaround also is expected to reduce the traffic congestion that takes place when Gateway Church off Hwy. 114 has services and events.

The work is being paid for through a partnership between the state, the city of Southlake, Tarrant County, Southlake Town Square developer Cooper & Stebbins and Gateway Church.

TxDOT is footing $900,000 of the bill; Southlake is contributing $350,000, including $100,000 worth of aesthetic improvements; the county, Gateway and Cooper & Stebbins are contributing $250,000 each.

City Public Works Director Bob Price told the City Council at a June retreat that the funding for the turnaround was approved.

Construction is expected to be completed in 2014.