Construction Projects

As part of its plan for continuous improvement, the City of Watauga Public Works Department will periodically undertake a water, sewer, street or traffic construction project. These projects focus on the city's infrastructure in the most need of repair.  Street or traffic projects may be implemented to provide for safe and effective driving conditions for all Watauga residents and visitors. Information on the most current construction projects will be added once the planning and bidding processes for the project are complete. 

Retaining Walls - Capp Smith Lake – Capp Smith Park

Construction to replace the deteriorating retaining walls surrounding Capp Smith Lake shall start on November 4, 2019.  We anticipate construction to be complete in February 2020.

Knight Erosion Control, Inc. out of Arlington, Texas is the general contractor on this project.  

The existing Capp Smith Lake water surface elevation shall be lowered a little more than 3 feet from its normal pool elevation to allow for the replacement of the existing retaining walls.  We should have about 9 feet of pool elevation left for the existing ducks, fish, and other wildlife to utilize during construction.  However, the lake will not look as aesthetically pleasing or smell the same once the normal pool elevation is lowered.

We installed two aerators in the lake.  The main purpose of aeration is to increase and stabilize the amount of dissolved oxygen in the entire water column and this has a widespread effect on many different aspects of pond and lake health.

This work is necessary as the existing retaining walls are starting to fail and would eventually become a safety hazard for visitors of our park.  We plan to keep the park open during construction.  Please exercise caution while utilizing this park.  Please do not cross into any active construction zones.

It is anticipated that Sarah Court may be closed throughout the construction process.  There are no houses that front Sarah Court and no residential driveways connected to Sarah Court.

If you experience any issues with this project, please contact our Construction Inspector, Wayne Jarvis, at 817-682-715-8040 cell or 817-514-5753 office.

The residents on Bennington Dr, Glen Drive, Amber Drive, and Oakhill Road (west of Whitley Road) shall receive a written notice prior to the start of construction.

Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Study 2019

Beginning July 23, 2019, Burgess and Niple Engineering shall start smoke testing the wastewater mains from Watauga Road to N. Tarrant Parkway between Denton Highway and Echo Hill Drive.  All affected residents received a notice prior to the start of smoke testing.

This study involves the opening and inspecting of manholes and sewer lines in the streets and easements. An important task of the survey will be the smoke testing of the sewer lines to locate breaks and defects in the sewer system.

The smoke that you see coming from the vent stacks on houses or holes in the ground is harmless, has little odor, and creates no fire hazard. The smoke should not enter your home unless you have defective plumbing or dried up drain traps. If this occurs, you should consult your licensed plumber.

If the harmless smoke enters through faulty plumbing, the potential exists for dangerous sewer gases to enter your home or business. Should smoke enter your home or business, contact a representative of Burgess and Niple (B&N) at (817) 306-1444. A crew member can check the sewer lines around your home or business to possibly determine the source of the smoke.

To prevent smoke from entering your home or business: Make sure that all drain traps (also called “U Joints” or “P Traps”) in your home are filled with water by pouring water in the drain. A filled drain trap will keep smoke out of your home or business.

The City of Watauga will be working with crews from B&N to conduct the sewer inspections. Crews may need to access sewer manholes in utility easements on your property. Whenever these lines require investigation, members of the inspection crews will need access to the easements of the sewer lines and manholes.

B&N personnel are uniformed and carry identification badges. Homeowners do not need to be home and at no time will field crews have to enter your home or business.
Photographs will be taken of leaks occurring in the system. We anticipate the smoke testing will require a few hours in your area. Your cooperation will be appreciated. The information gained from this testing is being used to improve the quality of your wastewater collection system.

 If you need special assistance or would like more information, please contact:

 Billy Wendland, P.E.
Burgess and Niple
(817) 306-1444 Ext 6105
Helen @ City of Watauga
(817) 514-5843

Street Rehabilitation

    Projects 2018/2019

The following street is being rehabilitated during the 2018/2019 maintenance program. This program is funded by the ¼ cent sales tax for street maintenance.

  • North Park Dr from Whitley Rd to Indian Springs Dr

Update August 6, 2019 – Our cement supplier had a shutdown earlier this week and this will affect our project.  Therefore, since we have not started, we shall push the project by one week in an effort to ensure our supplier is back in full operation.  The new dates are listed below.

August 14-16, 2019, the City shall start milling the existing asphalt from the roadway in preparation for the paving repairs.  Beginning August 19, Tarrant County Precinct 3 in partnership with the City of Watauga shall rehabilitate the street subgrade and place new asphalt pavement.  Tarrant County plans to complete this street rehabilitation project by September 3, but weather delays could push it a little longer.

All residents directly affected shall be given updated written notice of construction.  The road will be closed to thru traffic.  If you have concerns or questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 817-514-5806.

We appreciate Commissioner Gary Fickes and his team from Precinct 3 in their efforts to provide the citizens of Precinct 3 quality roads at an affordable cost.  The partnership saves the Citizens of Watuaga a significant  portion of the construction cost.

Earlier this year, the Public Works Department repaired sidewalks, curb lines, valley gutters, and handicap ramps along this section of North Park Drive.

Green Ribbon Grant - Denton Highway Beautification

The City applied for and received a Green Ribbon Grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDot) in the amount of $393,161.80 for landscaping improvements along Denton Highway.  This type of grant can only be used for landscaping improvements.  The City had to fund the application and design fee in the amount of $72,000.

The City held a public meeting to obtain input from the Citizens of Watauga and the design was in conformance with the wishes of our residents.

The week of February 18th, the construction project broke ground near the intersection of North Tarrant Parkway and Denton Highway.  The project shall provide landscaping improvements (small trees, rock, and other plantings).  The look is more western and low maintenance.

The locations are at the major intersections of Denton HIghway with the exception of Hightower Drive.  This was left out because the Basswood Intersection is going to be reconstruction in the future by Fort Worth and we did not desire to loose our investment.  We are working with Fort Worth to try and have them incorporate the changes with Basswood.

We expect the project to be complete by summer 2019.

Sidewalk Projects 2018-19

The Storm Drain Division of the Public Works Department implements the replacement and construction of sidewalks.

They have replaced or will before the end of September 1,773 Linear Feet of sidewalk in various locations throughout the city. The following are locations of sidewalk replacements in budget year 2018-19:

  1. North Park Dr from Whitley Rd to Indian Springs Rd - 704 lf (linear feet)
  2. 6612 Willowview – 59 lf – List from here down started in June, ongoing
  3. 8224 Lauren Way – 20 lf
  4. 6480 Loma Vista – 32 lf
  5. 6437, 6468, 6464 Green Ridge – 59 lf
  6. 6457 Highview Terr. – 57 lf
  7. 6508 Alta Vista – 18 lf
  8. 7824 Mallard – 26 lf
  9. 5932 Hillview – 20 lf
  10. 7944 Hunters Glen – 36 lf
  11. 6104, 6100 Justin Ct – 39 lf
  12. 5925 Oakhill – 44 lf
  13. 6049, 6053 Robin – 31 lf
  14. 6200, 6200 Cascade Cir – 51 lf
  15. 6408 Heather – 52 lf
  16. 7509, 7513, 7613 Clover – 132 lf
  17. 7621 Evergreen – 21 lf
  18. 6804 Richardson – 12 lf
  19. 6929, 6933 Brookdale – 78 lf
  20. 6021 Highcrest – 37 lf
  21. 6801 Bennington – 73 lf
  22. 7005 Constitution – 28 lf
  23. 6400, 6401 Tammie Ct – 42 lf
  24. 6325, 6329 Saramac – 98 lf
  25. 6004 Lindy – 4 lf

Starnes Road 16" Water Main:

Update October 22, 2019:  The contractor is working on the final items and a walk thru to generate a punch list will be done for final revisions.

The Starnes Road 16” Water Main replacement project from Indian Springs Road to Rufe Snow Drive is planned to start construction on January 7, 2019.  The work will install a new 16 inch diameter water main within the north half of the street.  The existing 16 inch diameter water main shall be abandon in place.

Raytech Services, LLC out of Grand Prairie, Texas is the general contractor for the City on this project.

We do not anticipate any road closures at this time, however, please refrain from parking on the north side of Starnes Road during the hours of 7:00 am and 5:00 pm when construction is near your residence.

If you experience any issues with this project, please contact our Construction Inspector, Wayne Jarvis, at 817-682-715-8040 cell or 817-514-5753 office.

All residents affected by this project were notified by letter and shall receive a visit from our construction inspector on Monday, January 7, 2019 with a business card including his contact information.

Whitley Road 2 Reconstruction

Whitley Road from Watauga Road to Chapman Road shall begin construction in mid-August with an estimated completion in December 2020.

The project includes complete reconstruction of the street, storm water drainage system, 16” water main, and related wastewater infrastructure. The new street shall be concrete with sidewalks along the sides of the street. Burgess Niple is the Engineering Design firm and Quality Excavation is the construction contractor.

Construction shall commence the week of August 12, 2019 which consist of mobilizing and setting up survey control for the project. The week of August 19, traffic control devices shall be set and work shall start on the water mains. The work shall start at Watauga Road and proceed north.

All residents directly affected shall be given a written notice of construction. The road will be closed to thru traffic at times. If you have concerns or questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 817-514-5806.

A Public Input Meeting was held on January 23, 2018 at 7105 Whitley Road, Watauga, Texas in the City Hall Council Chambers.  The Citizen involvement was excellent and our engineering team is reviewing the comments to incorporate some into the project.

Chapman Road/Cheatham Dr.