Watauga Construction Projects

Overview

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. 

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Whites Branch Creek Trail

Whites Branch Creek Trail shall start construction in January 2023.  The reconstruction of the existing trail shall be done in partnership with the City of Fort Worth.  The new trail will extend across Whites Branch Creek by way of a low water crossing.  At a future date, Fort Worth shall connect Acadia Trail to our trail.

Construction is expected to be complete by July 2023.  During this time, Watauga shall close public access to Whites Branch Park and Whites Branch Trail between Yampa Trail and the south end of the existing trail approximately 300 feet south of Cedar View Court throughout the project.

48th Year Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) - Emerson Drive Water Line

Burgess and Niple, Inc. is designing water improvements on Emerson Drive from Whitley Road to Maurie Drive.  The CDBG Block Grant from Tarrant County funds approximately $175,000 of the estimated $250,000 construction cost. 

Construction of this project will be bid and overseen by Tarrant County with the City of Watauga providing construction administration and inspections. 

 All residents directly affected shall be given a written notice of construction.  The road may be closed to thru traffic.  If you have any concerns or questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 817.514.5806.

Street Rehabilitation Projects - 2022 / 2023

The following street is being rehabilitated during the 2022 / 2023 maintenance program. This program is funded by Certificates of Obligation.  The collection of 1/4 sales tax for street maintenance ended in December 2020. 

  • Chapman Road - Denton Hwy to Whitley Road

Usually, we start the paving rehabilitation in August of each year, the City shall start milling the existing asphalt from the roadway in preparation for the paving repairs.  Then, Tarrant County Precinct 3 in partnership with the City of Watauga shall rehabilitate the street subgrade and place new asphalt pavement.

All residents directly affected shall be given updated notice of major construction.  If you have concerns or questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 817.514.5806. 

We appreciate Tarrant County Commissioner's Court, 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 Watauga a significant  portion of the construction cost. 

During the year, the Public Works Department will repair sidewalks, curb lines, valley gutters, and handicap ramps along these sections of roadway.

Green Ribbon Grant 3 - Denton Highway Beautification

The City applied for and received a Third (3) Green Ribbon Grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDot) in the amount of $400,000 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 $45,100.  In total the City of Watauga has received three grants totaling $1,193,161.  We shall continue to apply for grants to complete the entire western corridor of Denton Highway. 

The City held a public meeting in November of 2017 to obtain input from the Citizens of Watauga and the design was in conformance with the wishes of our residents for Phase 1 and would be continued for future phases.

The project shall provide landscaping improvements (small trees, rock, and other plantings).  The look is more western and low maintenance.  You can see the results of Phase 1 & 2 from N. Tarrant Parkway to the south on the west side of Denton Highway.  The City will continue to apply for Green Ribbon Grants until the entire corridor of Denton Highway (west side) is complete.

The location for phase 3 is to start at North Park Drive Intersection and work south to Starnes Road Intersection.

Construction should start in Winter of 2023 is expected to be complete by the summer of 2023.  TxDot is overseeing the bidding and construction.

Sidewalk Projects 2022 - 2023

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 these sidewalks in various locations throughout the city. The following are locations of sidewalks:

NumberStreet Name
7747Kelly Lynn Ln
5708Chesapeake St
6428Heather Dr
6352Ripple Springs Dr
5804Chadsford Court
7900Meadowbrook Dr
6801Bernadine St
5453Caribou Ridge Dr
6025Dustin Dr
5437Timber Ridge Dr
6648Betty Dr
7541Meadowbrook Dr
8232Lara Ln
7632Maple Hill Rd
5920Bowling Dr
5608Chesapeake St


Water & Wastewater CIP Groups 1-4

Burgess and Niple, Inc. is designing water and wastewater improvements at various locations throughout the city.  The design has been divided into four groups of projects.

Group 1 includes the following projects with construction expected in late summer 2022:

  1. Whispering Ln - Wooddale Dr to Stardust Dr
  2. Brookdale Dr - Hightower Dr to Ridgecrest Dr
  3. Summit Ridge Dr - Rufe Snow Dr to Avalon Dr
  4. Oak Lawn Dr - Mickey Dr to McCoy Dr
  5. Village Park Dr - Greendale Dr to Ridgetop Rd
  6. Watauga Road - Patsy Ln to Morris Blvd
  7. Sanitary sewer manhole rehabilitations and repairs at various locations throughout the city

Group 2 includes the following projects with construction expected January 2023:

  1. Echo Hill Dr - Hightower Dr to Chapman Rd
  2. Quail Run - Herschel Dr to Highcrest Dr

Group 3 includes the following projects with construction expected January 2023:

  1. Summertime Lane - Rufe Snow Dr to Carousel Dr
  2. Route 66 – Summertime Ln to Whispering Ln

Group 4 includes the following projects with construction expected late summer 2022:

  1. Derek Dr - Whitley Rd to Saramac Dr
  2. Melinda Dr - Jackie Terrace to Marigold Dr
  3. Macarthur Dr - Douglas Dr to Rebecca Ln
  4. Hillcrest Dr – Echo Hill Dr to Quail Run

The estimated construction cost for all four (4) groups of projects is $6,898,490. 

All residents directly affected shall be given a written notice of construction. The roads may be closed to thru traffic. If you have concerns or questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 817.514.5806.

Whitley Road 4 Reconstruction

The project is planned to be begin in February 2023 for the construction of Whitley Road 4 including new Paving, Drainage, Water, Solar Street Lighting, School Signal Crossings, Bike Lanes and Sidewalk Improvements. 

The Public Works Department applied and received a Grant from Tarrant County in the amount of $800,000. This project is funded by the City of Watauga and the Tarrant County Commissioner's Court through the Tarrant County 2006 Transportation Bond Program.  We appreciate the County Commissioner's Court in their efforts to provide the citizens of Precinct 3 quality roads at an affordable cost.  The partnership saves the Citizens of Watauga a significant portion of the construction cost. 

This project reconstructs Whitley Road from Concord Street to Hickoryhill Road.  Whitley Road 4 constructs a new 16" diameter water main and improves the storm drain system along the length of Whitley Road.  The Whitley Road 4 project is adjacent to City Hall and the Library. 

During construction, Whitley Road 4 shall be closed to through traffic and only open as needed for local residential traffic.

All residents directly affected shall be given a 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.

Whitley Road 5 Reconstruction

The design of the project was approved in April 2022.  Whitley Road 5 includes new Paving, Drainage, Water, Solar Street Lighting, School Signals Crossings, Bike Lanes, and Sidewalk Improvements.

The Public Works Department applied and received a Grant from Tarrant County in the amount of $3,197,695 or 50% of the actual cost, whichever is lower.  This project is funded by the City of Watauga and the Tarrant County Commissioner's Court through the Tarrant County 2021 Transportation Bond Program.  We appreciate the County Commissioner's Court in their efforts to provide the citizens of Precinct 3 quality roads at an affordable cost.  The partnership saves the Citizens of Watauga a significant portion of the construction cost.

This project reconstructs Whitley Road from Starnes Road to North Tarrant Parkway.

Whitley Road 5 shall be closed to through traffic and only open as needed for local residential traffic.

All residents directly affected shall be given a 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.

Hightower Rain Garden

This project is complete.

The Hightower Drive Rain Garden Project improves drainage along Hightower Drive with the addition of a bio-filtration system to filter out first flush contaminants.  The selected location on Hightower Drive is just south of Capp Smith Park, which is a large, multi-amenity park, and serves many surrounding neighborhoods.