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 March 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 2019/2020

The following street is being rehabilitated during the 2019/2020 maintenance program. This program is funded by the ¼ cent sales tax for street maintenance.

  • Whitley Road from New Bursey Road Rd to N. Tarrant Parkway
  • Dunson Drive and Court from Saramac Drive to Rosalyn Drive

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 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.

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 2 - Denton Highway Beautification

The City applied for and received a second 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 $37,900.

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 project shall provide landscaping improvements (small trees, rock, and other plantings).  The look is more western and low maintenance.

The location for phase 2 is to start at the northern end of Denton Highway and fill in the gaps between the intersections that were completed in phase 1.  We except phase 2 to extend from N. Tarrant Parkway to North Park Drive.

Sidewalk Projects 2019-20

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 1,304 Linear Feet of sidewalk in various locations throughout the city. The following are locations of sidewalk replacements in budget year 2019-2020:

1. 6301 Hunters Glen 65 lf
2. 6305 Hunters Glen 44 lf
3. 6309 Hunters Glen 40 lf
4. 6337 Hunters Glen 23 lf
5. 6341 Hunters Glen 41 lf
6. 6349 Hunters Glen   8 lf
7. 6353 Hunters Glen 41 lf
8. 6357 Hunters Glen 41 lf
9. 6361 Hunters Glen 20 lf
10. 6365 Hunters Glen 12 lf
11. 6369 Hunters Glen 26 lf
12. 7753 Crossbow 84 lf
13. 8225 Meadowbrook 34 lf
14. 8229 Meadowbrook 42 lf
15. 6637 Highlawn Ter. 39 lf
16. 6633 Highlawn Ter.   8 lf
17. 6629 Highlawn Ter. 37 lf
18. 6408 Highlawn Ter. 42 lf
19. 6641 Willow View 69 lf 
20. 6624 Willow View 44 lf
21. 6620 Willow View 51 lf
22. 6612 Redbud 180 lf
23. 6612 Redbud W.C.R.
24. 8021 Lazybrook 51 lf
25. 8012 Katy Ln. 43 lf
26. 8016 Katy Ln. 40 lf
27. 6536 Alta Vista 34 lf
28. 7000 Autumn ln. 31 lf
29. 7000 Autumn ln. W.C.R.
30. 6001 Old Mill Ct. 114 lf
31. 6001 Old Mill Ct. W.C.R.

W.C.R. - Wheel Chair Ramp - ADA Ramp

Meadowlark Paving, Water, and Wastewater:

Coming April 2020 - Limits Meadowlark Lane from Heather Drive to Pebblebrook Drive.

Construction contract may be approved at the March 9, 2020 City Council Meeting.

All residents affected by this project will be notified by letter and shall receive a visit from our construction inspector 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 2019 with an estimated completion in December 2020.

Update - February - 2020:
Whitley Road was closed to at the creek crossing south of Whispering Lane so the contractor could work to construct the entire paving section from Watauga Road to the creek crossing.  This new paving in the area listed above should be complete in March 2020.

Update - February -2020: 
Whitley Rd between Old Whitley Rd and the Channel Bridge will be a two way with the south bound traffic on the temporary surface and the north bound traffic on the new concrete paving.

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.