Southlake Town Square drivers may be stopped in traffic as construction crews begin to build a parking structure near Trader Joe’s.
Large trucks carrying pieces of a parking garage will make their way in and out of the construction zone in Town Square at the corner of Southlake Boulevard and Central Street, starting Monday.
Southlake police officers will help manage traffic daily during the construction, which will not continue on weekends, until May 16.
The parking garage pieces were created off-site and will be pieced together on location.
Lt. Ken West said after conducting a dry run with a truck not carrying cargo, officers are expecting to halt traffic at the Central Avenue and Main Street intersection for about 5 minutes to allow trucks in and out.
“The drivers are very experienced and very good,” West said. “The intersection that we blocked is actually in Town Square and we had that blocked less than five minutes.”
Parking structure pieces will be placed north of Cafe Express along Central Avenue. Truck drivers will back into the construction site along Main Street.
West added that officers will be gauging the situation daily and may also direct traffic along Farm to Market Road 1709 to help the trucks get into Town Square.
Frank Bliss, president of Town Square developers Cooper & Stebbins, said crews will work on the installation from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but added that if weather permits they should be done with the moving trucks at about 4 p.m. daily.
Bliss said the two-level parking garage will have 73 spaces.
He said the garage will be ready for Trader Joe’s opening later this year.