City News Briefs

November 12, 2015

Lane Closures at Preston Road and Northwest Highway 

In late October, TxDOT began a project to mill and repair 2.4 miles of Preston Road from Northwest Highway north to Elderwood. The north-bound lanes will be repaired first and then work will begin on southbound lanes.

All of the scheduled work will take place on Preston Road north of University Park, but traffic control measures require that lanes south of Northwest Highway within University Park will be affected at times. The project is anticipated to complete in February 2016. 

For more information, Click Here for the TxDOT Project Fact Sheet.

Preston Rd. Median Landscape Improvements 

For the past several years, UP staff, architects and City committees have been working on a landscape design for the Preston Road Parkway between McFarlin and Windsor. The existing landscape planting was installed in the early 1980’s and needs refurbishment.  Similar improvements have been made at the Hillcrest / Northwest Highway intersection and at University Blvd. and the Central Expressway Service Rd.  All these projects are the result of an initiative from the City Council to enhance various City entryways and foster a greater sense of community.    
The Preston Parkway Median Landscape project will include: 

  • Removal of the majority of existing plant material
  • Installation of new plant material, soil and edging  
  • Installation of an enhanced irrigation system and smart controller
  • Repairs and painting the wall that was built in 1903
  • Replacement of sidewalks
  • Installation of decorative lighting
Project work is now underway.  Completion is planned for March, 2016. For more information, contact Gerry Bradley, Parks and Recreation Director at 214-987-5486.

Questions and Answers on City watering restrictions

Q:  Are watering restrictions in University Park still in place?
A:  Yes.  Watering by automatic sprinkler systems is limited to twice a week, year-round.  Residents with addresses ending in
       an even number can use automatic sprinklers on Sundays and Thursdays.  Addresses ending in an odd number can use
       automatic sprinklers on Saturdays and Wednesdays.
Q:  When can UP residents begin using their automatic watering systems in the daytime? 
A:  Residents can use their automatic watering systems at any time of the day or night from October 31           
      to April 1.  Residents can water year-round, on any day of the week, with a hand-held hose, a drip       
      irrigation device or soaker hose.

For more information on the City’s twice-a-week watering ordinance and for watering tips, click here.


Find details on road construction and public works projects in University Park by going to the Construction Projects page.

update 11-13-2015 Oncor tree trimming near overhead lines

Contractors for Oncor will continue trimming trees near its power lines in various sections of University Park.  The work began in August, and will continue over the next 3 or 4 months.  The streets and alleys in blue show where trimming has not yet taken place.  Trimming has been completed in the blocks shown in green.  The City will update the map periodically as work progresses. 

Oncor is doing the work to ensure continued reliability and safety of electricity in the area. Residents near the work areas will be notified by door hangers.  

To learn more about Oncor's vegetation management program, CLICK HERE.

To report a power outage, CLICK HERE.