Bridges to be built at Henderson St., North Main St. and White Settlement Rd.
FORT WORTH —The Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) Transportation Commission awarded the contract today to build the three signature bridges of the Trinity River Vision project in Fort Worth. The three signature bridges positioned along the future realigned Trinity River are a collaborative effort between the Trinity River Vision Authority (TRVA), TxDOT, City of Fort Worth, North Central Texas Council of Governments, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Tarrant County. The project was awarded to Texas Sterling Construction for $65.5 million.
This project will include the construction of three unique V-Pier bridges at Henderson Street, North Main Street and White Settlement Road. The bridges will have 10 foot pedestrian-lit sidewalks, bicycle facilities and enhanced landscaping. The new bridges will also serve as the gateways to Panther Island, a unique, urban waterfront community.
The City of Fort Worth designed project includes the use of modern roundabout intersections on Henderson St. and White Settlement Road. The roundabouts will include sculptures as their centerpieces.
“Vision is a vital part of ensuring positive and responsible growth, and the Trinity River Vision project embraces that ideal in more than just name. With the support of valuable partnerships, like those with TxDOT and Freese and Nichols, which have helped make these beautiful signature bridges possible, the ‘Vision’ of Fort Worth’s future continues to look bright,” said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.
TxDOT, TRVA and the City of Fort Worth have worked closely to identify methods that would minimize the impact to traffic. Later this summer, traffic will be re-routed either on newly constructed detour roads or by utilizing existing streets. On Henderson Street and North Main Street a detour will be in place directly next to the existing roadway to ensure little to no traffic interruption.
“This project would not have been possible without the help of our bridge team,” said Trinity River Vision Authority Executive Director J.D. Granger. “Freese and Nichols Inc., City of Fort Worth and TxDOT successfully created signature bridges for Panther Island while remaining under budget saving taxpayers money,” he said.
Construction will begin in late summer 2014. Expected completion of the project is estimated for 2018.
For additional project information and to sign up for updates on TRV bridge construction, visit: www.trinityrivervision.org.
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