FORT WORTH — The historic Tarrant County Courthouses south entrance, which overlooks Main Street, will temporarily close as the entryway is renovated.County officials say the south entrance, which is reached by walking up the courthouse steps, will be closed beginning on Monday.It going to take several months, said David Phillips, Tarrant County facilities director.The closure is needed, Phillips said, to replace tiles and bricks around the steps of the courthouse. Some of the ceramic tiles had proved to be too slippery for visitors during rainy weather, Phillips said. Work on the south side of the courthouse will take place as the restoration of the west entrance, which is scheduled to be completed in about a year, continues.Visitors will still be able to access the courts and offices in the building through doors on the east side of the historic courthouse. During the renovations, the American with Disabilities Act entrance will be also be on the east side.When the west entrance is completed, the ADA entrance will move permanently to the west side, where there will also be new ADA parking spaces along Houston Street.Last year, the old civil courts building, which was on the west side of the courthouse, was demolished.The demolition was designed to restore the courthouses west entrance along with bringing back the 1895 structures original footprint. Plans also call for adding landscaping.The old civil courts building was replaced by the nearby $53.5 million Family Law Center in July 2005. A new $74.2 million Civil Courts Building is under construction several blocks east of the courthouse and is scheduled to be occupied early next year.
Bill Hanna, 817-390-7698 Twitter: @fwhanna