State awards contract for 3 Trinity River Vision bridges

05/29/2014 6:36 PM

05/29/2014 6:36 PM

A $65.5 million contract has been awarded by the Texas Department of Transportation for construction of three bridges for the Trinity River Vision project that is designed to link downtown Fort Worth to future development on the near north side.

The contract was awarded to Texas Sterling Construction in a joint project between the Trinity River Vision Authority, the city of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, the Army Corps of Engineers and the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

It will consist of three V-pier bridges on Henderson Street, North Main Street and White Settlement Road that will also include access for pedestrians and cyclists along with lighting and landscaping.

The bridges are the first phase of creating Panther Island, which will include digging a new 1.5-mile-long channel for the Trinity River, creating a 33-acre lake and an 800-acre island where waterfront development is planned.

But the bridges will be built before the channel is dug. Officials have said it is cheaper to build the bridges over dry land rather than waiting for the channel to be completed.

Trinity River Vision also needs Congress to fund roughly half of the $910 million to complete the entire economic development and flood control project.

The city of Fort Worth will also build modern roundabout intersections on Henderson Street and White Settlement Road.

“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,” Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price said in a statement. “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.”

Sometime this summer, officials say, traffic will be rerouted using detour roads or existing streets. On Henderson Street and North Main Street, a detour will be in place directly next to the existing roadway in an effort to disrupt traffic as little as possible.

Construction is expected to begin in September. All of the bridges are projected to be completed some time in 2018.

This report includes material from Star-Telegram archives.

Bill Hanna, 817-390-7698

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