Controversy over public transportation is never far away in Richland Hills. This time, a brouhaha has erupted over the Fort Worth Transportation Authority’s plan to discontinue providing roughly $210,000 a year for city streets.
It’s a classic example of urban sprawl creeping closer to areas once preserved for the dead, and the quiet reflection of their survivors. Across Dallas-Fort Worth, cemeteries — many of them small and family-owned — are surrounded by residential, retail and other commercial development.
Local leaders in Dallas-Fort Worth, where traffic congestion is a near-universal concern among many of the region’s roughly 7 million residents, want the world’s biggest rail operators to know that if they’re willing to build the super-fast trains in North Texas they will find a more-than-receptive audience.
Transit officials say they have enough money to begin construction of the planned TEX Rail commuter line from downtown Fort Worth to Dallas Fort Worth Airport in July, and they remain on course to complete the work by late 2018 despite questions about the availability of federal funding for the project.
Lanes will close, connectors will change and exit ramps will be shut down along Interstate 35W from downtown Fort Worth to Basswood Boulevard to the north, according to a news release from officials with the $1.4 billion North Tarrant Express 35W project.
Elena Studier, a sophomore at George Washington University, is traveling more than 10,000 miles this summer armed with little more than an Amtrak rail pass and her bicycle. She was scheduled to arrive in Fort Worth on Saturday.
The Main Street bridge over Texas 183 in Euless will be closed Tuesday night in preparation for its demolition this weekend. The bridge — along with a pedestrian bridge that serves Euless Junior High — will be demolished beginning at 11 p.m. Friday, which will result in numerous detours and roads being closed.
Someone broke into three portable electronic highway signs early Tuesday on Interstate 30 in Dallas County and changed the wording of the messages, which are normally used to warn motorists about lane closures. Instead, the signs featured quips such as “Donald Trump is a shape shifting lizard.”
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