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Contractor hired to complete Airfield Falls Trailhead

Tarrant Regional Water District hires contractor to complete Airfield Falls Trailhead in Westworth Village.
Tarrant Regional Water District hires contractor to complete Airfield Falls Trailhead in Westworth Village. Star-Telegram

A year after construction stopped at the Airfield Falls Trailhead near the Naval Air Station Fort Worth gates, the Tarrant Regional Water District will pay a second contractor to complete the more than $1.6 million project.

The water district recently approved a $864,933 contract with Texas One Source Industrial Solutions in Fort Worth, which had been a subcontractor on the project, to complete a jet display, a pavilion, restrooms and the parking lot at the trailhead on Pumphrey Drive by this fall.

Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Co., the bonding company for the original contractor, Struhs Commercial Construction in Fort Worth, which walked away from the project last year, has agreed to terms of a performance bond and will reimburse the water district for the contract, said Wayne Owen, the district’s planning director.

Texas One Source is expected to be on-site working in the next 30 days, and the work should take about three months to complete, said Chad Lorance, the water district’s spokesman. Additional landscaping will be completed once that work is done, he said.

The Airfield Falls Trailhead, planned since 2011, was expected to be completed two years ago. A McDonnell-Douglas C-9 from Naval Air Station Fort Worth sits at the site. The wings and tail section are to become a lighted centerpiece of the park.

In February, the water district hired a consultant to review what work needed to be completed to finish the project, Lorance said.

Struhs’ initial contract in August 2013 was for $1,642,000, but it was increased to $1,713,187 following some changes to the project, the water district said. Struhs has been paid $1,406,883, the water district said.

A couple of years ago, the water district connected the site to the Trinity Trails, more than 40 miles of recreational trails along the Trinity River and its tributaries, because of a popular natural waterfall. The trailhead will have a 30-space parking lot, restrooms, picnic facilities and demonstration gardens.

The water district’s new contract comes two months after Cheyenne Construction in Fort Worth filed sued Struhs and Philadelphia Indemnity, saying it is owed $165,815 for concrete-related work on the project, as well as an additional $51,289 in contractual retainage, a withholding that is paid when work is completed.

According to the suit filed in February in state court in Tarrant County, Cheyenne Construction said it completed $513,966 worth of work, but was only paid $348,150. When Struhs refused to pay what was owed, Cheyenne Construction perfected a claim against the bond. The company is also seeking $85,000 in attorneys fees, according to the suit.

Westworth Village owns the 2.5-acre property where the Airfield Falls Trailhead is under construction, but the water district has an interlocal agreement with the municipality to build and maintain the trailhead and trails there.