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Trinity River Vision remains focused, on schedule

by Lee Graham | Sep 27, 2011

Trinity River Vision remains focused, on schedule

Timelines and budget estimates remain unchanged for $910 million project

By A. Lee Graham

The Trinity River Vision project remains on schedule and on budget, according to a city official who described the $910 million undertaking as a historic step for Fort Worth.

“It is so significant in its magnitude and so important for the future of the city, it is akin to the impact of Alliance Airport on the city,” said Randle Harwood, director of the city’s Planning and Development Department.

Project timelines and budget estimates remain unchanged since the Fort Worth City Council heard an update at its Aug. 23 regular meeting.

The mammoth undertaking promises flood control, infrastructure upgrades, economic development opportunities and recreational development, including public access to trails and riverfront. Federal funding is $488 million, with local funding at $422 million.

For the central city project, the plan promises flood control improvement and a rebuilt Henderson Street bridge.

Reconstruction of the West Seventh Street bridge is not part of the Trinity River Vision project. But utility relocation already has begun and will continue into next year, when precast bridge elements are placed. The bridge itself will topple in July 2013 and reopen just four months later.

For what developers call the Trinity Uptown component of the Trinity River Vision project, residents can expect an 800-acre mixed-use development connecting downtown, the Cultural District and the near North Side.

Remaining project components are the Gateway Park master plan and what’s dubbed the Trinity River Vision-Experience, providing greater river access over 88 miles of river and tributaries.

The project bodes well for potential economic opportunities, Harwood said.

“We are in a unique position that no other city in North America can claim,” he said, citing the amount of waterfront access near downtown as unique to Fort Worth.

“I just think that it gives us an economically competitive advantage,” Harwood said. “You can’t create that, although we are creating additional riverfront by using the bypass channel.”

Harwood said that the 800 acres of undeveloped land are increasing in value “and can be put to other uses, like higher-density residential.”