New concepts unite impressive styling with budget savvy engineering
FORT WORTH, Texas – The City of Fort Worth today presented the Trinity River Vision (TRV) bridge plans to the TRV Bridge Steering Committee at City Hall. Internationally recognized bridge designer Miguel Rosales of Rosales + Partners of Boston, Massachusetts, along with John Dewar, Project Manager with local engineering firm Freese & Nichols, provided the plans for the three bridges that will create a stylish entrance into the urban, waterfront community of Trinity Uptown.
On a mission to design bridges that are both beautiful and budget-friendly, the City of Fort Worth worked with the design team to present unique bridge design options that are within budget to a dedicated citizen advisory group to ensure that community needs remain at the forefront of the design process. A major goal is that the bridges – which will cross over the future bypass channel at White Settlement Rd., Henderson St. and Main St. – will provide a pedestrian-friendly experience and complement the iconic architectural components of the Cultural District and Downtown.
"I am honored to have had the opportunity to design bridges for a community that truly embraces their Trinity River," said Miguel Rosales, lead designer of the bridges. "We hope that these designs captivate the community’s desire for a unique bridge that attracts people to the river and cherishes the rich character and culture of the neighborhoods which they will connect."
The designs that are being released have been described as clean and modern yet suggestive of the arches of the existing Lancaster Ave. and Main St. bridges. The V-shaped pier design is inspired by local architecture found at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Pier 1 Imports/Chesapeake Energy Building – enhancing the sense of connection between Trinity Uptown and Fort Worth’s most cherished cultural hubs.
"The new Trinity River Bridges will be a beautiful gateway to our city’s Northside and historic Stockyards," remarked Fort Worth City Councilman Sal Espino who chaired the 48-member steering committee. "But more importantly, the designs further the city’s goal of providing multi-modal transportation alternatives, such as bicycling and pedestrian improvements, to help accommodate for future growth and relieve freeway congestion between our central city and our north and northwest quadrants of the city."
The TRV bridge project unveiling is a result of the collaboration between the designers, the TRV partners, the TRV Bridge Steering Committee and the project design team. While the bridges were designed to provide the needed traffic capacity for anticipated growth, all the parties involved stressed that the bridges must be within budget while delivering important features such as pedestrian access to and from the bridges, as well as the look from the trail underneath.
"The bridge designers have worked very closely with the city to deliver a design that is special to Fort Worth. I have been encouraged by their cost-conscious approach in designing unique pedestrian-friendly amenities while still staying within budget" stated Mark Rauscher, TRV Director for the City of Fort Worth.
"The City of Fort Worth and the design team have successfully delivered a tough task," said J.D. Granger, Executive Director of the TRV Authority. "Fort Worth deserves unique bridges that will make our citizens proud for generations to come, but not at the expense of our current generation."
"The V-Pier designs have found the right balance between iconic look and cost effectiveness," said Stephen Darrow, Principal at DMS Architects, Inc. and TRV bridge citizen advisory group member.
While the bridge design team works diligently to make sure crossing over into Trinity Uptown is an experience as unique as the project itself, the TRV project team continues to prepare for the start of bridge construction scheduled to begin next year.
The Trinity River Vision is a spirited partnership between the Tarrant Regional Water District, City of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Streams and Valleys and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The plan connects all communities to the 88 miles of river that run through Fort Worth. There are over 90 projects being implemented that will enhance open spaces, add user-recommended recreational amenities, inspire public art and create an urban waterfront neighborhood in the heart of the city. For more information on the Trinity River Vision visit www.trinityrivervision.org.
Trinity River Vision Authority