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Statement from Congresswoman Granger: USACE expresses great support for Fort Worth Flood Control Project

2019-03-28T08:31:47-06:00 March 28th, 2019|Press Releases|

WASHINGTON—Today in Washington, top officials testified to their strong commitment for the Fort Worth Central City Flood Control Project. R.D. James, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Civil Works, stated "I very strongly support the project.” James further added "It is a good project.” In response to the committee's questioning the Corps' commitment to finishing projects once started, like the Fort Worth project,  Lieutenant General Todd Semonite, Commanding General Chief of Engineers, responded "Absolutely." He closed by saying if the administration provides the funding, "we are absolutely committed to ruthlessly continuing to complete all projects and get them done." “It has been an honor to work with the Fort Worth US Army Corps of Engineers," said Congresswoman Granger. "Fort Worth appreciates their continued commitment and their recognition of how important this project is for the protection of our community." Background: The Fort Worth Central City project (known locally as the Trinity River Vision/Panther Island Flood Control Project) would deliver needed flood protection for over 2400 acres of existing Fort Worth neighborhoods valued at over $2.4 billion.  The Project includes cleaning numerous hazardous waste sites providing critical urban aquatic ecosystem restoration. Construction was initiated in 2009 using a combination

City of Fort Worth: Work begins on White Settlement Bridge superstructure

2018-06-08T13:42:05-06:00 June 8th, 2018|In the News|

Texas Sterling, the Texas Department of Transportation’s contractor for the Panther Island bridges, has been making major progress on the new White Settlement Bridge. The eighth and final concrete V-pier pour was completed in May, and the contractor has started constructing the superstructure that will allow for the construction of the deck structure — the part of the bridge motorists will drive on. The contractor is currently working on both the east and west ends of the bridge. The new bridge will serve as a connector across a new bypass channel and over the Trinity River. The bridge will join its partners at Main Street and Henderson Street as one of Fort Worth’s three iconic V-pier bridges. The Panther Island project is a collaborative effort between the Trinity River Vision Authority, TxDOT, the City of Fort Worth, North Central Texas Council of Governments, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Tarrant County.

CBS 11: Fort Worth Police Returning To Old Training Center That May Not Be Usable In 5 Years

2018-02-16T11:39:27-06:00 February 13th, 2018|In the News|

Fort Worth Police Returning To Old Training Center That May Not Be Usable In 5 Years FORT WORTH (CBS11) – Seven years ago Fort Worth sold its aging police and fire training center on Calvert St., and moved out. Now, police are getting ready to move back in. City crews are putting in walls, adding doors, and finishing work turning training rooms into office space. The $2.2 million project includes upgrading electrical, heating, air conditioning and running cable for computers. A couple hundred employees are expected to move in in April. They may have to move out again though in less than five years. While the training center was aging, it’s also is in the way of the Trinity River Vision, an effort to reshape the city’s north side, and reroute the Trinity River. One of the new channels would run across the edge of the property, and potentially a road through the middle of it. That’s one of the reasons the city sold the property in 2011 for more than $4 million to the Tarrant Regional Water District. “When we sold this facility, we were getting out of it, and we weren’t coming back,” said Steve Cooke, the director

  • Panther Island Bridge Construction On White Settlement In Fort Worth

Fort Worth Business Press: Water District may put $250 million bond plan to voters

2018-02-16T11:04:31-06:00 February 11th, 2018|In the News|

Fort Worth Business Press: Water District may put $250 million bond plan to voters Marice Richter mrichter@bizpress.net The Tarrant Regional Water District is set to ask voters to approve adding another $250 million to the tab for the long-planned Panther Island project north of downtown Fort Worth. The water district board of directors’ monthly meeting on Thursday includes an agenda item to call call the bond election on May 5. If voters agree, the cost of the project is expected to increase to $1.16 billion up from $909 million, according to TRWD documents. TRWD officials said the bond would not require a tax rate increase.  In a document about the proposed bond issue, TRWD officials said the agency had been relying on natural gas revenues to pay its portion of the formidable project but the drop in natural gas prices has wiped out that revenue stream. “After thoroughly examining different options that respect the existing caps and maintained an expected zero tax rate increase, it was determined that this lost funding could be replaced with the issuance of an expected zero-tax rate increase improvement bond package,” the document states. Along with the lost natural revenue, the cost of the

Star-Telegram: Part of Fort Worth’s Main Street to close as work revs up on Panther Island bridges

2018-02-16T15:15:24-06:00 December 27th, 2017|In the News|

Star-Telegram: Part of Fort Worth’s Main Street to close as work revs up on Panther Island bridges Motorists who use North Main Street to travel between downtown Fort Worth and the Stockyards should be prepared to use a detour — for roughly the next three years. Starting at 3 a.m. Saturday, North Main Street will be closed in both directions between Northeast Seventh and 11th streets — not far from LaGrave Field and the Coyote Drive-In theater. Traffic will be detoured to Commerce Street and delays for drivers are expected to be minimal. The reason? Workers will be building a new bridge as part of the nearly $1 billion Panther Island project that will eventually carry North Main Street traffic over a re-routed portion of the Trinity River. The bridge will be built over dry land so that when the money is available to re-route the river, the road will already be in place. Read the rest of the story on the Star-Telegram's Website >

STAR-TELEGRAM: $55 million Panther Island community taking shape in Fort Worth

2018-02-05T22:25:52-06:00 December 27th, 2017|In the News|

STAR-TELEGRAM: $55 million Panther Island community taking shape in Fort Worth For years, it seemed as if the Panther Island project was going nowhere. While land was being purchased and buildings demolished to make way for the $910 million flood control and economic development project, sometimes it was hard to imagine if it would ever be built — much less what it might look like. That won’t be a problem in 2018. Work on all three of the project’s landmark bridges — White Settlement Road and Henderson Street and North Main Street — will pick up speed. On the White Settlement bridge, workers will complete pouring concrete in its eight signature v-piers and begin erecting the rest of the superstructure. During the first quarter of 2018, construction on the $55 million, 300-unit Encore Panther Island community is expected to begin. Besides being the first private development, it also will straddle the first section of one of the interior canals. Construction on the canal is expected to begin next year, too. Work on the valley storage areas to hold floodwaters will continue. The first phase of the excavation in Gateway Park in east Fort Worth will be completed and

Thurber Brick to be Incorporated into Canal Design

2019-01-23T09:27:10-06:00 December 11th, 2017|TRVA Blog|

Thurber Brick To Be Incorporated Into Canal Design Did you know? The iconic Thurber Brick comes from Thurber, Texas (halfway between Fort Worth and Abilene). In the early 1900’s the Thurber brick plant was the largest producer west of the Mississippi. At its height of operation, the plant produced 40 varieties of brick and nearly 800 workers produced 80,000 bricks a day. During excavation work on the Panther Island North Main Bridge, the contractor found original Thurber Brick. Used to line many of Fort Worth’s historic streets, the brick was paved decades ago but is still in great condition. To ensure that part of Fort Worth’s rich history is incorporated into the design of Panther Island, the brick was moved and stored. The brick will be used for portions of the public walkways that will line the canals running through Panther Island. A series of canals will manage the storm water through Panther Island. Conventional underground conveyance systems that use gutter and pipe will be replaced. Besides storm water relief function, the canals will provide a continuous public boardwalk along the water’s edge. Lifestyle amenities will enhance where our community will live, work, dine,

Trinity River Bass Battle

2018-01-31T13:47:56-06:00 December 11th, 2017|TRVA Blog|

Trinity River Bass Battle  Recreation on the river has become a part of the culture of Fort Worth. In 2016, the Trinity Bass Battle started at Panther Island Pavilion to give anglers the opportunity to experience some of the best urban fishing in the state. In 2017, there were 10 tournaments held on the Trinity River totaling over 295 entries. The largest fish caught, 24.75’’, would have won Big Bass in all but 3 other known tournaments in the North Texas area in 2017. Tim Martin, General Manager of Backwoods-Fort Worth and the tournament director, sees the importance this event has on raising awareness for recreation and urban fishing in the Trinity. “The founding purpose of the Trinity Bass Battle was to raise awareness of the recreational and competitive bass fishing potential of the Trinity River in Fort Worth and inspire more people to launch a kayak and explore it,” said Martin. “For many years, the river was an underappreciated resource in Fort Worth and it’s great to see so many people interested in getting out on the water.”

Gratitude for River Pal, Sal

2018-01-31T13:55:52-06:00 November 19th, 2017|TRVA Blog|

Gratitude for River Pal, Sal Councilman, Carlos Flores jumps aboard as replacement. Trinity River Vision Authority's Board of Directors honored friend and fellow board member, Sal Espino for five years of dedicated service this past Tuesday, October 17 at the organization's October Board meeting. Since joining the board in 2012, the former Fort Worth City Councilman has been instrumental in guiding development of the Trinity River Vision Masterplan and Panther Island. Not only did Espino personally educate the community on the importance of mobility with transit options, he has also been an avid supporter of recreation and entertainment programming on the river. His enthusiasm for Panther Island Pavilion and the Trinity Trails continuously encouraged the public to take advantage of the amenities and events available to residents and visitors in the area.​ Espino will be missed and the board is grateful for his contributions during his tenure. The TRVA Board of Directors is excited to announce that newly elected Fort Worth City Councilman, Carlos Flores will be joining the board as their newest member. Flores is a life-long resident of Fort Worth and is currently raising his family in the Northside. Flores' passion for the betterment of the