Blog 2018-12-12T12:27:52-06:00

Statement from TRVA Board President G.K. Maenius: DRAFT REPORT OF TRVA PROGRAMMATIC REVIEW

DRAFT REPORT OF TRVA PROGRAMMATIC REVIEW Released For Public Review Last Wednesday, July 10th, the Trinity River Vision Authority Board of Directors met in its regularly scheduled monthly meeting. As part of the meeting’s Agenda, there was an update concerning the Trinity River Vision’s (aka: Central City Flood Control Project’s) pending programmatic review. Earlier that day, we had received the Draft Report from our outside independent consultant (Riveron). At the time of this meeting, neither I, nor any TRVA Board member, had the opportunity to review Riveron’s Draft review. Industry best practices call for an internal review of a draft report to ensure that the data underlying the development of findings, and eventually the making of recommendations, is accurate. At last week’s meeting, the TRVA Board members were provided with a copy of the Draft Report and asked to submit any comments directly to Riveron. It was also stated at last week’s meeting that when Riveron presented its Final Report to the Board, both the Draft and the Final versions of the programmatic review would be released to the public. While there was much Board discussion about the time necessary to respond to the Draft Report, we

TxDOT Bridge Updates – July 2019

The three TxDOT signature bridges under construction on White Settlement Road, North Main Street, and Henderson Street, have seen lots of progress recently! 18 out of the 20 V-piers have been completed, concrete is being poured for the support for the white settlement roadway and you can see even more every time you drive by one of the three bridges. White Settlement Road Bridge:  TxDOT’s contractor has completed pouring all 8 of the signature V-piers, they have now proceeded to the bridge deck and are pouring the lower portion of the White Settlement bridge deck that supports the roadway. North Main Street Bridge: TxDOT’s contractor has completed all 4 of the V-piers on North Main Street, as well as recently installing all of the steel to support the falsework for the deck of the bridge. They have also started the the support for the steel cages that are needed to begin pouring concrete for the roadway. In addition, the north and south approaches leading up to the bridge have been paved. Henderson St. Bridge:

If Fort Worth is Cowtown, what’s with all the panthers? – WFAA

Have you ever wondered how Fort Worth received its nickname, Panther City, or why there are panther references all over town? WFAA was curious and looked into the long history of panthers in good old Cowtown. Check out what they discovered below. "FORT WORTH, Texas — DFW is one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation, which means there are more and more people moving here that don’t know the story behind the nickname "Panther City." From statues to high school mascots and even police badges, you can find panthers all over the city of Fort Worth. But why? Teresa Burleson of the North Fort Worth Historical Society says it all started back in 1875, when an attorney wrote a tongue-in-cheek article for the Dallas Herald, mocking the quiet nature of the neighboring town to the west. “He said things were so slow in Fort Worth, he saw a panther sleeping on the courthouse steps,” Burleson said. But did a panther actually fall asleep in the middle of town? “I kind of doubt it,” Burleson said.  “We have no documentation of the truth of that story.” But instead of firing back, the townspeople

A River Boat Yours on the Trinity River? Coming Soon!

During the Tarrant Regional Water District Board meeting on Tuesday, June 18, TRWD approved a three-year license agreement for Panther Island Boat Tours to operate and use a modular dock to be located at Panther Island Pavilion near Tarrant County College's Trinity River Campus. Shanna Cate, Director of Programming and Development, said, “We’re really excited to bring this new venture to Fort Worth and Panther Island. We’ve heard so many requests from people who want to be on the water for a leisurely activity with no swimsuit or paddle required. This will be the perfect complement to our other river activities.” Mitch Whitten, Executive Vice President of Visit Fort Worth, the city’s tourism bureau, agrees. “Experiences are vital for residents to offer their out-of-town guests. We encourage all visitors to stay longer and experience more of Fort Worth, which is a key goal of our Destination Master Plan. New river cruises support that goal and can be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.” The Fort Worth Chamber also expressed enthusiasm. “This will offer our residents a whole new way to connect with our waterway and learn more about Fort Worth’s natural surroundings. The new cruises will be a unique

  • Oxbow Phase 2 Awarded in support of the Trinity River Vision/Central City Project

Corps of Engineers Awards $5.2 Million to Advance Trinity River Vision/Central City Project – Fort Worth Magazine

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently awarded the contract for Oxbow Phase within Gateway Park as part of the Central City Project. Read more about it from the Fort Worth Magazine article below. More earth will soon be moving on the Trinity River Vision/Central City Project — the initiative recently received $5.2 million from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, for the construction of Oxbow Phase 2. The Corps announced the contract in a press release dated May 31. According to the release, the work includes the mass excavation of the Oxbow Site H (see diagram below) as well as tree protection, tree removal, utility protection, drainage culvert, fencing, site restoration using a variety of seed mixes and incidental related work. “With this $5.2 million in contract award, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues the progress with our stakeholders in accomplishing the overall goals and objectives of the Trinity River Vision Project. Construction continues to bring the overall project forward for the people of Texas,” project manager Gail Hicks says. Much confusion about the Corps' role has to do with semantics, Hicks says. The "Panther Island Project" refers to the intended development

  • Oxbow Phase 2 Awarded in support of the Trinity River Vision/Central City Project

Statement from The US Army Corps of Engineers: USACE awards $5.2M contract for Trinity River Vision/Central City Project

Trinity River Vision/Central City Project FORT WORTH, Texas – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, awarded today a contract totaling $5.2 million for the construction of Oxbow Phase 2 in support of the Trinity River Vision/Central City Project. Contract award was to Ahtna Incorporated, an Alaska Native Regional Corporation from Anchorage, Alaska and is awarded under the Small Business Administration’s 8a program. The work includes the mass excavation of the Oxbow Site H for the purposes of developing valley storage for the Fort Worth Central City project. In addition to the mass excavation, the project includes tree protection, tree removal, utility protection, drainage culvert, fencing, and site restoration using a variety of seed mixes, and incidental related work. Site H consists of an approximately 26 acre site which requires an estimated 81,000 CY of excavation with all material exported to the Site I disposal site. A temporary site entrance and haul road will be constructed and maintained for ingress and egress of construction equipment and hauling. A storm drainage culvert will be constructed as well as perimeter fencing to control access to the property. Site I consists of an approximately 10.1 acre

SteerFW Welcomes Council Member Carlos Flores!

Fort Worth City Councilman and TRVA Board Member Carlos Flores is now the co-sponsor for Steer Fort Worth. SteerFW is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that grows emerging leaders to be civically engaged in Fort Worth, TX. Mayor Betsy Price first established SteerFW in 2011 in response to the low voter turnout rates within the city from citizens in the “young professional” age range, and they became a non-profit entity in 2016. Their primary goal is to foster civic engagement among emerging leaders in Fort Worth and broader Tarrant County. They are here to be a resource and point of connection to help you understand the best ways to become involved in this city. You might make some great friends along the way, too! Read what they have to say about the addition of Carlos Flores and click on the button below to learn how to get involved! SteerFW Welcomes Council Member Carlos Flores!Let's give a big SteerFW welcome to Council Member Carlos Flores! Councilman Flores will be stepping into the role as the new City Council Co-Sponsor for SteerFW. We are super excited to have him on board and cannot wait to collaborate with him on how to

Who Does What?

The Panther Island and Gateway Park Projects are a combination of Federal Projects and Local Initiatives. Be in the know of who is the lead agency and for which aspect and connect with those project managers for specific questions on current or upcoming construction and contracting.

Protecting the Trinity River

Many of the initiatives mentioned in the video will be used on Panther Island to keep the Trinity River one of the cleanest sections in the state. When it comes to the Trinity, TRWD - Tarrant Regional Water District, takes a proactive approach to keep pollutants from reaching the river. Watch how TRWD works with developers and the public to try to protect the river.