Fort Worth broke ground Wednesday on the long-planned $12 million Hemphill-Lamar Connector, an underpass that will connect downtown to the Near Southside between Taylor Street and Vickery Boulevard.
The project, expected to be completed in 2016, includes a roadway and pedestrian tunnel beneath Interstate 30 and a new rail bridge to support four existing Union Pacific Railroad lines.
The pedestrian tunnel will include wide sidewalks, bike lanes, drainage improvements, irrigation and landscaping.
Plans call for a four-lane major arterial street comprising 12-foot lanes, retaining walls, streetlights and traffic signals.
McCarthy Building Co. is construction manager on the project.