A. Lee Graham
Panther Island bridges construction begins on Monday, and the public is invited.
Set for construction along Henderson and Main streets, as well as White Settlement Road, the project kicks off at 9 a.m. Monday Nov. 10.
“These three new signature bridges mark the first phase of major construction for the Trinity River Vision that will change the face of Fort Worth,” said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price in a news release.
“The project will greatly improve connectivity for Fort Worth and enhance commercial and recreational opportunities for all,” Price said.
Speaking at the ceremony will be U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth; Texas Department of Transportation Commissioner Victor Vandergriff; and Price.
Parking for the festivities is set for a quarter-mile north of Mexican Inn Cafe, over the railroad tracks, directly across the street from the Henderson Street Bazaar, 1000 N. Henderson St.
Designed by architect Miguel Rosales and Freese and Nichols Inc. of Fort Worth, the bridges will feature a signature V-pier structure. All three structures will be built simultaneously and will take about three years to complete. The project is led by the Texas Department of Transportation and the city of Fort Worth in cooperation with the North Central Texas Council of Governments.
Overseeing the overall Panther Island-Central City project are the Trinity River Vision Authority, Tarrant Regional Water District, city of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, United States Army Corps of Engineers, Texas Department of Transportation and Streams and Valleys Inc.