Central City

Bypass Channel


Central City Flood Project Overview

Click the tabs to view the infrastructure elements
of the USACE Central City Flood Project.

The primary purpose of the project is to provide needed flood protection. The Central City Flood Project is limited to infrastructure needed for flood protection. By rerouting a section of the Trinity River in Fort Worth, USACE will return flood protection to over 2,400 acres of established Fort Worth neighborhoods. The flood protection project is being constructed by USACE along with the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) as the local sponsor.

At-Risk Neighborhoods
TXDOT Bridges
Bypass Channel
Isolation Gates
Valley Storage
Isolation Gates


Signature bridges over the future bypass channel are being built now and will allow traffic to enter Panther Island from the north and west. They are located at White Settlement Rd., Henderson St. and N. Main St. These bridges have been artfully designed with the pedestrian experience and mass transportation in mind.


Fort Worth has nearly tripled in size since the United States Corps of Engineers built the current levee system in the early 1960s. Our levee system was built for a population of roughly 350,000 people and Fort Worth has now surpassed 900,000 people. Because of the booming population growth, even as far back as the early 2000s, the USACE had already determined that 86% of Fort Worth’s current levee system is no longer tall enough to protect us from the events the Corps expects to hit this area. Meaning, if Fort Worth saw a flood similar to that of the 1949 event, over 2,400 acres of neighborhoods in our city could be flooded again. The map shows the “at-risk” neighborhoods in our city.


A 1.5 mile bypass channel will be constructed to redirect flood waters around the 800-acres of low lying area to the north of Downtown. Providing necessary flood protection for Fort Worth.


Three flood gates will be installed at the portions of the river where the bypass channel and the original river intersect. These gates will remain open at most times, but can be shut during high water events – forcing water through the bypass channel.


Smart sustainable practices will be integrated into the design and construction of new park facilities, flood gates, lakes, dams, roads, bridges and other infrastructure elements.


The future bypass channel will protect more than 2,400 acres of neighborhoods in Fort Worth from the highest level of flooding. However, the bypass channel can’t accomplish this alone. In times of flooding water will be moving through the future bypass channel but there has to be a way to slow that water down so we aren’t flooding our neighbors to the east. A series of valley storage sites (think creating water storage areas downstream to slow water down) is crucial to the Central City Project.

The amount of material moved as well as the locations themselves were carefully chosen. These valley storage sites provide the needed flood protection but also provide multiple use opportunities. In many cases (Riverside Park and Gateway Park for example) USACE will excavate the valley storage site and then that area can be turned over to the City of Fort Worth to provide wonderful park amenities for our city.


Water pumping stations are machines that can be used to transport water from one site to another, without needing direct human or animal input. These devices can supply water to canals, circulate water in treatment systems and can even drain water from low lying land.