The City of Fort Worth is launching a formal mentor/protégé program to help emerging Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (MBEs) build effective working relationships with established contractors and consultants. The Fostering Relationships, Opportunities and Networking Together (FRONT) program will allow Fort Worth’s MBEs to benefit from the knowledge, experience, and social capital of the area’s more established firms, so that they can develop long-term, sustaining relationships within the business community. Mentors are companies already established in the business community willing to invest time and resources to teach critical business strategies to a protégé from the MBE-certified community. Companies of any size within the construction or professional services industries are encouraged to apply as mentors. In order to be eligible to participate in the FRONT program as a mentor, firms must fulfill the following requirements at the time of their application: 1. Perform design, construction, or construction-related professional services as the primary function of their business. 2.Be in business at least five to seven years, with a demonstrated history of prime assignments for at least three years. 3. Have established, documented processes and procedures for major business/operations functions. 4. Have worked, or are currently pursuing work, with the
The need for updated flood protection in the city’s near north side, along with the community’s desire for an urban waterfront, have led the project partners to develop an infrastructure that not only makes our city safer, but also provides a unique opportunity for river recreation and development. The infrastructure constructed as a part of the Central City will eliminate the need for our current levee system – resulting in access right up to the waterfront. The 1.5-mile-long bypass channel and the associated infrastructure is a unique way to provide flood protection for over 2,400 acres of neighborhoods in our community, protecting them from highest level of flooding expected in the area. Pictured above is the future bypass channel between the Panther Island bridges on Henderson St. and White Settlement.
Significant progress continues on the White Settlement Bridge. Work completed in October to date includes three major pours on the bridge’s superstructure. The areas indicated in green (below) show the elements of the bridge pours in October. The blue areas in the graphics reflect August/September bridge concrete pours. Work is progressing from west to east on the bridge and it’s anticipated that additional pours will continue throughout the fall and winter. The lower box girder system, which serves as support for the roadway, on Bents 2 and 3 are now complete and the next steps will include the installation of the tie-beams, which will give the bridge span load carrying capabilities for the bridge deck. Check out the diagrams below to see where past and future pours will be taking place.
The area of our city directly north of downtown, known now as Panther Island, has historically been zoned light industrial providing warehouses, transportation, light assembly, and outside storage. However, under the City of Fort Worth’s Comprehensive Plan, the area is now zoned to deliver a mixed-use product with as many as 10,000 residential units and 3 million square feet of office, retail and residential development. Although this change in land use and density provides great growth opportunities for our community, it also provides many challenges. The area lacks even the most basic infrastructure needs to serve the growing area. The simplest example (albeit kinda gross!) of the lack of system infrastructure needs can be clearly understood just by considering… ahem.. the need to use the restroom. Over the decades, the light industrial area may have had only a couple hundred bathrooms; however with the mixed-use density expected, the number of bathrooms that will be built will likely be in the tens of thousands. The area as it exists today is not setup to provide the density that the City of Fort Worth is planning for the area at full buildout. But increased sewer services is but
Oncor Electric Delivery is currently relocating a larger transmission electric line and power poles into the Panther Island area. Oncor and Tarrant Regional Water District have worked closely together to masterplan the location of the poles along the current levee system so that in the future, the power poles will be within the median of a major arterial street running along the edge of Panther Island. This will be beneficial to the future development of the area. TRWD coordinated this relocation with the USACE to maintain the current levee system’s integrity.
The United States Army Corps of Engineers has begun working on the second phase of valley storage work in Gateway Park. This work is a vital to providing needed flood protection for our city. Check out this brief video above of the progress being made. Map pictured above is of the two work sites for the second phase The work includes the mass excavation of an area in the park for the purposes of developing valley storage for the Fort Worth Central City project. Creating valley storage sites is pivotal to providing flood protection for our city. 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. The first phase of valley storage excavation in the park, which was completed earlier this year, involved removing over 1.4 million CY of material (enough material was moved in phase 1 to fill roughly 40% of AT&T stadium). For phase 2 work, roughly 81,000 CY of material will be removed and brought to a haul site within the park where the old wastewater treatment plant was located. Picture
Panther Island Bridge Updates October 2019 Henderson Street Bridge On September 26, the contractor completed the final signature V-Pier on the Henderson bridge. This means all 20 signature v-piers are now completed. With all of the signature V-Piers complete, you can expect to see the superstructure false work (the temporary support structure for construction) to begin spanning this bridge. The superstructure false work is currently under construction on both the north and south ends of the bridge. Once the superstructure false work is in place, the Contractor will begin installing the steel reinforcement for the bridge’s box girder system. The box girder is the portion of the bridge that supports the roadway. White Settlement Bridge Work is well underway on the box girder superstructure on the White Settlement bridge. The box girder is the portion of the bridge that supports the roadway. During the months of August and September, the bridge contractor performed six major concrete pours associated with the bridge’s support system. Major concrete pours have now been performed on three of the four
The bypass channel and the associated infrastructure is a unique way to provide flood protection for over 2,400 acres of neighborhoods in our community, protecting them from highest level of flooding expected in the area.
The second phase of excavation work in Gateway Park is expected to begin next month. The work includes the mass excavation of an area in the park for the purposes of developing valley storage for the Fort Worth Central City project. Creating valley storage sites is pivotal to providing flood protection for our city. 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. The first phase of valley storage excavation in the park, which was completed earlier this year, involved removing over 1.4 million CY of material (enough material was moved in phase 1 to fill roughly 40% of AT&T stadium). For phase 2 work, roughly 81,000 CY of material will be removed and brought to a haul site within the park where the old wastewater treatment plant was located. Portions of the haul road between the two sites will follow an existing City of Fort Worth haul road used for the demolition of the old wastewater treatment plant. Using this existing haul road will cause minimal traffic impacts to the public. A
Explore the Trinity River On the Water Rent a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard from Backwoods Paddlesports at Panther Island Pavilion. They have various discounts throughout the season! 50% off your rental price when you bring back a bag of trash Tube the Trinity Rent a tube and relax at Panther Island Pavilion during the last Sunday Funday of the year! They have various activities including dog adoptions, FREE waterfront yoga, and The Dog House food truck! Check out their website for more info. Climb Aboard a Family-Friendly Boat Tour Panther Island Boat Tours offers several types of tours that include the rich history of the river and how it shaped Fort Worth, beautiful scenic views and sightings of river wildlife like turtles, herons and other critters. They even have a sunset cruise with dinner! Enjoy an Unique Movie Watching Experience The Coyote Drive-In experience allows you to enjoy a movie from your car or bring some chairs and sit outside of it. Also explore the playground, beer garden, place for kids to throw the ball around all for a great outdoor experience. Coyote shows double features every night on four different screens. Pet friendly and they