An Explosive Groundbreaking for Trinity River Bridges

John Dewar

An explosion marked the kickoff for construction on three signature Panther Island bridges designed by Freese and Nichols, starting the first phase in construction of the Trinity River Vision project.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, U.S. Congresswoman Kay Granger and Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Commissioner Victor Vandergriff began the ceremony with remarks about the project’s impact for Fort Worth.

Our team designed three bridges along Henderson Street, North Main Street and White Settlement Road, including modern roundabout intersections at Henderson Street and White Settlement Road. The bridges will be built over what will be a new 1.5-mile long bypass channel for the Trinity River. The bypass, along with a lake and canal network, will create an 800-acre urban waterfront.

Freese and Nichols developed the overall Program Management Plan that guides the Trinity River Vision Authority and its partners through design, procurement and construction of 23 interconnected projects. We also performed a Low Impact Development (LID) study to evaluate sustainable ways to improve and maintain water quality. The study was the first in the nation to use the Envision™ economic model.

View more photos on our Facebook page and read Fort Worth Star-Telegram coverage of the event.