Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Pedestrian Bridge Steel Arch Now Placed
A construction milestone for the City of Fort Worth’s Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Pedestrian Bridge took place on Monday, April 23 at 2:30 p.m. Construction crews positioned the bridge’s 163-foot-long arch across the Trinity River as the bridge nears completion. The $2.5-million bridge is the first arch-supported stress-ribbon bridge in the United States, and is named for local community advocate Phyllis J. Tilley who helped found Fort Worth Streams and Valleys, Mayfest and numerous other initiatives that have focused on beautifying and revitalizing the Trinity River in Fort Worth.
“The Tilley Bridge will provide a significant focal point for trail users between Trinity Park and downtown,” said Mark Rauscher, Director of Planning and Development for the City of Fort Worth. “This one-of-a-kind structure will serve as a jewel for future generations and illustrates the valuable partnership that exists between Streams & Valleys, the City of Fort Worth, TxDOT, the Tarrant Regional Water District, and community stakeholders.”
The bridge was designed by Freese and Nichols and Rosales + Partners in collaboration with Schlaich Bergermann und Partner of New York. Freese and Nichols was the lead design firm, with subconsultant Rosales +Partners of Boston responsible for the architectural design.
Located on the Clear Fork of the Trinity River in Fort Worth, the bridge will link the City’s popular Trinity Trails, Trinity Park and Cultural District on the west side of the river with downtown Fort Worth on the east. Goals for the bridge project include encouraging bike and pedestrian traffic; allowing downtown residents and workers access to Trinity Park and the trail system; linking residential development in the Cultural District with downtown and the trail system; and helping to relieve traffic congestion.
The pedestrian bridge is part of the Trinity River Vision Master Plan’s program to extend the system of trails and neighborhood connections along the Trinity River and its tributaries. Funding for the bridge has come from multiple sources including the City of Fort Worth, Streams and Valleys, Inc., and federal funding.