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Fort Worth’s Phyllis J. Tilley Bridge ribbon cutting and dedication event is taking place on Saturday, August 25. The pedestrian bridge is the first arch-supported, stress ribbon bridge in the United States and will link the City's Trinity Trails, Trinity Park and Cultural District to downtown Fort Worth.

Click here to watch several phases of the Tilley Bridge construction.

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Brooke Droptini, Engineer, Urban Planning and Design, was appointed to the City of Tyler's Historical Preservation Board on August 22. The Board makes recommendations to the City Manager, Planning and Zoning Board and the Council regarding the designation of any location, structure, building or area as an official historical site. It also makes recommendations about the future preservation and restoration of areas or buildings. Brooke is one of nine board members and will serve a two-year term.

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The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is requesting applications for their Public Works and Economic Development Facilities Program. Funding is available to develop public works projects such as water, wastewater, street or stormwater infrastructure projects. Applicants must meet specific distress criteria. Competitive projects are tied to job creation.

Depending on the level of distress, the federal match is between 50 and 100 percent. Typical awards range from $500,000 to $2,000,000. Applications are due September 14, 2012. If you have questions or would like to...

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The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is requesting applications for their Public Works and Economic Development Facilities Program. Funding is available to develop public works projects such as water, wastewater, street or stormwater infrastructure projects. Applicants must meet specific distress criteria. Competitive projects are tied to job creation.

Depending on the level of distress, the federal match is between 50 and 100 percent. Typical awards range from $500,000 to $2,000,000. Applications are due September 14, 2012. If you have questions or would like to...

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The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has been reauthorized for five years, through September 30, 2017. The “Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act of 2012," part of the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act” (HR 4348), was signed into law by President Obama on July 6, 2012. The American Public Works Association reports:

“In addition to the long term reauthorization, the NFIP was amended to include the following:

  • Amends the premium rate structure and establishes a Reserve Fund which will create a long-term solvency for the NFIP. To
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Professionals from Freese and Nichols will be at booth number three at the Transportation and Infrastructure Summit in Irving on August 14 through 17. Both David Sloan, P.E., BCEE, and Kevin St. Jacques, P.E., PTOE, PTP, will be moderating panels. Follow the online summit conversation by using the hashtag #TandISummit on Twitter.

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For more information, contact Kelly Dillard.

Freese and Nichols was contracted by the City of Arlington to formulate and design drainage improvements to alleviate the repetitive flooding of approximately 30 residential structures in the Green Meadows subdivision. The flood prone homes are located in a low-lying area which is adjacent to an existing undersized channel.

The project started in 2008 with a dynamic hydraulic modeling study and alternatives analysis. Several public meetings as well as significant public...

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The blue glow emanating from Trinity Park last Friday night will soon become a feature of the Fort Worth landscape. Freese and Nichols tested the lighting of the Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Pedestrian Bridge, and it passed with flying —walking? — colors.

The arch-supported stress ribbon bridge, the first of its kind in the United States, spans the Clear Fork of the Trinity River and connects Fort Worth's downtown and Cultural District. It is named for Phyllis J. Tilley, who helped found river beautification initiatives such as Mayfest and Streams and Valleys.

A dedication and...

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