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The City of Fort Worth requested that Freese and Nichols perform a feasibility study on Royal Creek to determine if the channel erosion in the study reach could be stabilized using natural channel design techniques. The City’s goals were to reduce erosion and “showcase” a natural channel design.

The City of Fort Worth had received complaints from residents along the creek about channel erosion and localized flooding, specifically about a failed concrete drop structure that resulted in a 13-foot vertical drop in the channel bed. 

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On Nov. 7 of this week, the North Texas Land/Water Sustainability Forum named Freese and Nichols the winner of the Green Roadway Challenge in the Low Impact Development Design Competition​! Our design team's submittal, a retrofit of South Lamar Street in Dallas, received this honor from a panel of judges that included officials from the Cities of Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington; the Army Corps of Engineers' Fort Worth District; and local development companies and architecture firms. In addition...

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When a Freese and Nichols Southeast Division team replaced the Jones Creek Spillway​, west of Houston, they designed and built it to withstand an extreme scenario. But they probably didn't expect such an event to happen so soon.

On May 11, four days after completion, the Spillway was tested by a storm just under the 100-year storm event: a flood that resulted in headwaters only one foot below the design elevation. The project passed the test, and the team was pleased to see it operate as intended. 

The design included installation of flood gauges on the upstream side of the...

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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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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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As part of the firm’s Bee Cave Parkway project, Freese and Nichols designed a two-span pedestrian and cyclist crossing under Bee Cave Parkway and alongside Freitag Creek to provide access to the city park. Throughout the project, keeping close to Freitag Creek’s natural features was crucial to the City.

Innovative Creek Crossing under Bee Cave Parkway
Freese and Nichols innovatively designed Freitag Creek’s two-span pedestrian crossing under Bee Cave Parkway as a multi-purpose facility able to provide pedestrian and cyclist access as well as convey stormwater...

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