$15 Million from Regional Transportation Council will allow completion of Henderson and Main Street Bridges

Fort Worth, TX- Congresswoman Granger today announced that $15 million has been secured from the Regional Transportation Council of the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) for the Henderson and Main Street bridges in Trinity Uptown.  The new funding will enable both bridges to be constructed on schedule. 

Granger has delivered $23 million in federal funding for the bridges and coordinated with the NCTCOG, which secured $15 million in Surface Transportation Program Metropolitan Mobility funds for this effort.  The local match of $24.8 million is already in place.  With the combined federal and local funding, these bridges are now fully funded.  This has been a partnership between local governments, the RTC and the Texas Transportation Commission.

The new Henderson Street Bridge will be the first bridge constructed as part of the Trinity River Vision.  Actual construction to relocate water and sewer utilities in advance of bridge construction begins in November.  Completion of design and engineering is slated for late summer 2012 with actual construction beginning in fall 2012.  Coordination with the franchise utilities with respect to design and construction activities also continues.  The Henderson Street Bridge is within budget and on schedule.

The North Main Street Bridge is the second bridge to be constructed as part of the Trinity River Vision.  Final design and engineering on the North Main Street Bridge is currently underway and is expected to be completed by summer 2013 with construction beginning in the fall of 2013.  The North Main Street Bridge continues to be on schedule and meeting budget expectations.

“This project is moving forward on schedule because of the hard work of all the partners involved like Mayor Price, Michael Morris, and Jungus Jordan,” said Granger.  “The Trinity River Vision is a key part of Fort Worth’s future and will bring 16,000 jobs and over $1 billion in economic benefits to our community.”  

“The Trinity River Vision is a game-changing project with significant, positive implications for our city,” said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. “This funding is critical to seeing this project through for the people of Fort Worth.  On behalf of our citizens, we thank Michael Morris and our friends at the North Central Texas Council of Governments.  We also thank Rep. Kay Granger for her unbridled support of this shared vision.”

“Transportation is a critical component to the Trinity Uptown project to help create a vibrant sense of place and allow residents, businesses and visitors to have necessary mobility improvements to access this new sustainable area,” said Jungus Jordan, Fort Worth City Councilmember and RTC Chairman.  “The RTC has been working with the City of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, and the Trinity River Vision Authority for years to find the funding for these bridges.”