City of Fort Worth, TX

11/29/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/29/2023 05:24

Enhancing safety and durability with funds for West 7th Bridge upgrade

Enhancing safety and durability with funds for West 7th Bridge upgrade

Published on November 29, 2023

The Fort Worth City Council recently approved funds to address vandalism and water intrusion causing lighting issues on the iconic West 7th bridge.

Why it matters: The bridge has passed the warranty period after being constructed a decade ago and the City then adopted the bridge, assuming responsibility for maintaining the lights.

Go deeper: The project includes a specialized engineering inspection of needed repairs, safety lighting design plans and a long-term maintenance plan. The new lighting system will include marine-grade specifications, ensuring waterproofing and durability against condensation and varying weather conditions.

  • The Transportation & Public Works Department receives a large volume of public requests and concerns about the West 7th bridge safety lighting.
  • This project has been prioritized in response to community feedback.
  • TPW has earmarked an estimated $2.5 million outlined in the FY 2024 budget for the design and installation of this initiative.
  • TPW is currently negotiating with a design consultant, but nothing has been finalized.

Photo:The 7th Street Bridge is approaching its 10-year anniversary.

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