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Posted Jan. 12, 2016

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The complete-street program aims to create functional and inviting streets that meet the needs of all users while also supporting the Near Southside's continued revitalization. (Rendering courtesy of Dunaway Associates).

Work continues on the Near Southside’s next transformative project, a South Main Street “complete street” project extending from Vickery Boulevard to Magnolia Avenue.

The project includes a new concrete roadway; wider sidewalks lined with trees and historic lamp posts; upgraded water, sewer and stormwater utilities; protected parallel parking for adjacent businesses; dedicated lanes for bicyclists; and distinctive sidewalk sculptures by renowned artist Benito Huerta.

The new South Main will complement an exciting set of redevelopment projects already being built, with many more on the drawing board. The $8.6 million project is the result of work by community-minded businesses and property owners over the last decade to revitalize South Main.

So far, the contractor has finished installing a 30-inch water line on Vickery Boulevard, and testing on the 16-inch water line in South Main between Vickery Boulevard and Daggett Street is completed.

A crew is testing the water line on Main Street south to Leuda Street, and another crew is tying water lines on the side streets and individual meters to the new water line.

By mid-January, all water connections to the new water line will be complete from Vickery Boulevard to Leuda Street.

Three utility crews will be working in the area. One crew will concentrate on the sewer line between Vickery Boulevard and Peter Smith Street. Another crew will work on the sewer line between Peter Smith and Leuda streets, and the third crew will begin working on the storm drain at Main Street and Vickery Boulevard once the sewer line is south of Daggett Street.

Demolition and excavation of the street pavement from Vickery Boulevard to Daggett Street is scheduled to begin late this month. Work will begin at the Vickery Boulevard intersection and proceed south on Main Street.

The project is being implemented by Fort Worth South Inc., City of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, the North Central Texas Council of Governments, Dunaway Associates and JLB Contracting.

The project is expected to be finished by early November 2016.

To learn more, contact Patrick Buckley at 817-392-2443.

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