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Hemphill-Lamar Connector project gets fresh restart after Council vote

Posted March 14, 2016

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The connector is scheduled to include a public art component consisting of a series of lit sculptural forms resembling birds and longhorns suspended from the I-30 bridge.

A project that has been touted to reunite downtown and the Near Southside will get back on track thanks to a new funding partnership approved by the City Council this month.

The long-awaited Hemphill-Lamar Connector is a new underpass that was proposed as part of the I-30 relocation in 2002. The underpass will improve connectivity between the Near Southside and downtown, and will provide a more viable pedestrian and bicycle connection than the historic underpasses at Jennings, South Main and Henderson streets.

Work began in March 2015, but increasing costs prompted the city to stop the project last fall.

On March 1, the City Council approved two amendments to the contract with McCarthy Building Companies. One amendment provides $57,164 for additional pre-construction services. The other amendment provides up to $335,000 for re-estimating the total cost of the project and investigating costs associated with contaminated soils and subsurface utility engineering.

Once a new total cost for the project is known, the city will work with the North Central Texas Council of Governments and the Texas Department of Transportation to identify and secure additional funding so the project can be completed.

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