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Trail Drive extension construction scheduled to begin in February

Posted Jan. 29, 2018

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The start of construction on an alternative for motorists trying to navigate the Cultural District and the West Seventh corridor is scheduled for February 2018.

Hear the construction schedule and impacts to traffic at a community meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Camellia Room, located at 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.

The city’s Transportation & Public Works Department will meet with residents and business owners to outline construction activities, road closures and timeline.

An eastern extension of Trail Drive will link University Drive and West Lancaster Avenue, improving mobility in the Cultural District and West Seventh area.

New development has intensified traffic-flow challenges around West Seventh Street, University Drive and West Lancaster Avenue. By combining public assets from the Fort Worth Independent School District, the city and Tarrant County, mobility in the area will now be improved. This will be accomplished by building a street connecting West Lancaster Avenue to University Drive.

Trail Drive currently runs south of the Will Rogers Memorial Center livestock barns from Montgomery Street to University Drive. A proposed eastern extension, about one-third mile long, will intersect with West Lancaster Avenue at Currie Street, allowing motorists to access attractions in the West Seventh neighborhood.

The new road will cross the Farrington Field parking lot, running north and south, which required FWISD to grant an easement for a dedicated roadway to the city.

The road extension will help drivers avoid busy intersections — and long traffic lights — on University, West Lancaster and West Seventh Street.

Constructing the road requires relocating the city’s Park and Recreation maintenance facilities at the north end of Trinity Park. This change will open as many as nine acres of additional usable park land and improve access to the Van Zandt Cottage, a city-owned historic landmark.

Trail Drive from University Drive to West Lancaster Avenue will be constructed as a two-lane undivided roadway with sidewalks, street lights and intersection improvements.

Van Zandt Lane is a new two-lane roadway that is being constructed from Trail Drive to Foch Street.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Leon Wilson at 817-392-8883.

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