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Crews continue building the foundations of three new bridges

Posted Aug. 13, 2018

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Bridges over the future bypass channel will allow traffic to enter Panther Island from the north and west. (Rendering by Rosales + Partners)

Construction on the Trinity River Vision Authority’s three signature V-pier bridges over the to-be-realigned Trinity River continues at a fast pace.

White Settlement Road Bridge. The Texas Department of Transportation’s contactor, Texas Sterling, has completed all eight of the V-piers. Construction is underway on the superstructure over the piers.
Henderson Street Bridge. Steel cages are being constructed on all of the V-pier structures. The first concrete pour is scheduled for late summer.
North Main Street Bridge. Abutments, drill shafts and pier columns have been completed. Over the next few months, the V-pier structures and steel caging will be constructed, making way for the first concrete pour.

All three bridges are scheduled for completion in 2020.

The bridges get their name from the V-shape of the support pier that will be visible above the water. World-renowned architect Miguel Rosales designed the V-pier structure with Freese and Nichols Inc. of Fort Worth. Aesthetically, the design mirrors structures in Fort Worth’s Cultural District, like the Modern Art Museum. Practically, the V-pier design provides better bridge support with fewer piers. Fewer piers mean less concrete and fewer obstructed views from the river.

Ultimately, the V-piers will support the superstructure of the bridge, which will connect traffic from one side of the bypass channel to the other.

The Panther Island project is a collaborative effort between the Trinity River Vision Authority, TxDOT, the City of Fort Worth, the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Tarrant County.

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