FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) — The US Army Corps of Engineers released a work plan that includes $403 million for the Trinity River Vision/Central City flood control project.
U.S. Representative Kay Granger says the money should allow for the final design and construction of the 1.5-mile bypass canal, under the now-completed bridges. The river diversion project depended on funding from the US Army Corps of Engineers.
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“As a leader in flood control, I thank the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for understanding this responsibility and meeting this need for Fort Worth. Our community will be safer because of their hard work and dedication. tireless commitment,” Granger said in a statement.
Apparently, the funding is part of more than $7 billion allocated to the projects due to the new infrastructure law last year. pic.twitter.com/XzSCFV693g
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The water redirection will create an island north of downtown Fort Worth — the Panther Island project — where planners envision riverside living. The first residential development along North Main Street began in 2018, promising a canal in the middle of the development.
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Costs for the project, still years away from completion, have ballooned by more than $1.1 billion. Voters approved a bond referendum in 2018 to add $248 million in additional funding.
“The Trinity River Flood Control Project is a critical piece of infrastructure that will provide necessary flood protection and growth opportunities in Fort Worth,” Congressman Marc Veasey said in a statement. “I’m happy to have been part of the bipartisan team that got this project across the goal line.”
The canal will connect sections of the Trinity River north of downtown Fort Worth and east of Montgomery Plaza.
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Tarrant Regional Water District Chairman Leah King said, “This funding responds to Fort Worth’s flood risk that results from a rapidly growing population that has tripled since the construction of our current levee system in 1960. This funding will update our levee system to reduce the risk of flooding to more than 2,400 acres of Fort Worth neighborhoods.